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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 Life webpage. If you are planning to live on campus, you should apply as soon as possible, as housing assignments are made on a first-come-first-served basis.

Apply Online: https://www.etsu.edu/students/housing/OnlineApp.aspx.

For the fall semester 2016, official residence halls move-in dates are August19th-21st, 2016. Students may check in on these dates anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. However, by special arrangement, international students may move in as early as August 14th. If you wish to take advantage of this, you must contact the  in advance. 

***If you are going to live on-campus, you must submit documentation of having had a Meningitis vaccine before you can move into your accommodations.  (SEE SECTION 2 FOR DETAILS.)***

  • Off-Campus Housing

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 web site.  Since public transportation in Johnson City is very limited, you should search for off campus housing that are 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 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 web site 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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