Setting Up A House
Once you find a place to live, you may need to contact some of the service providers below to turn on or install their services. If renting, you may ask your landlord about certain utilities.
Nashville Electric Service (electricity)
Call to have the electricity in your home or apartment turned on. Typically you will have to pay a deposit to start electric services.
Nashville Gas Company (gas)
Only if appliances in your home use gas to operate (stove, furnace, etc.) you will need to have the gas line opened to your home or apartment. Ask your landlord if you are unsure whether your utilities use gas or electric power.
Metro Water Services (water)
Contact to have the water lines to your home or apartment opened. Typically you will have to pay a deposit to start service.
Local (free) television includes four basic channels. The United States no longer broadcasts analogue television. If you desire to use only these basic channels, you will need a digital converter box. Find more information at http://www.dtv.gov/consumercorner.html. If you would like more options for television viewing, you will have to order cable or purchase a satellite system. The following is a list of television providers.
Comcast Cable TV Service
Dish Network Satellite TV Service
Direct TV Satellite TV Service
If you would like a phone line (land line) in your house, you will have to order the service. Most of the companies listed below will require a deposit before supplying service. You will also need a long-distance phone carrier to make long-distance calls from home. Some people choose to use both a land line and a cellular phone.
Special Student Plans & Discounts on Cellular Providers:
• Sprint Communications has a special plan for Vanderbilt students (using this plan helps many international students avoid the issue of needing a social security number to open an account). Please visit http://its.vanderbilt.edu/cellphone/sprint/student_plan.php.
• For a list of all cellular providers who offer Vanderbilt discounts, visit http://its.vanderbilt.edu/cellphone/.
Listed below are local, long-distance & cellular phone carriers who provide services in Nashville.
Local Store: 4117 Hillsboro Rd: 615-386-2113
Vonage (cable telephone service)
Some houses outside of the metropolitan area require private trash pick-up at an additional cost. When renting/purchasing your place, be sure to inquire about trash services. Davidson County issues curbside pickup trash and recycling bins for free to most residences.
If you’re planning to own a home, it may be necessary to purchase homeowners insurance. Click here for a guide to some of the best homeowners insurance.