Residence Life and Housing
The memories you will create at Cumberland will be stories you can share for years to come. They are what make Cumberland unique and give you a truly authentic and special experience. We are so glad you made living on campus part of your college career. You will never forget this learning experience. The department is happy to be of service to you during your time at Cumberland.
To apply for residence, please click here.
To complete our off-campus waiver, please click here.
To pay your Residence Life Fees, please click here.
The Office of Residence Life is committed to providing a comfortable and nurturing community conducive to students' pursuit of scholarship, celebration of differences great and small, and assisting students with their social and personal development. Members of the residence life staff at Cumberland University will:
- Support a safe and comfortable living environment where all students are recognized and valued
- Test students to discover more about themselves and others through introspection, examining personal values, personal beliefs, and their awareness of issues surrounding them
- Empower students to pursue personal growth while making being active in the community and providing service to the University and local community
- Encourage the exploration of knowledge, the development of skills, and the understanding of sensitivity and respect as integral parts of the interactions between individuals and groups
- Produce life experiences and classroom activities in a dynamic environment
Living on campus provides an experience that is more than just a place to sleep, study and watch TV. It is a place where students come and are challenged and changed. Living on campus provides a place where Cumberland memories begin and where the relationships developed form friendships that last a lifetime.
Cumberland University requires freshmen students to live in Cumberland University residence halls for their first year. But why you may ask?
- Statistics have shown that students living on campus do better academically
- Students and parents do not have to constantly worry about multiple bills – Room, Board, Utilities, Internet (wired/wireless) and Cable are all inclusive at Cumberland
- Financial Aid is adjusted to accommodate on campus rates and applied directly to the bill
- If your roommate leaves, you do not have to scramble to find a replacement or job to cover the extra costs
- You become more entrenched into the campus life, making it easier to meet new people and the possibility of making life-long friends
- You don’t have to cook your meals; they are prepared for you so that you can spend more time with friends and your studies as opposed to grocery shopping, cooking, and doing the dishes
- The Residence Life staff will create intentional learning experiences to help develop you as an overall person
- In moments of crisis, the Residence Life staff is available to mediate, comfort, and assist with conflict resolution
- Class is no more than a 5 minute walk from anywhere on campus and your car never has to move
- Living in the residence halls creates a gradual progression of personal responsibility and independence
As you can see, living on campus has many benefits. Besides strong academic progress, studies indicate on-campus students have more involvement in academic and co-curricular activities. These same students also feel their overall experience at the University was more satisfying, and they have a higher success rate in the classroom than the general University student.
From opportunities to meet new people to attending social and cultural programs, the Residence Life staff offers our residents a multitude of programming options, tailored to fit anyone’s wants and desires…within limits. On-campus living creates opportunities for students to explore what is in and around campus, without spending time driving or worrying about the day-to-day things that come with living of campus. Within a five minute walk from campus, students can experience movies, concerts, sporting events, the Jimmy Floyd Recreation Center, the library, the bookstore, and even a train that will take you into Downtown Nashville!
When making a decision to live off campus, the most important factor discussed is cost. Living off campus can be expensive, with hidden costs you might not think exist. Many scholarships and government education programs can cover the cost of on-campus housing. Don't overlook hidden costs associated with living off-campus and the advantages of living on campus.
Residential Students should submit all work order requests to the Office of Residence Life via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of Residence Life will pass on all requests to the Department of Physical Plan. Emergency maintenance requests should be directed to Residence Life Staff or Campus Security to ensure immediate response. As standard practice, all requests will be acknowledged by the end of the next working day. Additional notification will be provided upon job completion. Work requests will be prioritized based on the following criteria: safety and health, stoppage in work, order of submission, and general need. All requests involving elective improvements or enhancements will require approval of the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety.
Cumberland University is pleased to offer students the ability to personalize their photo identification card by submitting a photo prior to arrival on campus. Your Cumberland University Photo Identification Card is used to authorize your use of a host of campus resources and confirm your role as a current student. Your photo submission:
- Must be current - taken within the past year
- Must be a color, JPEG Format photo (5MB or smaller digital photo)
- Must be taken straight-on with a front view of your full face centered in the frame from just above the top of your head to your collarbone
- Must have a solid background
- May not contain sunglasses, hats, bandannas, visors, headbands or face paint
- May not contain scarves or veils (Allowances will be made for practitioners of religious faiths that prohibit the removal of the head covering)
- May not contain advertising, hand gestures or messages
To submit your photo, send an e-mail containing the following information:
- To: email@example.com
- Subject: ID Card Photo Submission for (Insert Full Name Here)
- Body: Please include your full name (first middle last), your date of birth, and a telephone number
Find out more about your Student ID.
Named after alumni and former US Supreme Court Justices, Jackson & Lurton Halls (formerly Commons Village I & II respectively) are for students who are at sophomore status or above. This complex has four quads that each house four suites. Each suite features accommodations for six suite-mates with a private bedroom shared between two residents. The suite has a common area downstairs to be used as a living room or gathering place for residents.
Howell E. Jackson Hall (Single Occupancy w/19 meals/week plan) - $4805
Horace H. Lurton Hall (Single occupancy w/19 meals/week plan) - $4805
Edward Potter Hall is the primary housing facility for all first-year male Cumberland students. Edward Potter is a traditional-style residence hall with one bathroom on each hallway. There is one main entrance that opens up to a common lobby for the entire building. The lobby is equipped with comfortable seating, a television and a table and chairs.
Edward Potter – Residence Hall (Double Occupancy and Dining Hall 19 meal/week) per semester - $4300
Justin Potter Hall is the primary housing facility for all first-year female Cumberland students. Justin Potter is a traditional-style residence hall with one community bathroom on each hallway. There is one main entrance that opens up to a common lobby for the entire building. The lobby is equipped with comfortable seating. a television, and a table and chairs.
Justin Potter—Residence Hall (Double Occupancy and Dining Hall 19 meals/week)-per semester - $4300
Opened in 2012, South Hall is a four-story, 152-bed residence hall. South Hall is for students who are at sophomore status or above. A co-educational facility divided by floors, this building features keyless proximity entrance to the main building and assigned floors, a large common room with television and comfortable seating on each floor, dedicated study rooms, vending areas, and video monitored laundry facilities. South Hall features four-person suites with double bedrooms and a shared bathroom facility.
South Hall – Residence Hall (Double Occupancy and Dining Hall 9 meals/week) – per semester- $4700
Residence Life Coordinator living in each hall
Laundry facilities | Vending machines
RAs on each floor or quad
Locked front doors, only accessible to building residents
Bunkable/loftable beds with extra-long mattresses
Desk and chair
Dresser & closet
Connection to campus wireless network
Smoke detector, mini-blinds & cable TV connection
Air-conditioning and heating
Limited number of single-occupancy rooms
Resident Assistant on duty each evening
Cumberland University offers accommodations on campus for single undergraduate and graduate students of any age; but family housing options are restricted to graduate-level or full-time residence life staff serving as residence life coordinator. Our residence halls range in style from historic to modern and range in size from small to large. Also, several halls have academic or featured communities for those looking to broaden their horizons.
Private Room additional charge-per semester - $550
Residence Hall Application Free - $50
Residence Hall Security Deposit – required before move-in - $200
Failure to attend mandatory Residence Hall meeting - $25
Lost Residence Hall Key - $50
Lost Student ID Card - $25
- Area Carpets or Rugs
- House slippers and shower shoes
- Small Fan
- Mattress Pad / Egg Crate / Memory Foam Mattress Cover (twin, extra-long size)
- Lamp or another extra lighting
- Power Strips / Extension Cords (3-pronged)
- Bath Robe, Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths
- Shower Caddy, Fully Stocked
- Coaxial Cable for TV / Ethernet Cables
- Alarm Clock
- Coffee Maker
- Can Opener, Bowls, Plates, Silverware, Dishwashing Soap, Sponges
- 3M Removable Hooks, Tabs, Adhesives
- Dry Erase Markers and Cleaner
- 3-Hole Punch, Stapler, Tape Dispenser, etc.
- Laundry Basket / Liquid Laundry Detergent / Fabric Softener
- Planner / Address Book
- Basic Cleaning Supplies: Disinfectant Wipes, Glass Cleaner, Broom, Dustpan
- Iron and Ironing Board
Each residence hall room is furnished with a twin, extra-long size bed & mattress, desk, desk chair, mini-blinds, closet and dresser drawers for each student.
Edward Potter, and Justin Potter Residence Halls:
Room Size: 16”L x 9’11”W (not including closet space)
Window Size: 49”W x49”L
Bed Size: Twin, extra-long
Mattress Size: 36”W x 80”L (twin, extra-long)
All other residence halls vary in size and shape.
Washers and dryers are located in each of the residence halls. Laundry machine use is included in the cost of each room. We highly recommend that you bring liquid laundry detergent for your clothes and bedding. There have been a number of incidents with students using improper amounts of powdered detergent. This causes machines to break down not be available for other residents to use. Only residential students may use the laundry machines located in the residence halls.
Bedspreads, comforters, and large bulky clothing should not be washed in the machines on campus. Please take them to the dry cleaners, an industrial laundry facility, or home to be cleaned. Washing these items will cause the belts to break in the machines.
- Alarm Clock
- Coffee Pot
- Laptop or PC Computer
- Desk Lamp
- Personal Fan
- Microwave (Under 1,000 watts)
- Refrigerator (Under 4 cubic feet)
- DVD Player
- Gaming Systems
- 3-pronged surge strip (No extension cords)
Cumberland University is a wireless campus, so a wireless network card will be needed. Information on the network and policies will be available when you arrive in the fall.
- Air Conditioners
- Dart Board
- Electric Blankets
- Electric Frying Pans
- Electric Grills
- Electric Heaters
- Halogen Lamps
- Hot Plates
- Pets (except fish)
- Power Tools
- Sun Lamp
- Water Beds
Residence Life Staff and Assistants
The Director of Residence Life is a full-time professional staff member and official of the University who is responsible for the department overall.
The RLCs are part-time professional staff members who oversee one residence hall. This staff member lives in the building and supervises the RA staff of the building in which he/she resides. Additionally, they provide leadership and supervision to an area of residence life and its programming aspects. RLCs are either Master Level Professionals or Graduate Students.
The SRAs are senior student-staff member who are assigned building to help the RLC with the overall maintenance of the building. They help support the RAs with their requirements and any residential issues that arise.
The RAs are student-staff member who are assigned to a floor or quad of rooms. They plan activities, help with issues that arise, interpret University policy as it pertains to the floor community and assist the professional staff with the administration of the residence halls' activities.
Each floor or wing is staffed with one Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are upper-class students who plan activities and programs for the floor, serve as a resource for the residents on the floor, and assist residents with getting involved in campus life. Each RA is trained in helping skills, crisis intervention, conflict mediation, and other areas to help residents cope with the any issues they might experience.
For a more full detailed description, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Resident Assistant Compensation
- Private room with a scholarship to cover half the cost of room and board
- Development of marketable, resume-building skills
- Valuable job skills
- Rewarding experiences that will last a lifetime!
Resident Assistant Applications
- New Resident Assistant Application
- Returning Resident Assistant Application
- Returning Resident Assistant Portfolio Information
For further information, contact Director of Residence Life & Greek Affairs, at (615) 547-1285 or email@example.com.
Throughout the year, each Residence Hall hosts a myriad of educational and social programs and activities in which on-campus students can participate. These programs range from simple social gatherings to workdays building a Habitat for Humanity house. Students typically find themselves just as busy outside of class as they are in the classroom and with their scholarly endeavors. By taking part in student organizations, intramurals, community worship, fine art productions, community service and more, students always have something happening in their lives.
The fall semester housing contract for residence halls begins at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018, with classes beginning on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. That is the earliest a student may move into the residence halls. If order for a student to move into the residence hall, they must:
(1) Completed their Occupancy Agreement and Emergency Contact Information
(2) Be Official with the University
(3) Have submitted their Immunization Records to the Admission's Office
Students are to check in at their assigned residence hall. The residence hall are open from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. If a student expects to arrive late in the evening or at night, they should be considerate of their roommate and others while moving in. Anyone arriving after 3 p.m. should contact the Residence Life Office to arrange check in.
Students returning to campus early for University sponsored programs (football, volleyball, soccer, cross country, marching band, etc.) may check into their residence halls as arranged for and communicated to them by their sponsoring department.
Students who need to arrive prior to the opening date should contact the Office of Residence Life via email at Reslife@cumberland.edu to arrange move in. The fee for early move ins is $25 per day. Move ins will not be granted over the weekends except in emergency situations.
Most students, including those who have not known each other previously, become good roommates provided they take the time to get to know one another, make a sincere effort to cooperate and communicate, and make it a point to do things together at least occasionally. If you have roommate concerns, work with your residence assistant to explore your options.
For the past several years the number of students we have assigned to our residence halls has been near capacity. This means that the Housing and Residence Life Office does not have the flexibility to make adjustments to room or roommate assignments. If you have a question or concern about your assignment, please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will forward your question to the appropriate staff member for a response.
Unfortunately, due to the fact that we are near capacity, it is unlikely that we will be able to honor single room requests. We do what we could to assign a student of similar age, class standing, and preferences. If you are interested in a single room, we recommend that you sign up for a private shared suite in Howell Jackson or Horace Lurton Halls. If availability arises, students will be able to purchase a private room for $550 per semester.
For several hours on Sunday, volunteers from each residence hall will be available to assist with move-in, to include helping with unloading vehicles. Welcome Crew is only available for the Fall semester move-in.
The beds in the residence halls are 36" x 80" (XL Twin) and are "bunkable".
As students pack their belongings for the upcoming year, it is suggested that they pack what they need as well as some of the items they’d like to have with them, knowing that items can either be shipped or picked up on subsequent visits home. Once roommates find places for everything, they can determine what if anything can and should be added to their “home away from home.” Suggestions on what to bring as well as a list of what is prohibited can be found by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page. It is very important that roommates discuss what they plan to bring before they pack for the trip to campus and that they remember that what goes in has to come out at the end of the year.
Students are expected to use a high quality power strip with a 16-gauge cord (minimum), a three-prong plug, a built-in circuit breaker, and a built-in surge protector for their electrical equipment and appliances. We also strongly encourage you to save electricity by using the switch on your power strip to control the power to your electrical device(s).
If something comes up and your plans change so you will not be attending CU or living on-campus this fall, please let us know in writing (email - email@example.com) at your earliest convenience. By letting us know early, you may make it possible for us to more effectively respond to another student's residence hall preference.
Residence Halls Closing
All Cumberland University Residence Halls will close at 12 pm on Friday, December 7. The Office of Residence Life will follow the policy outlined in the Cumberland University Student Handbook, regarding any exceptions. Break Agreements will be limited to those outlined in the policy as well. Travel arrangements should be made well in advance to avoid any conflicts. Anyone found in violation will be asked to leave and/or be escorted off campus. All residents are required to turn in all of their residence hall keys. Failure to do so will result in a $50 fine. An envelope will be provided to you just prior to the start of finals.
- Students who wish to apply to remain on campus during break, cancel your housing for Spring 2019, or submit a room change request can find the links in the Phoenix News.
While you are not required to remove all your items from your room, be sure to take any personal items with you that you will need over the break period.
You may not enter the Halls for any reason after you have checked out. Residence Life Staff will perform Health & Safety Inspections over the break, beginning Thursday evening, December 6 at 5 pm, or once everyone has vacated their room or suite.
New students & students returning to the Residence Halls for the Spring 2019 semester may pick up their key on Sunday, January 6, 2016, between 10 am-6 pm in Labry Atrium provided they are “official”. If “unofficial”, students will not receive a key and will have to wait until offices re-open Monday, January 7 to get “official” and move in.