Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Event Types Welcomed

  • Expo/Competitions
  • Leisure Travel
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


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. Vanderbilt is a comprehensive research university and 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 Nashville event, the one stop shop at Vanderbilt Conferences and Events has the resources to help you achieve your goals to host a very successful event with us. The Student Centers at Vanderbilt University have a wide variety of rooms available for meetings and social events. For example, Commodore Ballroom and Alumni Hall both offer event spaces that can accommodate groups ranging from 10 to over 1000 guests. Meeting spaces at Vanderbilt are split between Alumni Hall, Kissam Center at the Warren & Moore College Halls, Sarrat Student Centers/ Rand Hall, and the Student Life Center, with each venue offering its own special, reservable spaces for events as well. Our Nashville venue has all you need and more!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1400 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 300
  • Largest Theatre Style: 1100
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 1,100
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
Alumni Classroom
AV Capabilities:
  • Cable TV
  • Computer
  • LCD Projector & screen
  • Lectern/Microphones
  • White Board
  • 1,772 Sq. Ft.
  • 66 Classroom Style
Alumni Lounge
Memorial Hall
Alumni Reading Room
Default Setup (capacity): Multi-purpose (100)
Kissam Multi-Purpose Room
AV Capabilities:
  • LCD Video projector
  • Lectern
  • Cable TV
  • 1,469 Sq. Ft.
  • 72 Banquet Style
  • 30 Classroom Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
  • 50 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
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
  • 309 Theatre Style
Sarratt 110
Sarratt 114
AV Capabilities:
  • White Board
  • Wi-Fi
  • 335 Sq. Ft.
  • 12 Conference Style
Sarratt 112
AV Capabilities:
  • White Board
  • Wi-Fi
  • LCD Video Projector & Screen
  • Windows
  • 593 Sq. Ft.
  • 50 Banquet Style
  • 20 Classroom Style
  • 22 Conference Style
  • 24 Hollow Square Space Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Sarratt 208
AV Capabilities:
  • LCD Television
  • Conference Phone
  • 12 Conference Style
Sarratt 216
Used in conjunction with Sarratt 220
Sarratt 220
AV Capabilities:
  • LCD video projector and screen
  • Lecturn w/ microphone
  • Conference Phone
Sarratt 325
  • 480 Sq. Ft.
  • 18 Classroom Style
  • 32 Theatre Style
  • 16 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Sarratt 327
AV Capabilities:
  • LCD video projector and screen
Sarratt 325/327
AV Capabilities:
  • LCD video projector and screen
  • 40 Classroom Style
  • 83 Theatre Style
  • 28 Conference Style
  • 28 Hollow Square Space Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Sarratt 331
  • 640 Sq. Ft.
  • 50 Banquet Style
  • 32 Classroom Style
  • 58 Theatre Style
  • 28 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
Sarratt 361
AV Capabilities:
  • LCD Television
  • 443 Sq. Ft.
  • 25 Banquet Style
  • 18 Classroom Style
  • 30 Theatre Style
  • 22 Conference Style
  • Floorplan Layout
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

Food & Beverage Options

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.
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.

Catering options

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. 
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. 
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
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.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 800
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 3,800
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Refrigerator


Lupton Hall
Mixture of Singles and Doubles
  • 318 Beds
Scales Hall
Primarily Doubles
  • 156 Beds
  • 200 Beds
  • 192 Beds
  • 198 Beds
Mixture of Singles and Doubles
  • 198 Beds
Warren & Moore
  • 600+ Beds
Hank Ingram
  • 301 Beds
Primarily Doubles
  • 160 Beds
Primarily Doubles
  • 150 Beds
Primarily Doubles
Primarily Doubles
  • 155 Beds
Primarily Doubles, some Singles
  • 169 Beds
Primarily Doubles
  • 115 Beds
  • 230 Beds
  • 105 Beds
Primarily Doubles
  • 85 Beds
Stapleton Hall
Primarily Doubles, some Singles
  • 156 Beds
  • 119 Beds
Primarily Doubles
  • 100 Beds
All Singles
  • 119 Rooms
  • 119 Beds
All Singles
  • 119 Rooms
  • 119 Beds
Mixture Singles and Doubles
  • 103 Beds
  • 142 Beds
Towers West 4
  • 288 Beds
Towers West 3
  • 288 Beds
Towers East 2
Mixture of Singles and Doubles
  • 288 Beds
Towers East 1
Mixture of Suite style, Singles and Doubles

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • In-House Catering
  • Linens
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


Conferences and Events,
2301 Vanderbilt Place,
Nashville, Tennessee 37235-1677


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Nashville (BNA) - 20 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Nashville Inernational Airport - 20 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Nearby Cities

Knoxville – 150 miles | Memphis – 196 miles | Louisville – 175 miles | Chattanooga – 133 miles | Atlanta – 251

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes


Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN has internet connections in all facilities; state of the art conferencing capabilities; complimentary Wi-Fi; computer labs; campus copy center.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes


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! 


One Stop Shop
Conferences and Events 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