Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers up-to-date campus living for our students! Our apartment style residence halls occupy the property by the lake and sit adjacent to the main academic building. Each hall offers 12 four-bedroom apartments. The campus is conveniently located within walking distance from a variety of restaurants and only a few miles from hospitals, grocery stores and shopping centers. The halls also have 24-hour security, Resident Advisor staff, and a wonderful view of Nashville.

On-campus housing features:

  • Lakeside location on the college campus.
  • Each apartment will have a completely furnished living room, four bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen and dining area, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, as well as a laundry room with washer/dryer.
  • Included in your costs will be heating, air conditioning, water, and high speed internet access in each bedroom. Cable TV access is available but not provided by the college.
  • Academic year contracts are available.
  • Convenient interstate access to all areas of Nashville.
  • Secure parking.

Save commuting time and dollars each week!

Furnished Living Room and Full Kitchen

Furnished living room and full kitchen


Four Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms in every apartment

Four bedrooms and two bathrooms in every apartment


Housing Forms

Below are the forms that new students need to complete to become on-campus residents. Apply online and pay your deposit below.


Apply for Housing



Read the Housing Policies and Regulations

Interested in living on campus? Check out the costs below for each semester. The costs listed below include all utilities that come with the apartment (including internet). The cost for a regular academic year (both Fall and Spring semesters- without May or Summer) is $6,600.

Semester Dates Cost
Fall '17 August 12 – December 9 $3,300
Spring '18 January 6 – May 5 $3,300
Maymester '17 $400
May & Summer '17** $1,200

For additional information or questions, contact the Office of Residence Life at 615.277.7437 or via email at [email protected].

*Occasionally, if necessary, a room may be bunked (2 students sharing a single bedroom.)  If a student lives in a bunked room the cost per semester is reduced by $1,000 per semester, i.e. $2,300 per semester or $4,600 per academic year.

**Campus housing during May and Summer is only available to students who are either employed by the college or are enrolled in a class or academic internship.  All residents must plan on moving out of campus housing by the closing dates indicated above.  Watkins does not provide year-round housing.

Packing for Campus

Your apartment includes:

Bedroom Size – 9′ x 11′

Includes:  Bed and mattress (extra long twin, 36″ x 80″) which can be raised to allow for extra storage underneath, desk and chair, dresser and closet space, blinds, telephone hookup (with voicemail and local service), central air, and cable hookup.

Common Areas

Full kitchen with stove, microwave, dishwasher, and full refrigerator with freezer, laundry/utility room with full-size washer and dryer, kitchen table with four chairs, sofa, chair, TV stand, telephone hook-up and cable hookup.


All housing has wireless internet and all bedrooms and the living room also have Ethernet jacks ( Ethernet cable is not included).

What to bring

You can download a suggested list of items to bring to campus below.  You will be provided with contact information for your roommates before coming to campus.  It is suggested that you check with them on potentially shared items such as dishes, cookware, etc. to avoid a lot of duplication.

Download “Packing for Campus” pdf


What NOT to bring

You are not permitted to bring the following: Pets (other than fish), electric appliances with exposed coils, water beds, halogen lamps, gas or charcoal grills

Questions?  email [email protected]

Ashley Obel Watkins College of Art


Ashley is a fine arts junior at Watkins. She hails from Palm Beach County, Fl, where she went to Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She has traveled all over Western Europe, the British Isles, and Ireland. She is currently a member of the Nashville Rollergirls; she started playing roller derby in Florida when she was 14 years old. The armadillo is her spirit animal, Labyrinth is her favorite movie, and she likes to spend her free time reading nonfiction novels and playing World of Warcraft.

Dakota Caudill, Watkins College of Art Design & Film


Dakota is a photography major from London, Ohio. She is currently a junior. She loves meeting new people, and her interests include outer space, winter, animals, and hot chocolate. In her free time, she likes to watch Criminal Minds and Supernatural.

Renee Johnson, Watkins College of Art Design & Film


Renee is from Atlanta, Georgia. She majors in interior design with a focus on residential design. This will be her third year at Watkins and she has loved every minute of it. She spends her free time listening to music and hanging out with friends. She loves trying new things and is always ready to have a good time.

Quiton Hickman, Watkins College of Art Design & Film


Quinton is a film major looking to focus on cinematography, but has always dabbled in animation. He strives to be the kind of person who can talk to anybody about anything and he draws inspiration from anywhere. In his free time, he usually is fooling around with some old TV or other gadget, reading, or drinking coffee.

Natalie Briscoe Watkins College of Art


Natalie is from Franklin, Tennessee, and this is her second year at Watkins. She is majoring in graphic design with a concentration in illustration. When she is not making art, she is probably reading, hiking, or re-watching The Office. She also loves finding new music to listen to and her tastes can range anywhere from Simon and Garfunkel to Tame Impala.

Wyl Withers Watkins College of Art


Wyl is a graphic design major from Morristown, TN. He enjoys a ton of music, from The Gorillaz and Florence and the Machine, to Turisas and everything in between. He likes sci-fi, horror, and fantasy books, video games, and movies. He also has a passion for plants and tea. He is always exploring and trying new things.


How Will I Be Paired With Roommates?

Each student who signs a housing contract for residence at Watkins will receive a roommate interest questionnaire where general habits and interests can be indicated.  Every effort will be made to match you up with compatible roommates.  Though we do our best, it sometimes happens that roommates are not a good fit upon arrival.  In that case, we typically do a room shuffle about 2 weeks into the semester to account for any needed changes.

Is A Meal Plan Option Available?

No, however a full kitchen with all appliances will be provided.  Also, the Watkins Cafe is readily accessible on campus while school is in session.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Will I Have Cable In My Room?

High speed internet and local telephone service will be provided for each student in their individual bedrooms as well as in the apartment living room.  Cable TV access is available but not provided by the college.

What Should I Bring At The Start Of The Year?

A list will be provided to all students suggesting items that they should bring with them when they move in.  Also, check the “Packing” tab in this section of the website.

Do I Need To Live In The Residence Hall?

Living on-campus is a great way for first-time college students to adjust to college life.  First-time students under 20 whose permanent address is 50 or more miles from campus are required to live on-campus for one year; students who live within 50 miles of campus are not required to live on-campus but are strongly encouraged.  Housing is also available, but optional, for transfer students.

What About Security And Staffing?

Watkins has 24-hour security for residents.  In addition, Hawkins and Turner Halls are staffed by Resident Advisors who are on hand to help students with any questions or concerns that arise.  They also coordinate social programs and events for the students.