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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Support of local business is a big deal in Nashville. Southern-charm, yet an interest of world culture exists in everyday life.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Nashville is definitely a great place to live. There is always something new going on in town. If there's something you want to do you can almost certainly find it. It's a bigger city that is growing and creating new opportunities, but you can be in the middle of nowhere in less than half an hour.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Nashville, seriously, has to be the best place for activities, events, and sports! You will not find a place that has more going on than Nashville with a population of its size.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Nashville is a great city to be in. There are many things to do all around. You are also only a short drive to Knoxville or Chattanooga.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are so many great and unique restaurants in the area and the natives are very friendly. When it is warm out there are a lot of free concerts outside, and also many other concerts year round. There are also many parks nearby. Both centennial park and the bicentennial mall in particular are wonderful. There are several malls within 20 minutes with a wide variety of stores. I have never felt unsafe in the area, but there have been some reports of girls being followed on local streets at night, but it is relatively safe if you are smart and do not walk alone at night. I get back from work late sometimes and I always see multiple campus security cars on my walk to my dorm, so I always feel safe. There is a professional football team and a professional hockey team which often has student discounts in the area.


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With its thriving entertainment scene, Nashville has earned the right to its nickname, “Music City.” There are live music venues all over town, from the legendary Bluebird Café to more eclectic locations like Tin Roof or Hotel Indigo. Right across the street from campus, on the upper floor of Bongo Java, the After Hours Theatre hosts student performances several times a week. And from the second you set foot on Belmont’s campus, you can expect to receive dozens of Facebook invitations from your artist friends announcing their upcoming shows. When you can, go check them out. Who knows? You might have the next big superstar in your 9 a.m. math class.

Nashville residents love college students, and local businesses go out of their way to offer discounts and special promotions just for students. The Predators, Nashville’s NHL team, have "College Nights" on Thursdays throughout the season. With your student ID, you can enjoy a fast-paced, exciting hockey game for just $15 to $25 depending on where your seats are. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) also partners with Belmont to offer discounted tickets to the hottest touring musicals and plays when they stop in Nashville. You can usually find information about performances on MyBelmont, the University’s intranet. And the entertainment doesn’t stop when school lets out. Many underclassmen go home for the summer, but upperclassmen often stay in Nashville to take advantage of the city’s incredible internship opportunities. If you’re in the area, be sure to visit one of Nashville’s music festivals—CMA Music Festival, Next Big Nashville, and Music City Jazz, Blues & Heritage Festival all occur during the summer. Nashville has all of the benefits of a major city, but it hasn’t lost its small-town Southern charm. It truly is the perfect college town.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. It's the country music capital of the world.
  2. City is home to the Grand Ole Opry, the longest-running radio program in the U.S. It's been on the air since 1925!
  3. Bob Dylan recorded his studio hit album "Nashville Skyline," on which he does a duet with Johnny Cash, in Columbia Studios in Nashville.
  4. In 1941, Nashville was granted the very first FM radio license in the country.
  5. Elvis Presley recorded more than 200 of his songs at RCA's Studio B on Nashville's Music Row, which is across the street from Belmont and open for recording sessions to Belmont students.
Notable Natives
  • Duane Allman - member of the rock band The Allman Brothers
  • Gregg Allman - member of the rock band The Allman Brothers
  • Miley Cyrus - pop star
  • Jeff Jarrett - professional wrestler
Local Slang
  • The Batman Building: AT&T Building, a prominent downtown building. Gets its nickname from the building's two tall "horns."
  • Nashvegas: Nickname for Nashville. It implies there's a lot more glitz than there really is, but the irony is the comedy!
Points of Interest
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  • Music City Walk of Fame
  • Music Row
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Shopping Centers
  • CoolSprings Galleria
  • The Mall at Green Hills
  • Opry Mills
Movie Theaters
Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Ave.
(615) 846-3150
Movie Theaters
Regal Green Hills 16
3815 Green Hills Village Drive
(615) 269-5910
Major Sports Teams
  • Nashville Predators: NHL
  • Nashville Sounds: Minor league baseball
  • Tennessee Titans: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: : 4 hours
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.: : 2 hours
  • Louisville, Ky.: : 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Memphis, Tenn.: : 3 hours, 15 minutes
Did You Know?
The daily newspaper in the city is "The Tennessean." Until 1998, it competed against the "Nashville Banner," with both newspapers housed in the same building under a joint-operation agreement. Talk about keeping your enemies close!

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 73 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 73 responses

  • 89% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 4% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 73 responses

  • 77% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 72 responses

  • 57% Totally.
  • 36% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 7% No way.



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