College Sophomore 2012-07-10T21:11:01Z
Not the Best Option – Off campus housing can be difficult to find especially for a college student without a full time job, besides the fact that you have to get permission to live off campus. on campus housing is a much better option.
College Senior 2012-07-10T18:35:03Z
The Most Fun You'll Have. Ever. Options for everyone, you can go to bars or clubs or frat parties, or just have dorm parties. Many popular bars do not charge cover, and are filled with college students. Frats host nights at local bars/clubs to make it all Vanderbilt students which is great since you won't get any Nashville locals. Frat parties are on Friday or Saturday nights, and people hit the bars on Thursdays and Tuesdays.
College Senior 2012-07-10T18:29:21Z
Not Much Need for a Car – Because Nashville is a city, there isn't much need for a car since we take cabs everywhere if needed. Parking is ok, there are two main garages, one much closer than the other but more expensive. If you just get general parking passes and not for a garage (upperclassmen) you may have trouble finding a place to park. But tickets aren't given very often unless you are parked in a place you're clearly not supposed to. The price is probably average compared to other schools, and you could make it cheaper by choosing parking areas farther away that are less desirable.
College Senior 2012-07-10T18:18:29Z
Every season is beautiful. Early summer and fall is super warm until around late October. The winters are not bad at all, hardly snows, this year we didn't get snow on the ground at all which I loved. But when it does get super cold or snows, professors may cancel classes since the south doesn't know how to handle snow. Rains a good deal and downpours, but only lasts like 2 days at a time and is quickly followed by sun. We have tornado watches a lot, but have yet to experience an actual tornado any place close.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-09T18:23:45Z
Tornado Alley – The weather is fairly mild: not too much snow in the winter, doesn't get very hot until after school is out for the summer. However, Nashville gets pretty violent thunderstorms in the spring and these are often accompanied by tornado warnings which can throw a wrench in plans.
College Junior 2012-06-21T14:48:23Z
Vandy Bubble – Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Nashville, so there are lots of things to do. However, most people don't venture far from campus for some reason. A lot of students jokingly call campus the 'Vandy Bubble' because students hardly ever do things not associated with the school. On the weekends and Thursday nights, several students go to the bars downtown, but that is pretty much it.
College Junior 2012-06-21T14:44:33Z
Fair and Appropriate Consequences – Punishments for drinking alcohol on commons are pretty fair. Most of the time, you will just get a warning, but you have to go through a few talks with Student Conduct and your area coordinator.
College Junior 2012-06-21T14:39:15Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – You will always see the VUPD patrolling in their cars. Vanderbilt is really good at informing the students of any security issues, even small ones. Most of the incidents happen off campus. On campus, you will never feel a threat of any kind. If you forget to lock your door before leaving or leave your laptop in the lobby of your dorm for a while, you will find everything just the way you left it.
College Junior 2012-06-21T14:33:46Z
Separated but There – There are a lot of minority students, but they are often separated from everyone else. People mostly just stick to their own cultural groups. The majority of students are affluent white kids.
College Sophomore 2012-06-11T02:54:53Z
Mostly Alcohol – Alcohol is more widely-used and popular than any drugs at Vanderbilt, in my opinion. People go to the frats any night of the week to drink, and often pregame in their apartments. I have seen limited marijuana usage on campus, but I personally have not seen anyone using hard drugs.
Drinking is overall more accepted on campus, and the police officers do not give drunk students trouble, unless they are a danger to themselves or others.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-07T15:52:55Z
Vanderbilt is situated in a temperate region. The summers are to die for. During the school year, fall is beautiful, winter is short, and spring is long and lush. The weather is perfectly temperate. It snows no more than about 2 inches in the winter, which is beautiful, but it doesn't stick around too long. It rains in the spring typically once a week, but the weather is gorgeous and everything is green! Vandy campus is a national arboretum with over 500 species of trees! It's amazing!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-07T15:44:01Z
Administration Goes Above and Beyond – The school goes above and beyond to have seminars, lectures, courses, and training for drug and alcohol safety. Despite it all, kids will be kids and there will always be issues with irresponsibility. But the school does more than it honestly has to.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-07T15:41:53Z
Health & Safety:
Feels Safe, but Lots of Crime Reports – The campus feels incredibly safe. It's in a relatively gentrified area of town. The campus is closed, with no roads running through its acreage. It feels safe.
However, it corners some busy roads, and there are many crime reports sent to our emails about robbery's, sexual assaults, and things of that nature. They typically happen to women when they are alone walking somewhere, or in the parking garage by themselves. Some minority will brandish a knife or gun, or cop a feel and run. Sometimes they'll pull out a gun, punch you, take your wallet or purse and run.
But it feels incredibly safe. I promise. Considering the student traffic, it's not surprising there aren't more incidents. Use your head, think smart, and don't be stupid and you'll never, ever have a problem!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-07T15:31:52Z
Great Athletic Program! Vanderbilt has a ton of top varsity sports teams, from football and baseball, to cross country and track, to lacross and swimming. The list is endless. Intramural sports are strong both within the Greek community and independently organized. There are endless games to attend and school spirit is generally pretty amazing!
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-07T15:28:38Z
Amazing Aid – This school has hands down the smoothest financial aid process of any I have come across. You fill out and submit appropriate forms, and, within a few weeks, you get a letter detailing your eligibility for a ton of money. AND- it's money that you don't have to pay back. GANGSTA money.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-07T15:27:49Z
Best Technology – The whole campus is equipped with high-speed wireless internet. Each library has an multiple computer labs with all the necessary printers, scanners, and media equipment for academic and personal work. Reliability has never been an issue. Printing under 30 pages at the Biomedical library is free of charge. Everywhere else it is roughly 5 cents per sheet.
The tech centers are more than helpful as well.
College Junior 2012-05-31T01:25:31Z
Freshmen Have It Made; Upperclassmen Not So Much – Students are spoiled their 1st year by living on the Commons; after that it's a crapshoot.
College Junior 2012-05-31T01:22:08Z
Although Vandy is making a concerted effort to change this; there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-26T15:26:12Z
Getting Better – Athletics really have improved over the past couple of years. We've gone from being the basement of the SEC every year to being way more competitive. We've made two bowl games in the past four years (and won one) and our new coach is an excellent recruiter. Our basketball team won the SEC championship this year, and was only one of two teams in the country that beat the eventual NCAA champions Kentucky. Our baseball team made the College World Series last year.
College Junior 2012-05-16T01:42:01Z
Great Food – Nashville food is amazing. So much deliciousness. There is so much to choose from, and a lot of the restaurants are on the commodore card, which is great. The meal plan comes with meal money that can be spent at these participating restaurants, so it's great to go out and explore the food scene.
College Junior 2012-05-16T01:39:12Z
It's so hard to find parking, I've gotten four tickets this past month! Freshman can't drive, so they either have to park a couple streets over from the commons on 17th or take taxis, borrow cars, and walk.
College Junior 2012-05-16T01:36:45Z
So Much Fun – Fun fraternity parties every weekend, with a substantial amount of bar going as well. Tuesday and Thursday nights are big bar nights too, with most people going to Sportsman's on Tuesdays and to Demonbreun or downtown on Thursdays. Most people get cabs to go to bars, which usually don't cost too much and can be paid with on your commodore card.
College Junior 2012-05-16T01:26:46Z
Guys & Girls:
Girls a+, Guys B – the girls are beautiful but the boys leave a bit more to be desired. the girls are all pretty driven, eager to be best at everything, school, extra-curriculars, and looking good. the gym is always crowded. the guys are fine, but nowhere near as good-looking as the girls. average guys tend to grow big egos though because they are always getting beautiful girls
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-12T00:56:33Z
Even though Nashville is a southern city, you'll find much more than fried chicken and country-style dinning options. Nashville has a young atmosphere and that is well reflected in the variety of restaurants surrounding the Vanderbilt area. Hillsbourgh village offers smaller, more college-friendly options (by cost and attire) such as bars, quick-dinning sushi at Zumi, and all-america style places like Jacksons, Cabana, and Sunset Grill. While no places that I know of offer consistent student discounts, several of the places in this Hillsbourgh area take the "vanderbilt card"-- students love this. The Downtown area known as the Gulch offers relatively more fine-dinning options. Along west-end, there are several family-style restaurants like Amerigo's and Bricktops, or a large-group favorite like Goten habachi. Historical favorites are also spotted throughout Nashville, such as the speak-easy Patternson House, which despite its high drinks prices, has the absolute best drinks and bartenders in town. Vegetarians, adventure-hunters, and rich Vandy alumni's will all enjoy a little taste of Nashville.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-10T16:51:05Z
Lots of Variety – Taste of Nashville provides an opportunity to eat off-campus without having to use "real" money. There's something within walking distance for just about anyone. There are several local favorites, like Noshville, as well as bigger chain restaurants if you need something familiar.
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