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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: What I Know About Off-Campus Living – I've lived in two different apartments off campus: Westmont Apartments and Howe-Garden Apartments. The first is off of West End, the other in East Nashville where I currently live. The closer you want to live to Belmont, the pricier it will be whereas East Nashville has fairly low rent. The drawback of living in East Nashville is it's a bit farther off, so instead of rolling out of bed and walking to class ten minutes before it starts, you'll have to get up maybe an hour or so before your class starts and be out the door, on the road 20 minutes before class time so you can get there in time to find a parking spot. Even though its some hassle, its worth the $350 I save every month! Also, roommates is absolutely the way to go with saving money, and I've known some people get great deals by renting out a house and making every possible room a bedroom. Belmont also has a housing finder link on their website that is extremely helpful.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Student Housing – My freshman year I lived in Maple and it was very nice, two bedrooms joined by a bathroom. Two sinks, a toilet, a shower, outlets, 100 speed cable internet, two beds in each room, two wardrobes, two desks, two chairs, two dressers. Everything is close. I heard Maddox was not so great, but other than that all of my peers seemed satisfied. Try to get off campus housing though because they are incredibly strict about alcohol and visitation with the opposite sex in your dorm rooms. Living off-campus can be much MUCH cheaper than living on campus and can allow you to live more freely. Also, if you're a musician, it may be best to move off-campus so you can have unlimited practice time.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Fairly Safe... Depending on Where – If you're on campus closer to 12th, you want to travel in groups, especially at night. There was a rape in the area of a Belmont student as well as a few assaults. Bikes frequently get stolen so be sure to get your bike registered with the school and with a LOCK. Other than that you could practically sleep on campus in the quad and not worry about getting pick pocketed or anything. Ive left things in the computer lab and the library that were very valuable and they were always right where I left them originally, even if HOURS had passed! The students here aren't the danger, really just residents on the the side that's closer to 65.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Getting Around – Belmont offers students the option of free use of the Nashville public transportation system. You can also rent a WeCar from Belmont directly. There are plenty of options for students, from bikes to cars, who did not bring a car to campus with them.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Choose Your Scene – The nightlife on and off campus boasts quite a few options, depending on what you're looking for. On campus students can find residence life sponsored programs, convocations, athletic events, or performances to attend. Off campus, there are plenty of clubs and bars for the 21+ crowd, as well as restaurants offering local performances or songwriter nights. With Vanderbilt University in close proximity to Belmont, many students may want to make friends with the Vandy crowd to have an "in" for more party options off campus. Just remember: Belmont is a dry campus and has a low tolerance for alcohol consumption.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It will be rainy one day and then sunny the next. The temperature varies quite a lot too. Winters are not very cold and fall is totally beautiful.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball Is Awesome – Basketball is huge at Belmont. Everyone gets involved with it. MOB is a student organization that promotes school spirit for basketball games and other activities. Celebrities even show up to the basketball games.

3 College Student

Weather: Big Range – It goes from blistering heat in the beginning of fall semester and than changes to snow not to long after. It makes for a wide range of weather which can be nice. The worst is the humidity. That makes everyone uncomfortable

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Huge Music Industry – Nashville is all about the music. There is, of course, Belmont University which has the best business school in the country. There is also music row which is an interesting place to see all different aspects of music. There is of course the epic building in the middle of downtown that looks like Batman. You can't miss it.

3 College Junior

Parking: Getting Better – If you live on campus, parking should generally not be a problem as long as you're not trying to find a spot in the middle of the day. If you live off campus, get to campus at least 20 minutes ahead of schedule. Parking can be tedious, but there are enough spots, even if they're inconvenient, and they're building more spots. Tickets can be a hassle, but for everything except parking in a fire zone or handicapped spot you can take a test and have it dismissed. Only for the first ticket each semester, but if you get more than one a semester you're probably dumb.

2 College Junior

Diversity: About What You'd Expect – It's a private Christian university in the South and tuition is $30k. That should tell you everything you need to know about the diversity.

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5 College Junior

Academics: PPL & Polisci – Workload is very bearable. Definitely get an internship as soon as you can, around junior year for sure. Work your tail off and study hard and it's very possible to do exceptional.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is great! Great restraunts with great entertainment.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love going to school at Belmont. It has its issues, but it seems every school does. we have a very unique community and being in Nashville gives you all the opportunities of a city with the Southern Charm of a small town. Professors expect a lot from you, but if you stay on top of your work, it is not too bad. It really is a great school and I'm glad I choose to go here.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Dry Campus – Belmont is a dry campus meaning there is no alcohol. It is more strict than most dry campuses and they strictly enforce the policy.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Dining Hall/Caf – They try to have a good amount of variety and healthy options, but it is hard to do that when preparing for the masses. It gets really repetitive. After freshman year, I suggest getting the 7 mean plan because then you have more dining dollars to use in other places on campus.

2 College Junior

Parking: Trying to find parking anywhere after 10pm on weekdays is nearly impossible. Even the "gravel lot" is usually full. Bepo also gets too anxious about ticketing people for the littlest things, like parking somewhere that's not actually a spot (because you can't find any others), or for unloading a car DURING MOVE-IN DAY. Their fees also seem to be way too high.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol – This is a clean college campus. Some may choose to use drugs and drink under age, but no one is pressured to and it is mostly off campus that these things occur. If you want to get involved in that sort of activity, you can, but if you don't want to, there are plenty of people with you.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Restaurants – Some good off campus restaurants are just across the street, making it easy to go to and a great college student scene. They have really good food and lots of options. Some places are a bit pricey, but if you're wanting to go out to a nice restaurant these are good places to go.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professor to student ratio is small, which means they know who you are, more than just your name, and are usually easily accessible and helpful. The BelCore makes you take just enough Gen Ed courses, not too much. The workload depends on your major, but usually it's no problem.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a Part of It – I am not a part of the Greek Life here on campus so I don't know very much. I do see plenty of their events going on all around me.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Good – I feel very safe everywhere I go on campus. There isn't very much campus crime that goes on from what I hear, and if there is it is taking care of very well.

5 College Junior

Weather: Classes are really close together so if it is raining, you don't get that wet.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not as Much – There's not too many drugs. I hear about marijuana occasionally but nothing too crazy.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off-campus restaurants that are good!


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Most Belmont students will tell you that if they had to do it over again, they’d choose Belmont every time. So, despite parking issues, rising tuition, and strict behavioral policies, students are truly glad to be here, and it shows. University president Dr. Robert Fisher (around here, he’s affectionately called “Bob the Builder”—you’ll figure it out when you see the construction trucks on campus) likes to say Belmont is a “small town in a big city.” Because it’s such a tiny school on an enclosed campus, the community atmosphere at Belmont is incredibly strong. Professors often give out their personal cell phone numbers to students who need extra help, and they genuinely want their students to succeed—not just in their classes, but in life. Most students find one or two professors in their major who become almost like surrogate parents. They’ll counsel you through the stress of finals and help you find fantastic internships. Because many professors are former professionals in whatever field they teach, they have experience and contacts that are immeasurably valuable to students —in this town, the people you know have the potential to open doors for you.

Nashville itself is probably one of the biggest selling points for the University. It’s an incredible town full of opportunities for young professionals in every major. Nursing students may do clinicals at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, one of the top hospitals in the world. Students who like to write might find a public relations internship at one of the music labels in town. And of course, if you want to pursue a career in the music business, there’s no better place to be. So is a Belmont education expensive? Yes. Make no mistake about it. But if you feel it’s the right place for you, you’ll leave knowing every penny was worth it.

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