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Off-Campus Housing


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Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived on campus all four years so I did not have to find off campus housing

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know enough about it to evaluate anything.

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College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Vanderbilt traditionally doesn't let students live off campus. These past couple of years they have let more people than usual live off campus but that is only because they tore down one of the larger dorms and did not have enough space for everyone. With that said more than 90% of students live on campus.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not a senior, so not eligible to apply for off-campus housing.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Grad students split a house and car pool in for classes. A little further from campus is more reasonable housing cost.

5 people found this useful Report

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There are two large contributing factors as to why the great majority of Vanderbilt students live on campus all four years. One is that the on-campus accommodations are pretty good. The second is that it is almost impossible to get off-campus permission. In fact, students are not even eligible for off-campus status until their senior year, and by that time, you’re pretty much institutionalized to the dorms.

If you do decide that you want to live off campus, there is a wealth of places to live within a short walk or drive from campus. On average, these places are much larger, have more amenities, and are much nicer. At the same time, they are a lot less expensive. The quality of what is available is in the "A" range, but Vanderbilt’s ability to accommodate students who want to live off campus is in the "D" range.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
March and April
Popular Areas
  • 20 and Grand
  • Chowning Square
  • The Grove
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $650
  • 3 BR: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 49 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 50 responses

  • 12% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 30% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 24% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 34% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 49 responses

  • 12% Extremely helpful.
  • 35% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 22% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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