Student Recreation Center

This extensive facility contains the following: racquetball courts, squash courts, basketball courts, an indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tracks, a rock-climbing wall, a weight room, an aerobics room, a mat room, an outdoor sand volleyball court, and a lounge.

The cost is included in your student activity tuition fee for students. Vanderbilt student Spouses and Domestic Partners can obtain a membership for $154 per semester. Guests may join you at the gym for a limit of 20 times per semester for $10/day. However, you must be present with your Vandy ID or else your visitor will not be allowed inside.

At the front desk and the equipment desk, there are flyers about schedules, rafting, camping, and caving trips. The Outdoor Recreation Center offers camping equipment at reasonable prices.

All club sports and intramurals, including football, basketball, volleyball, softball, waterpolo, and more are offered through the rec center, as well as aerobics and fitness classes.

You can also rent a locker and get a free towel every day for about $50/yr. Or you can use the small lockers outside the locker rooms essentially for free (you have to put in a quarter to open these lockers, but your quarter will be returned to you when you leave).

Kim Dayani Human Performance Center

The Dayani Center is a “medically based fitness facility.” Unfortunately, the medical school does not provide free membership to students.


There are three very nice tracks on campus. Many people jog in their neighborhood or local parks. Talk to the many runners in the second-year class about where to run and also about marathons and races that take place during the year.

However, don’t forget that Nashville is a major metropolitan area with its share of crime. Use good judgment about where and when to run.

It is also worth noting that Dean Rodgers hosts a weekly running club starting from his house that runs a three or four mile loop around his neighborhood. More details to come when you begin your first year!

Tennis Courts

Five indoor tennis courts are available by reservation (322-6068 or online: $10 for students). Nine lit outdoor courts located right next to the indoor tennis center are available at no charge without reservations. Make sure you wear tennis shoes!

Three tennis courts are available at Fannie May Dees Park (Dragon Park), at the intersection of 24th and Blakemore.