Whether you’re a new student or rediscovering Vanderbilt after some time away, check out these hidden gems that make campus worth exploring.
OUR OWN ARBORETUM
The entire 340-acre Vanderbilt campus is an accredited arboretum with more than 6,000 trees and shrubs representing almost 200 different species.
- Learn all about the arboretum here.
- Pick a series of tree tours to follow with your smartphone.
- Find out what’s blooming on campus this week.
There are more than 50 sculptures displayed across campus. One special collection is called The Garden of Great Ideas, which includes one-of-a-kind bronze sculptures created by student-artists.
- Check out this sculpture map to find them all.
- See images of the sculptures.
- Read descriptions of the sculptures.
ART ON CAMPUS
Fascinating art exhibits can be found in various galleries and exhibition spaces on campus. These exhibits showcase works by famous artists as well as students.
- Visit the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall.
- Find more galleries and exhibit spaces here.
- Take a virtual tour of the Class of 2021 senior art show “inseparable.”
Memorial Gym, which is home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams, is known for its unique design and exciting atmosphere, referred to as “Memorial Magic.” Built in 1952, the gym floor is raised above the ground, and the benches where students and other fans sit are underneath each basket, instead of along the sidelines.
NASHVILLE’S OLDEST VEGETARIAN AND KOSHER RESTAURANT
Nashville’s oldest vegetarian and first certified kosher restaurant, Grins, is on campus inside the Ben Shulman Center for Jewish Life and is part of the university’s meal plan. Grins offers a regular menu and daily chef-inspired specials that will make (most) folks forget about meat.
Because of Nashville’s beautiful weather, some of the best hangout spots are outside. Some favorite spots ranked by students are the Rand decks, Alumni Lawn, Wyatt stairs on Peabody Lawn and Ingram Commons lawn.