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Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Nashville, home to a diverse population of 1.6 million and marked by its unique blend of cosmopolitan flair and small town appeal. Nashville is an important political, cultural and commercial hub in the South, and is often referred to as Music City because of its rich musical history and the fact that it plays hosts to thousands of concerts each year in every conceivable genre. Aside from music, the city's major industries include publishing, technology, higher education, finance, auto production, and health care management. Nashville is also home to a booming and increasingly renowned food scene, one which relies heavily on sustainable practices and local farmers.

Occupying approximately 533 square miles, Nashville sits at the intersection of three major interstates and the international airport is served by all major airlines, making it easily accessible from most global destinations. 81 parks and recreation areas and over 30,000 acres of lakes lend the area a striking natural beauty, which residents are able to enjoy year-round thanks to a climate that offers the best of each season. 

Come see why The New York Times recently referred to Nashville as "America's next it city."

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Check out our map of lunch choices near Vanderbilt while you're visiting campus.

Nashville Originals is a group of local restaurateurs, dedicated to the challenge of sustaining the independent restaurant as a feature of local culture and community.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau maintains a database of Nashville-area restaurants. Searches of the database can be done based on area of town, cuisine, and price range.