Housing Options

Memphis College of Art has student housing available for a large percentage of our student body. Student residences are conveniently located within walking distance, directly across from Overton Park. Freshmen students that live outside a 30-mile radius of MCA are required to live on-campus for their first year unless they plan to live with family members in the area. Live-in Resident Assistants supervise students in all housing buildings.

Each room is provided with high-speed Internet access, cable, and local phone service. Utilities are included in the prices of all apartments. All buildings have off-street parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Morning shuttle service to the college’s main building is offered weekdays when classes are in session.

Metz & Fogelman Halls – Our newest residences offer suite-style, single furnished bedrooms with shared bathrooms, laundry room, kitchen, and furnished living room. Studio space is available on the top floor of the building for residents. Secure gated grounds and parking are accessed with magnetic key cards.

At the Park – These large, furnished apartments house two students who share a bedroom, living room, dining area, kitchen, and bathroom. All kitchens and bathrooms in the building are newly remodeled. Architectural features such as hardwood floors, terrace or balcony and French doors add to the charm. A coin-operated laundry facility for all residents is located downstairs.

Parkside – Houses two students who share a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. These newly remodeled apartments have hardwood floors and midtown charm.

Rooms are leased for the academic year or two semesters (approximately nine months). Only students entering housing for the spring term or students graduating in December can lease for one semester. All residences are smoke free.

If you are a transfer or graduate student and prefer to live in off-campus housing the Admissions Office will be happy to assist you with your housing search. If you want us to help you find a roommate, complete a housing questionnaire so that we might match you with someone with compatible tastes in music, study habits, and budget. We can provide lists of rental properties, even take you to visit some places — we’ll be as involved as you want us to be in finding the right place to suit your lifestyle.

A shuttle will help campus residents with getting to classes on weekday mornings — and getting back to the student residences at night — getting around town is up to you. Feel free to drive yourself, carpool with friends, ride your bike, skateboard or walk. Most major conveniences are easily within walking distance of the college. Students can also take advantage of the several shopping trips planned each semester to places like Home Depot, Kroger and Target.

Other important information such as how to turn on your phone service or where you can open a checking account is listed in a very handy publication that we call ‘Living in Memphis’. You’ll receive one when you arrive on campus.


Memphis College of Art student residents may have overnight guests with the permission of roommates and by submitting the guest pass request form during business hours at least 24 hours prior to the date of the guest’s arrival. Overnight guests may stay a maximum of two consecutive nights and may not return for an overnight stay for at least five days thereafter.

Residents are responsible for their guests’ behavior.  Guests must always be in the company of the student resident —no exceptions. A guest is anyone not assigned to live in that residence, which includes MCA students.

Meal Plan

MCA’s café is connected to our student lounge and serves up two hot meals a day to our starving artists. This isn’t your usual college slop. We’re talking made-from-scratch comfort food and healthy creations that fuel your fire. A Pre-Paid Meal Account make things even more accessible.

The plan is a deducting account so mom and dad can make sure you’re eating. Click here to sign up and return the completed form to MCA’s Business Office, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 or sign up by phone with a credit card at 901-272-5124.

In the next few weeks, the MCA One Card system will be implemented which will take the place of the Pre-Paid Meal Account. Remaining funds in the the Fall 2016 Pre-Paid Meal Accounts will be rolled over to the new One Card.

For additional information:
MCA One Card FAQs
Setting up your MCA One Card Portal

Housing Forms

Download printable PDFs of everything you need to apply for student housing:

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