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7. Housing and Meal Plans

This section provides information about on- and off-campus housing, as well as optional meal plans offered by ETSU Dining Services. 

A. Housing

  • On-Campus Housing

All the housing facilities available to you on campus are described in great detail on the ETSU Housing and Residence Lifeweb page. Apply as soon as possible, as housing assignments are made on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note, a meal plan is required if you live on campus. As is documentation of receiving the Meningitis vaccine before you arrive or can move in (see section 4 for details).

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Move in dates for Fall 2017 are August 25th-27th any time between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. However, by special arrangement, international students may move in as early as (date to be determined). If you wish to take advantage of this, contact the  in advance. 


  • Off-Campus Housing

Off-campus apartments may rent from $500 - $800 per month and requires deposits for rent, electricity, internet and or telephone connections. In addition, setup and monthly fees as applicable. 

The ETSU Housing Office does not provide individual assistance for off-campus housing. However, you may find a list of rental/lease units available at this website. Please contact the individual advertising the vacancy directly for more information. 

Alternatively, you can view off-campus housing options by searching "Johnson City TN apartments near ETSU" on the website.  

Since public transportation in Johnson City is very limited, you should search for off campus housing within walking distance from the ETSU campus.

B. On-Campus Meal Plans

For those who choose to live on campus, a meal plan is required.

For students who choose to live off campus, a meal plan is not required; however, off-campus students are eligible to purchase a meal plan if they wish to.

ETSU dining plans are a great value, help students eat regular healthy and delicious meals, and are a great way to meet friends on campus. Whether you choose to live on or off campus, one of the meal plans offered will fit your needs.

Only ETSU on-campus residents can participate in the Resident Advantage meal plans designed to work with your on-campus life and save you money. If you opt for the Resident Advantage plan, it is billed directly to your student Goldlink account as a part of your room and board fees, which means that it is sales tax exempt (approximately 10% savings).

You will be required to sign a housing and a meal plan contract.  Contracts cannot be canceled.

 Please visit the ETSU Dining Services website for detailed information.

Table of Contents

  1. Requesting I-20 or DS-2019
  2. Immigration
  3. Travel Arrangements
  4. Immunization and Health Insurance
  5. Academics
  6. International Friendship Program
  7. Housing and Meal Plans
  8. New Students' Check-in and Arrival Briefing
  9. Financial Matters
  10. Other Important Information
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