Welcome to Music City: What to do in your first week in Nashville

Calling college co-eds — this easy guide with places to eat, shop, explore, and learn will help you feel like a local in your new town.

McWhorter Hall on Belmont's Campus in the spring.

The local universities aren’t the only things that make Nashville fun.

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It’s officially college move-in season, and we want to say “Welcome to Music City” to our new arrivals at Belmont, Vanderbilt, Fisk, Lipscomb, TSU, Trevecca (and more) — plus, anyone else starting a new chapter in Nashville. Whether you grew up far away or already call the city home, we are so excited you’re here.

Moving and starting school is a lot of change, but don’t worry. For all of you starting your first year of higher education, we put together an ultimate City Guide to help you out your first few weeks. Soon, you’ll be navigating Nashville like a pro.

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We don’t know about you, but we think trying to unpack and cook is a no-go. Fuel up for any meal:


Time to stock up. Find fresh food for your pantry and unique, discounted home goods for your new apartment or dorm:


Your world doesn’t have to stop at the edge of campus — get out and about with these:


Get acquainted with your new city. Learn about local arts and culture:

Students — we hope your next few years are wonderful + you come to love Nashville as much as we do. Faithful readers — help us welcome the new arrivals by sharing this article with a friend.

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