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Vanderbilt University

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Vanderbilt University

Office of Conferences
VU Station B #351677

Nashville, Tennessee 37235-1677

3800Largest Group
100+Meeting Rooms
3800Overnight Guests
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  • Vanderbilt campus is just minutes from downtown Nashville.Vanderbilt campus is just minutes from downtown Nashville.
  • Kirkland Hall in the fallKirkland Hall in the fall
  • The Student Life CenterThe Student Life Center
  • Student Life Center ballroomStudent Life Center ballroom
  • Wilson Hall and lawnWilson Hall and lawn
  • Main LibraryMain Library
  • Benson Science HallBenson Science Hall
  • Sarratt CinemaSarratt Cinema
  • Student Recreation Center poolStudent Recreation Center pool
  • The Commons Dining CenterThe Commons Dining Center
  • SLC PlazaSLC Plaza
  • Sarratt | Rand HallSarratt | Rand Hall
  • Eskind Biomedical LibraryEskind Biomedical Library
  • Langford AuditoriumLangford Auditorium
  • Campus sunsetCampus sunset

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Convenience and affordability with the personal touch of a small community
and the amenities of a large city

Vanderbilt University provides a gateway to greatness. Located in a national aboretum and home to historic and LEED certified buildings, Vanderbilt University is a perfect place to host your next summer conference, retreat or business meeting. As comprehensive research university, Vanderbilt provides state-of-the-art facilities, attractive accommodations, award winning dining services as well as a supportive environment for interdisciplinary inquiry. No matter the size or complexity of your event, the one stop shop at the Vanderbilt Office of Conferences has the resources to help you achieve your goals to host a very successful event with us.

Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Knoxville - 150 miles
Memphis - 196 miles
Louisville - 175 miles
Chattanooga - 133 miles
Atlanta - 251
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Nashville (BNA) / 20
Residence hall, meeting spaces and dining facilities available mid-May to early August.
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Internet connections in all facilities; state of the art conferencing capabilities; computer labs; campus copy center.
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Meal Plans and catering available.
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Special rates and packages are available.
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  • Vanderbilt Catering
    Campus Catering is the quick and easy way to cater your meeting or gathering.


  • The Commons Center
    The state-of-the-art dining facility at The Commons Center includes a salad bar with sizzle station, Chef’s Table, specialty pizza oven, deli, wok, grill, and vegetarian/vegan food. The center is also the first gold-certified (certification for its environmentally friendly construction) building in Nashville.
  • Rand Dining Hall
    The Rand Dining Center includes an expansive salad bar, grill, and a wide variety of meal options including vegetarian entrees and sides. Rand serves only 100% Fair Trade, locally roasted and organic Bongo Java coffee.

Area Attractions

Belle Meade Plantation Once a world-renowned 5,400-acre thoroughbred horse farm, the plantation showcases the 1853 Greek Revival mansion filled with original furnishings and a large antique carriage collection.

Country Music Hall of Fame The world’s largest music museum is also an exciting and entertaining destination with something for everyone.

General Jackson Showboat Lunch and dinner cruises with country music shows and a variety of entertainment.

Adventure Science Center Take a scientific adventure the entire family will enjoy. Take a journey through the human body and see what goes on beneath the skin at BodyQuest. Blast off into the sky at BlueMax. If you still have energy, visit the Adventure Tower—scale a wall of skin, lift a car and let your imagination go wild at this educational Nashville attraction.

Grand Ole Opry The Grand Ole Opry has hosted thousands of prestigious and memorable performance and events from the CMA Awards and the Gospel Music Awards to special appearances by Dolly Parton, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. See the concierge for schedules at this Nashville tourist attraction.

Elliston Place Soda Shop Little has changed at the Elliston Place Soda Shop—Nashville's oldest continuously operating restaurant in the same location—since it was opened by Lynn Chandler in 1939. (He has since sold it.) The fountain and grill serve up a typical pharmacy/soda shop menu of breakfast, burgers and fries, sundaes, shakes and banana splits; the kitchen serves up a daily changing repast of meat-and-three.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere Explore a wild kingdom with more than 350 species of exotic animals, including Bengal tigers, zebras, ostriches and red pandas. Discover the habitats the animals call home and get up close and personal with the critters in the petting zoo.

Ryman Auditorium The original home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium has showcased some of the country's best talent, from Roy Acuff to James Brown and Patsy Cline to Sheryl Crow. Check schedules for upcoming events.

The Parthenon in Centennial Park Visit a little piece of Greece, even if it's just for the day. This full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple stands in Centennial Park and features both the city's art museum and the Athena Parthenos sculpture. Standing 42 feet tall, Athena Parthenos is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts The works at the Frist will make you see the world in a whole new way. The beautiful Art Deco building houses new exhibits every six to eight weeks, so there's always something new. Discover your inner Picasso at ArtQuest, which is made up of 30 interactive stations that let you be the artist. Paint an original watercolor or design a colorful sculpture. Before you leave, stop by the gift shop to browse the expansive collection of books, prints, art supplies and clothing.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art Take a walk through the most beautiful gardens, and admire a world-class collection of American and contemporary paintings and sculptures. The art collections also house the largest Worcester porcelain collection in America. Stroll through the original Cheek gardens featuring pools, fountains, extensive boxwood paintings and breathtaking views of the grassy Tennessee hills. Explore the property with a guided tour or on your own.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Named in honor of the late Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn, the center is home to the Nashville Symphony. Over 100 classical, pop and special concert events are performed each season, in addition to recitals, choral concerts, cabaret, jazz and world music events.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center In the mood for a show? The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is Nashville's premier venue for theatrical and musical performances. The center houses both the Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Opera and famed Broadway shows such as Wicked, Sister Act and Jersey Boys.

The Bluebird Cafe With a worldwide reputation for presenting the best original country and acoustic music, The Bluebird Cafe showcases up-and-coming songwriters. See the place where legendary musicians such as Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks first started their careers. They serve wine, beer, appetizers and sandwiches.

Tootsies Orchid Lounge No trip to Music City is complete without a stop at the world’s most famous honky-tonk. Bought by Tootsie Bess in 1960, this hot spot once catered to the likes of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and more.

The Cannery Ballroom & Mercy Lounge These sister clubs inhabit the first two floors of Nashville’s Historic Cannery building. Built in 1883, the former flour mill and food-processing center is now home to two of Nashville’s premier music venues.

Wildhorse Saloon Located on 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville, the Wildhorse offers three floors of action-packed fun, including five bars, award-winning Southern dining and live entertainment seven nights a week.

Loveless Cafe Serving Southern comfort fare to Music City’s guests and locals with a charming country flair. Located at the Northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway, this legendary haunt is a blend of successful tourist hot spot and local favorite.

Noshville This New York-style deli imports a little piece of Big Apple heaven to Nashville.

Rotier's Restaurant This legendary, no-frills diner serves some of Nashville's best burgers.

Tavern Located in the heart of Nashville's Midtown, Tavern offers an innovative menu and friendly, attentive service in a contemporary, inviting atmosphere. Rich, warm interior hues, large patios and multiple flat-screen TVs make Tavern the perfect backdrop to enjoy with friends all year long.

The Mall at Green Hills Indulge your senses at The Mall at Green Hills. Nordstrom, Dillard's, and Macy's provide upscale department-store shopping. At this Nashville Tennessee shopping mall, there are also over 100 specialty shops, offering you a boutique atmosphere with exceptional service. Stores include Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade New York, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, BCBGMAXAZRIA, bebe, Coach, Cole Haan, Tiffany & Co., Swarovski, Kiehl's, L'OCCITANE en Provence, Sephora, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Tory Burch and Restoration Hardware. Contact our concierge for details on arranging transportation to the mall.

Hillsboro Village Stroll through one of Nashville's few remaining collections of neighborhood merchants. The four blocks of "The Village" have all the makings of a self-sufficient village complete with entertainment, food and culture.

Hatch Show Print Hatch is the oldest known letterpress printing shop in America and still continues to use the same technique employed in the 15th century. Now owned and operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, Hatch has been a leading poster printer for vaudeville, circuses and sporting events. However, its biggest claim to fame is its posters of the Grand Ole Opry stars.

Nashville Farmer's Market This is where to find some of the best restaurants, specialty shops, greenhouse and open-air stalls featuring some of the freshest fruits, vegetables and plants.