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Vanderbilt University

Office of Conferences
VU Station B #351677

Nashville, Tennessee 37235-1677

1400Largest Group
100+Meeting Rooms
1400Overnight Guests
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  • Vanderbilt's campus is just minutes from downtown NashvilleVanderbilt's 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
  • Student Life CenterStudent Life Center
  • Student Life Center ballroomStudent Life Center ballroom



  • Mardi Gras-themed event in Student Life Center ballroomMardi Gras-themed event in Student Life Center ballroom





  • Board of Trust roomBoard of Trust room
  • Benton ChapelBenton Chapel
  • Benton ChapelBenton Chapel
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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 arboretum and home to historic and LEED certified buildings, Vanderbilt University is a perfect place to host your next summer conference, retreat or business meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. As a 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 Tennessee 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
Public Transportation Options:
Parking Onsite:
Parking Rate:
$10/day reserved in advance (also able to offer whole summer rates)
Residence hall and dining facilities available mid-May to early August. Nashville meeting spaces available year-round.
Room Type(s):
Residence Halls
Suite/Apt Style
Nearby Hotel(s)
Bath Type(s):
Communal Semi-Private
ADA Accessible:
Largest Group:
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
Largest Classroom Style:
Largest Theatre Style:
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Internet connections in all facilities; state of the art conferencing capabilities; complimentary wifi; computer labs; campus copy center.
Onsite Wireless Internet:
Onsite A/V Staff:
Food & Beverage:
Meal Plans and catering available.
Must Use In-house Catering:
Cultural Catering Available:
Alcohol Permitted:
Offers Non-profit Rates:
Special Rates and Packages:
Special rates and packages are available.
Event Space Available:
Overnight Accommodations Available:
Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Family Reunion
Leisure travel
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Wedding Ceremony/Reception
Youth Retreat/Camp

ACCED-I 1 Stop Certified

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Alumni Lounge

Alumni Classroom AV Capabilities:
  • Cable TV
  • Computer
  • LCD Projector & screen
  • Lectern/Microphones
  • White Board

Memorial Hall

Alumni Reading Room Default Setup (capacity): Multi-purpose (100)

Kissam Multi-Purpose Room AV Capabilities:
  • LCD Video projector
  • Lectern
  • Cable TV

Kissam Classroom AV Capabilities:
  • LCD Video projector and screen Cable TV
  • Computer
  • Lectern and mic

Kissam C105

Warren Great Room Located in the Kissam Center (1st Floor)

Moore Great Room Located in the Kissam Center (1st Floor)

Sarratt Cinema AV Capabilities:
  • LCD video projector and screen
  • Cable TV
  • Piano
  • Portable Stage

Sarratt 110

Sarratt 114 AV Capabilities:
  • White Board
  • Wi-Fi

Sarratt 112 AV Capabilities:
  • White Board
  • Wi-Fi
  • LCD Video Projector & Screen
  • Windows

Sarratt 208 AV Capabilities:
  • LCD Television
  • Conference Phone

Sarratt 216 Used in conjunction with Sarratt 220

Sarratt 220 AV Capabilities:
  • LCD video projector and screen
  • Lecturn w/ microphone
  • Conference Phone

Sarratt 325

Sarratt 327 AV Capabilities:
  • LCD video projector and screen

Sarratt 325/327 AV Capabilities:
  • LCD video projector and screen

Sarratt 331

Sarratt 361 AV Capabilities:
  • LCD Television

Sarratt 363 AV Capabilities:
  • LCD Video Projector and Screen
  • White Board
  • Wi-Fi

Rand 262 Lounge Multi-Purpose (300)

AV Capabilities:
  • LCD Video Projector and Screen
  • Cable TV
  • TV


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Lupton Hall 318 Residence Halls
Scales Hall 156 Residence Halls
Mayfield 200
Chaffins 192
Lewis 198 Residence Halls
Morgan 198 Residence Halls
Warren & Moore 600+ Residence Halls
Stambaugh 160 Residence Halls
Murray 150 Residence Halls
Sutherland Residence Halls
Crawford 155 Residence Halls
North 169 Residence Halls
West 115 Residence Halls
Gillette 230 Residence Halls
East 105 Residence Halls
Memorial 85 Residence Halls
Stapleton Hall 156 Residence Halls
Cole 119 Residence Halls
Vaughn 100 Residence Halls
McTyeire 119 119 Residence Halls
McGill 119 119 Residence Halls
Tolman 103 Residence Halls
Blakemore 142 Residence Halls
Towers West 4 288 Residence Halls
Towers West 3 288 Residence Halls
Towers East 2 288 Residence Halls
Towers East 1 Residence Halls
Hank Ingram 301 Residence Halls


  • Vanderbilt Catering
    Vanderbilt Catering & Events serves as the all-inclusive campus catering option. Whether your event is big or small, fancy or casual, 500 people or just five, Vanderbilt Catering & Events can prepare a custom menu for your event ranging from snacks and beverages to a seated, multi-course dinner
  • Chef's Market
    Chef’s Market has evolved as one of Middle Tennessee’s leaders in the hospitality industry. Whether you are coming in for a bite or catering a special event, Chef’s is here to serve you!
  • G Catering
    G Catering is a premiere off-premise catering company in Nashville. Our goal is to assist event planners, corporate executives, brides and family members plan Creative Cuisine delivered with Gracious Service allowing them to fully immerse themselves in the fun, excitement and beauty of the festivities being planned. 
    >>> menu (PDF)
  • Beyond Details
    Beyond Details is a full-service boutique catering company that is honored to serve our clients some of the freshest, most delicious custom menus personalized to their tastes. Our passion for food, presentation, and focus on beautiful event execution is what sets us apart and is the core of what creates the Beyond Details experience. We offer a number of flexible catering and event solutions, from trendy to traditional that can meet all of your entertaining needs. 
    >>> menu (PDF)
  • Flavor Catering & Special Occasions
    Flavor is in the business of celebration. Our culinary style is unique – Our staff serves with a personable and efficient way not drawing attention to ourselves but focusing on the vision of our client – We work in diversified settings side by side as a family with actions that reflect our faith.
  • Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
    Our Mediterranean-inspired menu has a bit of a southern accent, which we make from scratch everyday. Watch us prepare your meal through our open kitchens, and enjoy the relaxing music and quiet environment that is designed for conversation and community gatherings. After all, in a world hungry for connection and happiness, relationships are what matter most. Need to get away? Time to escape to Taziki’s.
  • Dream Events & Catering
    As a full service event company, Dream Events & Catering provides everything from sensational cuisine and entertainment to seamless planning and design for gatherings of two – 10,000. Primarily serving Nashville and the surrounding Middle Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky areas.
  • Jim 'N Nick's BBQ
    Ribs. Pork. Chicken. Brisket. Hell, even sausage. All BBQ has the same three basic ingredients: smoke, meat and time. What makes it different is the amount, consideration and attention to each part of that recipe. That, and some really great bbq sauce, too. At Jim ‘N Nick’s, we pride ourselves on using the right ingredients, taking our time and honoring the traditions that brought us barbecue.
  • Savor The Flavor Events and Catering
    Savor The Flavor is a full service, boutique event planning and catering company servicing Nashville, Murfreesboro, and the surrounding Middle Tennessee area. From small informal gatherings to large social celebrations, STF can provide interesting and unique menus and event plans to fit your style and budget. We provide food and service that is second to none. Hospitality is in our blood and we love nothing more than watching our clients enjoy our food and relax at their own party.
  • Daily Dish Catering
    At Daily Dish it all starts with a simple discussion. We want to know everything about your event, your guests, and your vision. From there we start planning each detail. In the end, all you have to do is enjoy your event knowing we have taken care of your every need.
  • Puckett's Catering
    Puckett’s Catering offers off-site catering, full-restaurant rental and private group reservations. When it comes to food, we offer everything from whole-hog roasting and chef-attended grits station to biscuit bars and passed Hors d’oeuvres.
  • Sargent's Catering
    From elegant weddings to casual gatherings, Sargent’s Fine Catering specializes in making every event a success. We listen carefully to your ideas and work with you to create a truly customized menu. Sargent’s Fine Catering’s ultimate goal is to provide custom catering services that will deliciously enhance the atmosphere you wish to create.


  • 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.


One Stop Shop The office of Conferences at Vanderbilt University can facilitate any of your conference needs. 

Online Registration Services

Complimentary WIFI Access We offer complimentary WIFI at any location on campus. All you have to do is search for the hidden network "vummiv." No password requried. 

Campus Housing

Easy Access to Public Transportation



Rec Center Rec Center access is available for $10/day. This includes beautiful facilities with free weights, machines, work out classes, a swimming pool, and more!

Transportation arrangements Vanderbilt has a great working relationship with Gray Line Tennessee and is able to arrange transportation. Shuttle sizes vary.


Audio/Visual Technical Support

Projection and Presentation Systems

Multimedia Technology and Equipment

Computer Resources

Audio Conferencing

Performance/Entertainment Production

Video/Recording Production

Complimentary campus-wide WIFI

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.

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.

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.

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.


  • Thank you for everything you did for us this summer. Working with you all was such a breeze and I can’t thank you enough for your flexibility and help! 

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