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Campus Neighborhoods

Distinct campus neighborhoods are referenced throughout the FutureVU website and documents. Historic master plans of campus reveal that campus grew as parcels of land were acquired, creating the development of distinct clusters or neighborhoods of buildings that are often different in architectural style, landscape and character. While the neighborhoods that make up the campus are all integral parts of the Vanderbilt community, the current FutureVU efforts are grounded in enhancing connectivity and creating interaction, and seek to bring a cohesiveness to the campus that does not exist today.

Current campus neighborhoods are defined as follows:

  • Historic Core Neighborhood (Historic Core)
  • West End Neighborhood (West End)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Village Neighborhood (Graduate Village)
  • Central Neighborhood (Central)
  • Highland Neighborhood (Highland)
  • Athletics Neighborhood (Athletics)
  • Triangle Neighborhood (Triangle)
  • Peabody Neighborhood (Peabody)


Historic Core

Encompasses the oldest and original part of the campus. A verdant park-like setting with many mature trees, academic and residential buildings, and a deep historical significance to the university.

Historic Core Existing

West End

Encompasses the area that currently houses Carmichael Towers, Greek Row and West Side Row. A true street grid and eclectic residential neighborhood that contains student organization buildings and various residential buildings, separated by a typical residential landscape of streets, sidewalks and lawns.

West End Existing


Encompasses the area that currently includes Branscomb Quad, Student Life Center, E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, Engineering & Science Building, and the Central Plant. Located at the geographic center of the campus, contains a diverse collection of academic, residential and central plant buildings.

Central Existing


Encompasses the area that currently includes the Highland quad, 25th Avenue Garage, West Garage and Blair School of Music. An area isolated from other parts of the campus by two large parking structures, and adjacent to the Nashville VA Hospital and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Highland Existing


Encompasses the Peabody campus, as well as the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. Classical revival in architectural style, with a formal spatial organization and mature trees. Lacks physical and perceptual connection to the main campus.

Peabody Existing

Graduate Village

Encompasses the area that currently includes the Baker Building, Terrace Place Garage, and additional parking lots near 21st Avenue and Broadway. 

Graduate Existing


Encompasses the area that includes lots 73, 73A, 73B, 74, 75, 75A and Vanderbilt Public Safety buildings. 

Triangle Existing


Encompasses many of the athletic facilities including Vanderbilt stadium, Charles Hawkins field, McGugin Center, Memorial Gym, Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center, among others.

Athletics Existing

Medical Center

This very densely built area was legally separated from the university in 2016.