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The Commons Center

The Commons Center

The Commons Center is the community crossroads of The Ingram Commons living learning community. It has it all: the Dining Hall and great food; a living room with a concert grade grand piano, and the occasional live musical performance; a small rec room with cardio equipment, free weights, and weight machines; meeting and study rooms; and academic support services like the Writing Studio and the CASPAR premajor advising center. Students from across campus come here for a meal, a quiet place to study, an event, or a meeting with a professor. The third floor of The Commons Center is the home of the Department of Political Science.

The Dining Hall

Dining Hall
The dining hall is a meeting place for students from all ten Houses. By day, natural light flows through five skylights and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows as students enjoy their meals from the nationally recognized Food Gallery.
The dining hall isn’t limited to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has served as venue to dozens of concerts, and is the home of each year's formal dance. Beyond its role in the social fabric of The Ingram Commons, the dining hall is open to students all night, every night as a group collaboration and study space.

Exercise Room

The Commons Center exercise room offers students a convenient place for both cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise. The facility features:

Exercise Room
  • Treadmills
  • Stationary bikes
  • Elliptical trainers
  • Free weights
  • Weight machines
  • Rowing machine
  • Stairmaster
  • Exercise and medicine balls
  • Exercise mats
  • Ping pong tables

The exercise room is open from early morning until late evening.

The Writing Studio

Writing StudioThe Writing Studio fosters conversation, collaboration, and critical reflection on writing. Open to all members of Vanderbilt’s scholarly community, the Studio provides opportunities to receive constructive feedback from trained consultants and to develop strategies for all stages of the writing process.
Located in the academic support space in room 217, the Writing Studio is open for individual appointments weekly. The Studio also hosts special events throughout the academic year. For more information about the Studio, visit








The Center for Student Professional Development

The Center for Student Professional Development offers walk-in hours in room 217 at The Commons Center. Students can get help with resume writing, finding a job or internship, using DoreWays, exploring career options or learning about other Center services. To learn more about the Center, visit



Located in Suite 225 of The Commons Center, CASPAR provides academic advice to all students in the College of Arts and Science before they declare a major. A pre-major advisor helps students understand how to make sense of AP credit, interpret course requirements, select appropriate courses, develop a workable schedule each semester, and make long-term plans for a successful college career and beyond. CASPAR advisors can  also help students identify other available campus resources that will encourage academic success at Vanderbilt -- like the Writing Studio just down the hall.

Post Office

Commons Center Post OfficeThe Commons Center is home to a full service USPS branch.

VU Mail Services info is available here.







The Department of Political Science

The 3rd floor of The Commons Center is occupied by the Department of Political Science, including the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, the Latin American Public Opinion Project, and the Research on Individuals, Politics and Society Lab. Tour the Department of Political Science here.

Leed Certification

From the lights to the layout, The Commons Center was designed to be extremely eco-friendly and efficient. The building has been awarded a Gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

For more information about Vanderbilt's sustainability efforts, visit SustainVU.