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The Commodore Card: Your Passport to Nashville

Posted by on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Fun, General Information, Information for Incoming Students, Know Your City, Nashville, Student Life, Vandy Bloggers.

Editor’s note, February 7, 2024: Vanderbilt has discontinued the Passport to Nashville program. While students can still use the Commodore Card to ride the Nashville WeGo bus system, it no longer provides free entry to the local attractions listed in this post. 

One of the first things you’ll get as a Vanderbilt student is a Commodore Card. This is your student ID and it serves many purposes. You need it to swipe into your residence hall, you can use it to gain access to academic buildings after hours, and (maybe most importantly) you use it to pay for your meals at the dining halls! What many people don’t know, though, is that your Commodore Card is also your Passport to Nashville!

Vanderbilt has partnered with Nashville Metro Transit Authority to make public transportation around Nashville free for Vanderbilt students. All you have to do is get on the bus, swipe your Commodore Card, and you can get all around the city!

Vanderbilt’s campus is just a mile and a half from downtown Nashville

Where in the city might you want to go? Maybe one of Nashville’s famous attractions! This is where your Commodore Card comes in handy yet again! By showing your Commodore Card, you can get into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Frist Art Museum, Johnny Cash Museum, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, and Adventure Science Center for free!

Vanderbilt Student Government led the initiative to partner with many Nashville attractions for free entry for Vanderbilt students

A long day of exploring the city might make you hungry, but luckily your Commodore Card has you covered! In addition to using your Commodore Card to redeem your meal plan on campus, you can use your Meal Money (extra money included in your meal plan) at restaurants around the city through our Taste of Nashville program.

There are over 25 restaurants partnered with the Taste of Nashville program

Your Commodore Card is a valuable resource both on and off campus, so keep it safe! There’s always more of Nashville to explore!

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