Aerial view of campus at sunrise

Experience Nashville

Get to know our hometown and all that Music City has to offer.

Welcome to Music City, U.S.A.

Nashville has been rated among the top 10 tourist destinations in the world, and with good reason. Combining small-town charm with big-city sophistication, our hometown boasts some of the best live music, dining and entertainment in the world.

Our campus is tucked into a quiet neighborhood that’s next door to the legendary Music Row and within easy reach of the sights and sounds of downtown Nashville. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should pay us a visit.

Nashville, TN

By the Numbers

Job Market in the U.S. (WSJ, 2022)
Live Music City (Fifty Grande, 2023)
Top 15
City in the U.S. (Travel+Leisure, 2023)
Top 10
City for New College Grads (SmartAsset, 2019)
Music Notes

Top Local Attractions

From the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum to the Grand Ole Opry®, Nashville is home to some of the music industry’s most iconic destinations. Visit Historic RCA Studio B®, where Elvis recorded more than 200 songs, or Hatch Show Print®, the historic letterpress shop that has created show posters since 1879. Other popular attractions include The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood and the National Museum of African American Music.

Music & Culture

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the 150+ music venues around Nashville. You can find a live concert every night of the year--featuring everything from rock to country to the blues. Hear today’s rising stars at the Ryman Auditorium, one of the most celebrated venues in music. Check out up-and-coming songwriters at the Bluebird Cafe, or enjoy a performance by the Nashville Symphony.

Ascend Amphitheater
Ascend Amphitheater - Image Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Coffee & Dining

If you're looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, there are plenty of excellent coffee shops and restaurants to explore near campus. Just across Belmont Boulevard, you'll find Bongo Java, a beloved local coffee shop that has been serving up delicious coffee and pastries for over two decades. This cozy spot is perfect for studying, catching up with friends, or simply enjoying a quiet moment with a great cup of joe.

For a taste of Mexican & Pan-Latin cuisine, head to Chago's Belmont Cantina, known for its flavorful dishes and vibrant atmosphere. If you're craving some authentic Southern barbecue, Martin's BBQ Joint is just a short walk away, offering mouthwatering pulled pork, brisket and ribs.

To discover more dining options in Nashville, be sure to check out Eater Nashville, a comprehensive guide to the city's vibrant food scene. For a truly unique dining experience, head downtown to Assembly Food Hall, where you can sample a variety of cuisines from local chefs and restaurateurs. Whether you're looking for a quick bite between classes or a memorable meal with friends, you'll find plenty of delicious options just steps away from campus.

Getting Around

Downtown Nashville is very walkable, so you can easily stroll from one attraction to the next if you're staying in the downtown area or close to campus. Taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers are abundant. There's an extensive public transportation system that can take you wherever you want to go. The buses are clean, reliable and reasonably priced. Or, if you're feeling active, you can rent a bike and explore the city on two wheels. There are also a number of bike and scooter rental companies. There are plenty of bike trails, and it's a great way to see some of Nashville's sights. 

Explore Nashville’s Neighborhoods

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Nashville Neighborhoods

If you're in the mood for some southern hospitality, head over to 12 South. This neighborhood is perfect for a leisurely stroll along restaurants and boutique shops, and it’s just around the corner from Belmont’s campus.

Edgehill Village, a quaint neighborhood relatively small in size but bursting with modern personality and historic charm, has some popular spots for students. This diverse and historic neighborhood is located just south of downtown Nashville. The area was first settled in the early 1800s, and many of the original homes and businesses are still standing today. Edgehill Village is home to a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as several schools and parks. The neighborhood is also well-known for its annual festivities, including the Edgehill Arts Festival and the Edgehill Heritage Festival. Check out some great eats and more here.

The Gulch is another popular neighborhood, which is known for its upscale dining and shopping options. If you're looking for a more refined experience, this is the place to be. You'll find plenty of high-end restaurants, as well as designer stores and luxury hotels.

Belmont's campus is situated in a prime location–the historic and vibrant Hillsboro-West End neighborhood. From campus, students can easily walk to restaurants, shops, parks, nail and hair salons, independent bookstores, coffee shops, and the historic independent Belcourt movie theater. Plus, it's also convenient for those who need to run errands or pick up supplies.

East Nashville is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city that has something for everyone. Check out restaurants, music shops and vintage stores. You'll find no shortage of live music listed on NowPlayingNashville.

If you're looking for a more laid-back vibe, consider checking out Sylvan Park. This neighborhood is home to many young families and professionals, and its tree-lined streets are perfect for taking a leisurely stroll. You'll also find some great local shops and restaurants here, as well as plenty of green space at McCabe Community Center and Richland Park.

For a taste of southern hospitality, head to Belle Meade. This upscale neighborhood is known for its beautiful homes and manicured lawns. You'll also find several golf courses and Cheekwood botanical gardens here, making it the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon.

Nashville skyline at night with the lights reflecting off the river

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Plan Your Visit

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