Tiger Family Resources: On-Campus Housing & Dining


On-campus housing is much more than just a place to live. The Residence Life office provides a premier community that is an inclusive residential experience with safe, well-maintained environments that support academic achievement, foster personal development and promote college success.

*We provide an experience, a home.*
*Not just a dorm.*
*Our students are ‘Living That Tiger Life'!* 

Living On-Campus

On-campus housing is defined as housing that is owned by the University. These include residence halls, apartments, and family housing. The Residence Life office is available to help you and your student. Residence Life has information for students and their families about residence hall life, including information about what to bring to campus, dining options, and how to get involved in residence hall activities. On-campus living is a unique experience for college students and we hope that your student will choose to have this opportunity.

If part of a program, students may request or be required to live on campus as part of a Living Learning Community. Living Learning Communities are specialized programs that combine the conventional residential experience with support from faculty, integrated resources from sponsoring departments, and a 360-degree approach to student learning. Living Learning Community members have frequent interaction with faculty and develop strong relationships with fellow students.

Each floor in a residence hall has a Resident Advisor (RA). This is an upper-division level student who is trained with information and resources to assist residents.

Important Dates for On-Campus Residents
  • The first six weeks of school are crucial for students to become connected with the Memphis community. As a parent, you can help by encouraging your student to get involved on campus.
  • Most traditional residence halls close for school breaks, including spring break, and winter break with no re-entry during both these times (no exceptions).
  • Eligible students can apply for housing for the following academic year beginning November 1 at 12:01 a.m.

Meal Plans & Eating On Campus

Resident Meal Plans: Meal plans for those students living on-campus are available in several different options to meet the needs of the student. Students can select 7, 10, 14 or all access plans that include declining balance dollars (Flex Bucks) that can be used at any dining facility and some vending machines and include 10 guest meals for friends, family or guests. Resident meal plans are purchased through the housing portal. Students who reside in a residence hall are not required to purchase a meal plan.

Commuter Meal Plans: If your student will not be living on campus, but would still like to have the benefits of a meal plan, students can choose from 60 or 90 meals for the semester.

Meals are entries to the Tiger Den all-you-care-to-eat dining hall or can be used as a meal exchange for one salad or sandwich combo at certain locations.

Flex Bucks are attached to meal plans and are designed to help students cover between meals or snacks at the other dining locations on campus. Unused flex bucks do not carry over to the next semester.

For more information, visit the Meal Plans page and the Meal Plans FAQ page

Tiger Eat$

All full-time undergraduate students participate in the Tiger Eat$ program. Undergraduate students who are enrolled in 12 or more credit hours and at least one of their classes is on campus, will automatically have $300 in Tiger Eat$ added to their account each fall and spring semester.

Students will be able to use these funds at all UofM dining locations. The Tiger Eat$ averages to $2.68 per day or $18.75 per week to spend at UofM Dining on campus for meals, beverages and snacks, including Starbucks and some vending machines.

Any Tiger Eat$ balance from the fall semester will be transferred to the spring semester. You have until the last day of the spring semester to use the funds and dine around campus. Visit the Tiger Eat$ FAQ page for more information.