Watkins College of Art, Design & Film offers up-to-date campus living for our students! Our apartment style residence halls occupy the property by the lake and sit adjacent to the main academic building. Each hall offers 12 four-bedroom apartments. The campus is conveniently located within walking distance from a variety of restaurants and only a few miles from hospitals, grocery stores and shopping centers. The halls also have 24-hour security, Resident Advisor staff, and a wonderful view of Nashville.

On-campus housing features:

  • Lakeside location on the college campus.
  • Each apartment will have a completely furnished living room, four bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen and dining area, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, as well as a laundry room with washer/dryer.
  • Included in your costs will be heating, air conditioning, water, and high speed internet access in each bedroom. Cable TV access is available but not provided by the college.
  • Academic year or one-semester contracts are available.
  • Convenient interstate access to all areas of Nashville.
  • Secure parking.

Save commuting time and dollars each week!

Furnished Living Room and Full Kitchen

Furnished living room and full kitchen


Four Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms in every apartment

Four bedrooms and two bathrooms in every apartment


Housing Forms

Below are the forms that new students need to complete to become on-campus residents. Download the forms, fill them out, and send them in using the address listed at the bottom of the forms.

Here is the Housing Application and Contract Packet for new students.

Read the Housing Policies and Regulations 2015-2016



Housing at Watkins is affordable. Check out the costs below for each semester. The costs listed below include all utilities that come with the apartment (including cable and internet). The cost for a regular academic year (both Fall and Spring semesters- without May or Summer) is $6380.

Semester Dates Cost
Fall '15 August 15 – December 12 $3190
Spring '16 $3190
Maymester '16 $400
May & Summer '16** $1200

For additional information or questions, contact the Office of Student Life at 615.383.4848 or via email at

*Occasionally, if necessary, a room may be bunked (2 students sharing a single bedroom.)  If a student lives in a bunked room the cost per semester is reduced by $1,000 per semester, i.e. $2,190 per semester or $4,280 per academic year.

**Campus housing during May and Summer is only available to students who are either employed by the college or are enrolled in a class or academic internship.  All residents must plan on moving out of campus housing by the closing dates indicated above.  Watkins does not provide year-round housing.

Packing for Campus

Your apartment includes:

Bedroom Size – 9′ x 11′

Includes:  Bed and mattress (extra long twin, 36″ x 80″) which can be raised to allow for extra storage underneath, desk and chair, dresser and closet space, blinds, telephone hookup (with voicemail and local service), central air, and cable hookup.

Common Areas

Full kitchen with stove, microwave, dishwasher, and full refrigerator with freezer, laundry/utility room with full-size washer and dryer, kitchen table with four chairs, sofa, chair, TV stand, telephone hook-up and cable hookup.


Al housing has wireless internet and all bedrooms and the living room also have Ethernet jacks ( Ethernet cable is not included).

What to bring

You can download a suggested list of items to bring to campus below.  You will be provided with contact information for your roommates before coming to campus.  It is suggested that you check with them on potentially shared items such as dishes, cookware, etc. to avoid a lot of duplication.

Download “Packing for Campus” pdf


What NOT to bring

You are not permitted to bring the following: Pets (other than fish), electric appliances with exposed coils, water beds, halogen lamps, gas or charcoal grills

Questions?  email

Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 12.51.02 PMEMILEIGH POTTER

I’m a cinematography concentration from San Antonio, TX. I’m a junior going into my senior year at Watkins. I’m a yoga enthusiast and rock the top bun.








Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 12.51.16 PMJONATHAN TERRY

I’m Jonathan Terry but I simply go by JT. I’m an editing major from Miami FL. I spend my free time watching TV series such as Game of Thrones and The Newsroom. My music preferences range from The Black Keys to Flying Lotus and everywhere in between. Also a huge sports fan. Go Heat!









I am a fine arts sophomore here at Watkins. I hail from Palm Beach County, Fl where I went to Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. I have been all over Western Europe, the British isles and Ireland. I am currently with the Nashville Rollergirls, though I started playing roller derby in Florida when I was 14 years old. The armadillo is my spirit animal, Labyrinth is my favorite movie, and I like to spend my free time reading nonfiction novels and playing World of Warcraft.







I am a photography major from Atlanta, GA planning to graduate in 2016. I focus in live event, portrait, and fine art photography. I really got into photography through music. I listen to everything from Eric Clapton to the Devil Wears Prada. I love meeting new people and gaining new friends. My favorite holiday of the year is Halloween; I love scary things and have an obsession with horror and zombie makeup. I’m a HUGE New Orleans Saints fan and I love cold weather.






My name is Sydney Hood. I am a 4th year student and will be graduating in December 2015 with a bachelors degree in Film with a concentration in editing. I can always be found in the editing lab and love to talk about everything from theatre to 4-wheeling.










I’m Jason Hassell I’m 22 and from Tupelo, MS. I’m a film major concentrating in cinematography. I’ve been at Watkins for a year now and I love it. It’s my first semester as an RA but I am very much looking forward to it!




How Will I Be Paired With Roommates?

Each student who signs a housing contract for residence at Watkins will receive a roommate interest questionnaire where general habits and interests can be indicated.  Every effort will be made to match you up with compatible roommates.  Though we do our best, it sometimes happens that roommates are not a good fit upon arrival.  In that case, we typically do a room shuffle about 2 weeks into the semester to account for any needed changes.

Is A Meal Plan Option Available?

No, however a full kitchen with all appliances will be provided.  Also, the Watkins Cafe is readily accessible on campus while school is in session.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Will I Have Cable In My Room?

High speed internet and local telephone service will be provided for each student in their individual bedrooms as well as in the apartment living room.  Cable TV access is available but not provided by the college.

What Should I Bring At The Start Of The Year?

A list will be provided to all students suggesting items that they should bring with them when they move in.  Also, check the “Packing” tab in this section of the website.

Do I Need To Live In The Residence Hall?

Living on-campus is a great way for first-time college students to adjust to college life.  First-time students under 20 whose permanent address is 50 or more miles from campus are required to live on-campus for one year; students who live within 50 miles of campus are not required to live on but are strong encouraged.  Housing is also available, but optional for transfer students.

What About Security And Staffing?

Watkins has 24-hour security for residents.  In addition, Hawkins and Turner Halls are staffed by Resident Advisors who are on hand to help students with any questions or concerns that arise.  They also coordinate social programs and events for the students.