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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Nashville is a perfect college town. Not too big, not too small. So many fun things to do, awesome food, and friendly people. It's great going to school in a city, but still having a very park-like, suburban campus.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Nashville is quickly becoming the top city for millennials. It's grown a lot in the last few years, and it's predicted to continue to grow.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Its good for night life and eating out. Other than that it is pretty average.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Nashville has plenty to do, and campus life is full of parties if you're into that. Campus is beautiful with lots of lawns and gives a respite from the city.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Nashville is a great city. There is always a lot going on downtown but I will say some things will be off limits if you are not 21. I came from a smaller southern city so Nashville seems exciting and big but if you are coming from New York or San Francisco, Nashville will seem like a suburb to you. Public Transportation isn't great so bring a car is highly recommended if you are looking to really explore the city.

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Nashville is an insider’s town—if you know the ins and outs of the city, then there’s something to do every day and night. This is a lot of fun because knowing about the cool restaurants or the special nights at various clubs makes you feel like you’re privy to exciting information. The problem, of course, is finding everything to begin with.

Making fun of Nashville and the local population is a fairly common trend for some Vanderbilt students. However, it is quite ironic that these critics can never be found in their rooms on a weekend night because they are out taking advantage of what the city has to offer. Whether it’s the fantastic music scene (and contrary to popular belief, no, it’s not just country), the Predators, the Titans, or the wonderful array of unique restaurants, there is something for everyone in Nashville. In the variety and depth of its offerings, Nashville feels like a much larger city than it actually is.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. It is the birthplace of country music-goes by the name "Music City, USA."
  2. Nashville was a city of great importance in the Civil Rights movement.
  3. Nashville was ranked 25th on the Forbes.com list of Best Places for Business and Careers.
  4. Nashville has more universities than any other southern city.
  5. It's the capital of Tennessee!
Notable Natives
  • William Frist
  • Dolly Parton
  • Al Gore
  • Tina Turner
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Oprah Winfrey
Local Slang
  • Crunk: Crazy and wild, usually as a result of alcohol consumption; it is commonly known as a contraction of crazy and drunk.
  • Do what?: Similar to "Say what?" or "What'd you say?"
  • Fixin': Preparing to do so, as in "I'm fixin' to go to Waffle House."
Points of Interest
  • Frist Art Center
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Ryman Auditorium
Shopping Centers
  • Cool Springs Mall
  • Green Hills Mall
  • Opryland Mall
Movie Theaters
Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Ave.
(615) 383-9140
Movie Theaters
Regal Green Hills 16
2126 Abbott Martin Rd.
(615) 269-5772
Movie Theaters
Sarratt Cinema
On campus
(615) 343-6666
Major Sports Teams
  • Nashville Predators: hockey
  • Nashville Sounds: baseball
  • Tennessee Titans: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Knoxville: TN: 3 hours
  • Memphis: TN: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 61 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 62 responses

  • 84% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 3% 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.
  • 8% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 62 responses

  • 31% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 68% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 2% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 61 responses

  • 34% Totally.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% No way.



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