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Housing and Transportation

Where do VDS students live?

The housing options available to VDS students are just as diverse as the students themselves! Students live in houses, apartment complexes, and intentional communities throughout the Nashville Metropolitan area. 

After committing to VDS, incoming students will receive access to the Back2Grad portal, which contains a housing database and roommate search feature. 

For more information about living costs, see the Estimated Cost of Attendance 2019-2020

Hear more from two students by downloading this webinar on Living in Nashville.

Get to Know Nashville

Nashville is made up of several neighborhoods, each with their own distinct personality! Understanding the different areas of Nashville is a great first step in your housing search. 

Nashville Guru features a guide to moving to Nashville and individual neighborhood guides, as well as the handy neighborhood map below.

Nashville Neighborhood Map


The video below was produced by Visit Music City and offers an overview of Nashville's neighborhoods. Their website offers additional information about activities and attractions in Nashville. 


Intentional Communities and Reduced Cost Housing

Disciples Divinity House    

The Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt is a partner with Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It is a scholarship foundation and a home for Disciples at the Divinity School at Vanderbilt. Open to all students by application; priority given to Disciples of Christ students. 

Divinity Friendship House

In a Friendship House (FH), graduate students live with persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (Friends) in affordable housing. Open to all students by application. 

Vanderbilt Graduate RA Program (For 2nd and 3rd year students)

FutureVU: Vanderbilt Announces Plans for Graduate Housing


 Vanderbilt students use a variety of methods of transportation to get to campus and around town. 

On campus parking is available through Vanderbilt Parking Services for a yearly fee with online registration.  The Divinity School is located in Zone 2Additional parking options near campus include hourly lots and metered street parking. Ride share services Lyft and Uber are widely available. 

Vanderbilt students can ride Nashville MTA public transportation for free with their Commodore Card! There are WeGo bus stops at various spots around campus. 

Many students choose to walk or bike around town. The Groove map is a great resource about bike-friendly neighborhoods across the city. Short term bike rentals are available throughout Nashville through B-Cycle