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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Local atmosphere is only good when off campus. Campus life is boring and in the city there's not much to do unless you are 21 and over it seems. There might be more to do but transportation without a car is awful. The buses aren't very reliable

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Wonderful place to live and build a family together. Can't wait to see my little baby Cameron exploring all of what Nashville has to offer!

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The Gulch is just a few minutes away from the school and offers upscale living and amentities.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: I attend Danville Area Community Colllege. The closest big city we live near is Champaign Illinois in Danville there is nothing to do only thing here is food and movie theater our mall is terrible.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Nashville is growing! As of recently, new homes, strip malls and urban dining are the topics of conversation. There used to be areas of town that were less frequented because of the drop in places people could socialize. Now, some of the coolest, eclectic stores and dining are popping up!


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In Nashville, there is always something to do for fun; the key is to know where to look and to choose the right company to be with. The campus itself is very friendly; however, the surrounding area can be somewhat unsafe at times. The surrounding area is lower-class intercity, as TSU is located on the outskirts of downtown Nashville. It is five minutes away from West End and Charlotte avenues, which will carry you to the hottest clubs, restaurants, and shopping areas. The citizens of Nashville are either very friendly or very unfriendly; there is no in between. One day, you may have several smiling faces, and the next, not one person will look your way. The weather is much of the reason for these extremes, since it affects everything from traffic to people’s moods. Nashville is a great place for music lovers. There are a number of jazz clubs, dance clubs, gentlemen’s and ladies’ clubs, and places for concerts. The Starwood Amphitheatre holds a concert nearly every week, and the biggest and most mainstream artists play here because it is a large venue with plenty of seating. However, it is literally all the way across town from TSU. Other places artists perform in are 328 Performance Hall and, for country music lovers, the Grand Ole Opry. There are a number of clubs and bars located in downtown Nashville, and if that’s not your thing, there are also a number of interesting shops for souvenirs and other items you won’t find in a Wal-Mart. Overall, the people in Nashville are great to socialize with, and despite the South’s reputation, we are certainly not all hicks.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Maxwell family started its brand name Maxwell House Coffee in Nashville.
  2. Nashville's Centennial Park is home of a replica of the famous Parthenon in ancient Greece
  3. Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve in 1779.
  4. Nashville was once known to have a higher ratio of churches to people than any other city in the US.
  5. Nashville's Grand Ole Opry was originally known as The Barn Dance.
Notable Natives
  • David Brown (aka Young Buck)
  • Al Gore
  • Red Grooms
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Dolly Parton
  • Minnie Pearl
  • James Polk
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Reese Witherspoon
Local Slang
  • Cashville: Nickname for Nashville dubbed by rapper Young Buck
  • Crunk: Crazy and wild, usually as a result of alcohol consumption. It is commonly known as a contraction of "crazy" and "drunk."
  • Fixin': Planning to do something
  • The GEC: The Gaylord Entertainment Center
  • Like gat: Like that
  • Vandy: Vanderbilt University
  • Ya'll: You all
Points of Interest
  • 328 Performance Hall
  • Bi-Centennial Mall
  • Centennial Park
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame
  • The Frist Art Museum
  • Gaylord Entertainment Center
  • The Grand Ole Opry
  • Hadley Park
  • Local restaurants and bars near Tennessee State
  • Starwood Amphitheatre
  • The Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Shopping Centers
  • Bellevue Mall
  • Cool Springs Galleria
  • Hickory Hollow Mall
  • Mall at Green Hills
  • Nashville West Shopping Plaza
  • Opry Mills Shopping Center
  • Rivergate Mall
Movie Theaters
Belcourt Theatre
Movie Theaters
Carmike Bellevue
Movie Theaters
Regal Bellevue Cinema
Movie Theaters
Regal Green Hills 16
Movie Theaters
Regal Hollywood 27
719 Thompson Ln.
(615) 463-7705
Movie Theaters
Regal Opry Mills
470 Opry Mills Dr.
(615) 514-4629
Major Sports Teams
  • Nashville Broncs: basketball
  • Nashville Predators: hockey
  • Nashville Rhythm: ABA basketball
  • Nashville Sounds: minor league baseball
  • Tennessee Titans: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Chattanooga: TN: 2 hours
  • Memphis: TN: 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 72 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

  • 60% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 14% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 3% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 22% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 72 responses

  • 64% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 35% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 1% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 73 responses

  • 37% Totally.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% No way.


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