How to find grad school housing

We provide two different resources for incoming students to find housing. The first is our “off campus referral service”, which includes a roommate search tool  and the second is a Google map with where current students live. We hope that students find this helpful but our students use many resources! Read below to find what was most helpful.

What resources did you use to find your grad school housing?

The potential roommate listing. Craigslist. Nashville guides for neighborhood descriptions.
-Rose Follis

I used websites, such as Apartments.com and Zillow to find apartments/houses that were in the desired area and price range.
-Andy Perreault

I moved into a sublet for 2 months (that I found on Craigslist) so that I could figure out the city and decide on where I wanted to live. This was a great decision!
-Leslie Roteta

I flew out to Nashville in early June to look for housing. We used Zillow, HotPads and Craigslist.
-Erin Breland

I purchased a condo… a real estate agent
-Sierra Palumbos

I met two girls on my interview weekend that I ended up rooming with. We came here for a weekend and found a place.
-Christian Marks

I visited in May before starting the program and drove around nearby neighborhoods for most of the weekend. It was surprising how many apartments were just advertised through a sign in the front yard.
-Teddy van Opstal

My favorite off-but-near-campus venue

Have you had a long week at the bench and need a great lunch or dinner break? You don’t have to go far off of campus to “get away”! Check out some of our faculty and student’s favorite spots that you can walk to from campus.

What is your favorite just-off-campus venue and why?

Taco Mamacita- it has the weirdest but tastiest tacos. TGI Friday’s or Chili’s- both are really tasty and you can get deals. Great margaritas at Chili’s. San Antonio Texas Co. (SATCo)- great place for lunch or dinner, and really cheap. Mellow Mushroom- really good pizzas and fun trivia on Monday nights.
-Lorena Infante

I like Mcdoogles because its fast and low key. The food is fantastic!
-Chris Hofmann

Kay Bobs. Great food and craft draft beers (2 for 1 on Saturday!)
-Gabrielle Rushing

21st Avenue S has a cute little cafe that’s about a 10 min walk south of campus. It’s called Provence Breads & Cafe. They sell pretty little desserts that are a nice treat for you or a friend.
-Cara Schornak

Sportsman’s our Friday night happy-hour go to.
-Christian Marks

Hattie B’s – its some of the best hot chicken in Nashville and there;s nothing better than some hot chicken and a beer after a long week.
-Monika Murphy

I love Kay-bobs. They have 2 for 1 on Tuesdays and Saturdays and the food is so good. It’s a great place for happy hour to meet up with friends.
-Lisa Poole

Winners for drinks and karaoke on Friday and Saturday, Blue Bar for dancing, and Hattie B’s for guilty pleasure chicken on 19th.
-Wyatt McDonnell

Fido. It has incredible cuisine ranging from diner classics to truly gourmet specials, in addition to amazing coffee and a respectable beer selection- there’s definitely something for everyone.
-Claire Strothman

the Dog House – Italian Beef sandwich reminds me of Chicago
-Dr. Bill Valentine

Taziki’s is a nice Greek restaurant close to campus.
-Dr. Tim Cover

O’sake Japanese Restaurant Elliston Pl Nashville, TN 37203   The people are very nice and their Sushi is great
-Dr. Christine Konradi

Bricktops-Classy with good food; and Patterson House-feels like you are in another place in time
-Dr. Michelle Grundy

Jacksons for the burgers & Go-Go sushi because I am a sushi addict.
-Dr. Maria Hadjifrangiskou

Local Nashville attractions you can’t miss

If you’ve been to Nashville, you’ve probably visited the Parthenon or a honkey-tonk bar, but you haven’t seen all that Nashville has to offer! Make sure you get to visit some of our faculty and student’s favorite Nashville locals.

What is your single favorite, but unique, attraction here and why?

The Warner parks, because they are great for calming walks.
-Rose Follis

Percy Warner Park/ Cheekwood Botanical Gardens (same area of town). The gardens are beautiful and the park is huge and great for exercise.
-Gabrielle Rushing

I like that Nashville is not that far away from some really interesting state and national parks. I love camping and canoeing, so I’m excited to explore some of the multiple parks that are only an hour from Nashville. You can definitely afford a day trip to a peaceful scenic park even though you’re a busy grad student. Additionally, Nashville is only about 3.5 hours from the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
-Cara Schornak

Going to the Predators and Sounds games is pretty affordable and always a lot of fun!
-Christian Marks

Radnor Lake- it is so close to the city but so peaceful and beautiful- and good for a quick hike
-Monika Murphy

I really like the drive-in movie theater in Watertown (about 45 minutes outside Nashville). It brings back childhood memories and its 2 movies for $7 a person!
-Lisa Poole

12 South neighborhood and Sevier park. I like the area because they have nice shops and restaurants and it’s just pleasant to walk around on a nice day. Sevier park is also very pretty and you can buy a popsicle to eat as you walk through it.
-Teddy van Opstal

The Hermitage Cafe – classic 1960s pricing on 24/7/late night diner food. A classic dive/hole in the wall, and well worth every trip.
-Wyatt McDonnell

The Ryman. It’s a beautiful historic building, and the concerts held there are incredible.
-Claire Strothman

Franklin Theatre it’s a great place for music and movies
-Dr. Bill Valentine

Acme Feed and Seed. Can often catch really good music, inexpensive and good food in a historically interesting building.
-Dr. Todd Graham

Bicentennial Mall and Farmer’s Market because of the great historical aspects, the beautiful view of the capitol, and the great food!
-Dr. Maureen Gannon

This is my favorite thing about Nashville

There are countless things to do in Nashville, but everyone has their own unique interest. Learn about our faculty and student’s favorite thing about Nashville!

What is your favorite thing about living in Nashville and why?

The greenery and parks outside of the city – it’s beautiful. Also, I love playing golf!
-Corey Hayford

There is always something to do on the weekends. Examples: Hockey games, brunches at local restaurants, farmer’s markets, craft fairs, beer festivals, craft breweries.
-Gabrielle Rushing

My favorite thing about living in Nashville is the food! Nashville has delicious barbecue, Southern food, and a huge farmers’ market in Germantown that has the best produce!
-Jacob Ruden

Nashville has a lot of energy as a city! It seems like there’s always some kind of concert, festival, or free event going on. Also, Nashville may be an urban area, but it still feels casual and welcoming. The biggest surprise I had after moving here was discovering that there’s a fantastic ballroom dance studio only about 10 minutes from the campus area. I’m just getting started with ballroom, but I’m really looking forward to engaging more with the ballroom community here.
-Cara Schornak

I rock climb. I love that we are pretty close to some amazing rock features. The ability to get out into nature is something that has kept me really happy in Nashville. If you aren’t into climbing there are also a lot of beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls around the area.
-Christian Marks

I like the festivals in Centennial park because it’s walkable for me and they’re very well organized. I also like going to the small concerts Nashville puts on in their parks (i.e. jazz at the Cumberland, musicians corner, etc). These venues are small, but very nice to go to and unwind on the weekend.
-Teddy van Opstal

There’s so much music, everywhere! It’s cheap, diverse (really something for everyone), and you can see a different group every night.
-Wyatt McDonnell

I love to stay active with outdoor activities such as hiking and running. For such a big city, you really don’t have to venture too far away to find some really nice trails and scenery.
-Jessica Tumolo

Music, greenways, and Natchez trace for cycling. Outdoor activity in general because of the weather
-Dr. Bill Valentine

Great symphony orchestra here in Nashville
-Dr. Tim Cover

Greenways, blueways (kayaking) and hiking trails in Warner parks. Nice public golf courses.
-Dr. Todd Graham

FOOD! I am a big foodie and I love that Chefs like Jonathan Waxman have restaurants here. Yummy! MUSIC, of course! And not just country. I hate country but love the music scene here.   Great Trails for runners. I do that too!
-Dr. Maria Hadjifrangiskou

Anything artsy…dance, music, live theater, the Frist
-Dr. Maureen Gannon