Getting Settled

Nashville is an incredible place to live, work and study.

If you are a graduate of Vanderbilt, a community of 17,000 alumni are waiting to welcome you to the area. For more information, turn to the Vanderbilt Alumni Association.

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce relocation site provides information for everything from how to contact the electric and water companies to how to register your vehicle to how to obtain your library card.

Area Schools and Child Care

Vanderbilt Child Care Center services provide on-campus child care for children aged six weeks to 5 years. For more information, including monthly tuition rates, application procedures, and wait-list policies, please visit the Vanderbilt Child Care Center website.

Information about Tennessee's licensed child care providers is available from the Tennessee Star Quality Program.

Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County Public Schools Web site features information about the school system and includes profiles of all schools.

Links to the region's city and county public school systems are available from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Information about the city’s private schools is available from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Information about homeschooling in Tennessee is available at this comprehensive and independent clearinghouse.

Lifelong Learning at Vanderbilt features the numerous continuing education programs available at Vanderbilt University.

Alignment Nashville is a non-profit agency that works to create a system to bring community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support to Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and District priorities has a positive impact on student achievement and public school success.

Learn about the Nashville area's community colleges, vocational/technical schools, and 21 four-year colleges and universities.

Neighborhood Guide

A neighborhood guide with links to local neighborhood association Web sites is available at

This link ranks neighborhoods by crime rates/housing values:

AutNo is the first apartment search engine designed for commuters and people without cars. It is perfect for students and individuals looking to live off campus, but lacking a car. Finding the right apartment can be difficult when you rely on public transportation. AutNo makes it easy by integrating routes and schedules from thousands of subway, bus, and rail lines.

You can view our site at: - just type in your location(city, school or address)


The staff and faculty in the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training would like to help make your move to Nashville as stress-free as possible.

If you have already found a place to hang your hat, that's great. If not, although we do not provide a housing service, we will gladly provide you with general suggestions to assist you in your relocation.

If you are interested in renting an apartment, a couple of good places to start your on-line search are: Just Rent to Own, Apartment List, Cheap Apartments, Apartment Finder, MyApartmentMap, and Pad Mapper.  For houses you may want to use Housing List Trulia advertises both houses and apartments.

You can also access the Tennessean's classified section via the internet at: . Along with apartment information, the Tennessean, Nashville's local newspaper, has listings for condominiums and homes for rent/sale and other classified advertisements that may be of interest to a new resident.

If you would like to know what a property is worth and whether to buy or rent once it's been found on padmapper or any other website, you can enter the address here:

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