Southwest of downtown Nashville, you can find Vanderbilt and Hillsboro Village, one of the top universities in the nation and one of Nashville’s most popular neighborhoods. Watch our Local’s Guide to Vanderbilt & Hillsboro Village video to take a look at these wonderful neighborhoods!

Nashville is home to many prominent college campuses, but none more so than Vanderbilt University. The area surrounding the campus hums with activity both from the coeds that chose the area for school and from locals who have called the area home for decades.

Vanderbilt University attracts students from around the world for its array of programs, with science, engineering, and law being the most sought after. The 330-acre campus feels like an Ivy League school from the northeast, and with over 190 tree and shrub species, serves as an arboretum.

Visit during nearly any time of year and you’ll find Vandy fans enjoying a game. The SEC school has a team for nearly every sport, and fans particularly love rooting them on in basketball, baseball, and football. Just across the street, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of the top hospitals in the region and employs nearly 20,000 people.

South of Vanderbilt, Hillsboro Village is another thriving neighborhood with great walkability. Here you’ll find lots of amazing dining options, including locally renowned Pancake Pantry, which usually has a line out the door, and the Grilled Cheeserie, a popular Nashville food truck, which opened a first of its kind Melt Shop in Hillsboro Village.

The area also has funky shops for perusing, or wander to the Belcourt Theatre, a restored movie theater that shows both new and independent films.

You’ll find an eclectic mix of residents including college students, young professionals, musicians, and families. Winding through area streets you’ll find beautifully maintained cottages and Tudor style homes. If you’re looking for low-maintenance urban living, there are plenty of townhomes and condominiums to choose from. Come take a stroll along the beautiful streets that wind through Vanderbilt and Hillsboro Village and see if it’s a place you’d like to call home as well.


Take one look at the line that wraps around the building each morning and you’ll get an idea of how integral the Pancake Pantry is to the culture of Nashville! Since 1961, they have been serving scratch-made pancakes and much more to visitors and locals alike in the Hillsboro Village neighborhood.

The Grilled Cheeserie is Nashville’s favorite food truck, and now a shop! They serve up gourmet grilled cheese melts and nostalgic treats featuring seasonally inspired, responsibly sourced products. Take a visit and sink your teeth into some cheesy goodness!


Get your friends and family together to go out and support one of the many Vandy sports teams! The football, basketball, and baseball teams are some of the most popular teams in the area. Check out the online schedule for upcoming games and events!

The Belcourt Theatre is a unique Nashville treasure with a vibrant historic past and deep roots in the community. Today, the Belcourt is a nonprofit dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic cinema. The Belcourt also provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film.


  • Public Schools

Residents have the option of sending their children to any of the Metro Nashville Public Schools. Enjoy quality education close to home!

  • Private Schools

Residents of this area are central to many private education options! Among the many nearby, University School of Nashville and St. Bernard Academy!

See More in Our Local’s Guide Series!

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