Student Life

Carpenter Complex Student Housing

The Carpenter Complex offers single students the chance to live in apartment or townhouse style accommodations. Wireless Internet service, cable and utilities are included in the rent. Convenient parking, landscaped grounds, private rooms and apartment amenities differentiate Carpenter Complex from traditional residence halls. Carpenter Complex is unique in that it operates year round. The contract for Carpenter Complex is an extended contract, so students may have access to their unit during times break periods. Please visit the Residence Life and Dining Services website for more information.

We strongly recommend that students apply for Carpenter Complex housing because it is the only on-campus dormitory that offers extended stay, (i.e. open during fall break, spring break, holidays, etc.) If you choose to stay in a different facility, you will be kicked out of the dorms during any official school holidays or breaks. Please go here for a virtual tour of the Carpenter Complex Housing Facility.

Housing Payment

All students are responsible for paying their student housing fees. Full payment for your room is due at the time of arrival and can be paid in person, electronically on your MyMemphis account, or via fax. Please visit the UofM Bursar's office website for more information regarding payment method. If you cannot pay your rent in full for the semester, you need to ask the Bursar to put you on an "installment plan." This will allow you to pay your rent over time. There is a charge for this plan. For more information please see: Please check with your credit card company prior to coming to the US to make sure you can make a payment for the entire sum of your housing.

Student Life

The University of Memphis has a wide variety of activities, events, services, and organizations falling into the following categories:

International Student Association (ISA)

The International Student Association (ISA) is a student organization that seeks to enrich the University of Memphis (UofM) community by connecting students who are interested in international affairs and learning and experiencing cultures of all kinds. ISA holds a number of cultural and social events throughout the year to allow international and local students to experience all that the UofM and the city of Memphis have to offer. ISA welcomes all students who are interested in interacting with peoples from diverse cultural backgrounds including those from the United States and from around the world. For more information visit the ISA Facebook page.

Community Service Opportunities

The Students Advocating Service (SAS) organization provides community service opportunities to the University of Memphis community. This includes programs such as Service on Saturday, Tutoring programs, and weekly service initiatives. You can find more information at the UofM community service website or contact SAS at

Student Health Center

The campus student health center emphasizes maintaining, restoring and/or improving the physical and emotional health and well being of students at the UofM. The Student Health Center is a walk-in clinic with no appointment is necessary. Student Health Center is staffed with Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurse, Laboratory and X-ray Technologist, Health Educator, and various administrative support personnel.

Living in Memphis

There is so much to do and see in Memphis! Such as...

• Annual events to attend like Memphis in May, The Beale Street Music Festival, The Delta Fair, various International and art events, and more!

• Historic museums to tour such as the Sun Studio, Pink Palace Museum, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum, Graceland, and more!

• Be a fan on Memphis sports and watch the Memphis Grizzlies NBA Basketball Team, Memphis Redbirds Baseball Team, and many other teams play!

• Visit the parks, gardens or zoo on a nice day such as Mud Island River Park, Memphis Zoo, Shelby Farms Park, Botanic Gardens, and more!

• Watch a play at the famous Orpheum Theater, or see an Opera of Symphony at many of the other theaters around Memphis.

For information on what's going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture visit the I Love Memphis Blog,, and the City of Memphis Visitors Website.

Travel Approval

All travel for J-1 exchange students, when not staying overnight in your assigned housing, must be pre-approved by the Study Abroad Office.  If you are staying in Memphis but not sleeping in your assigned housing, please submit the online travel approval form two days in advance. If you are traveling outside of Memphis please submit the travel approval form one week in advance.

International Travel: J-1 exchange students should check with the Study Abroad Office before making plans to travel outside the United States. Students are not permitted to travel to any country on the US Department of State Travel Warning List. All students who will be traveling outside the United States must bring their original DS 2019 to their advisor for a travel validation signature.