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Murray House

"Welcome to Murray House! Our house gets its name from Rev. Walter Murray, a figure you will read about in Strong Inside. Walter Murray was one of Vanderbilt's first African American undergraduates in 1966.Walter Murray was a pioneer who fought for equity and inclusion throughout his life. We in Murray House pride ourselves on living in the house that honors him and look to follow his example. Murray is a diverse community of wonderful humans whose shared love of discovery and excitment leads to a lively house environment. We strive each day to create a culture of care that makes everyone who walks in feel at home." - Gabrielle Grys, Head Resident

Opened in August 2007, Murray House is located on The Ingram Commons. Murray House provides modern features in a classic building housing 150 first-year students in traditional double rooms.

Students live on floors 2-6 of this six story building. The second floor includes an apartment for the Faculty Head of House, a seminar room, and common kitchen for building residents.

Floors 3-6 each have a study area and three shared bathrooms with showers. In addition, there is a study area, laundry room, and music rooms on the first floor.

The building is fully air conditioned. Corridors and common areas are carpeted. Student rooms have tiled floors.

Signature Programming

Signature programming at Murray House includes the following events:

  • Murray Munchies is Murray House's signature weekly program.  Each week, residents will have the opportunity to gather in Professor Hasty's apartment to talk and build community with members of the house and friends across The Ingram Commons.  The snacks provided will embody the theme of "foods from home," giving residents the platform to use food as a catalyst for storytelling and sharing in one another' definitions of home.
  • Dessert Nights with Faculty Guests in Professor Hasty's Apartment - The Hasty's regularly host important guests from around campus and the Nashville community to share dessert with a small group of students and have a comfortable discussion.  Be sure to sign up for one of these when you receive the email from Professor Hasty!
  • Commons Runners - Want to get in shape and enjoy running around our beautiful city?  Professor Hasty leads the Commons Runners, an informal group that goes on three to six mile runs each Saturday morning.  Runners of all speeds and abilities welcome!

Service Opportunities

  • Murray House residents have the opportunity to participate in a Murray Fellows program with the Susan Gray School, a nationally recognized inclusive pre-school that educates both children with developmental disabilities alongside children developing normally.

Murray House HAC

Elections/appointments to the House Advisory Council will occur in early September.  If you're interested in joining your House Advisory Council, be sure to attend one of the mandatory House Advisory Council Interest Meetings on Sunday, August 27.  For more details ask your RA staff or email Assistant Director Natalee Erb.