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Setting Up Your Housing

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.


As you search for a home or apartment to rent, keep in mind that the posted monthly rental price often does not include utilities (gas, water, electric) and may also include other fees (trash pick-up, pet fee, upkeep fee for pool, gym etc.). However, some apartments may include one or more of these, so make sure you ask! If you pay for utilities separate from your apartment, failure to pay could result in termination of your utility services, so don’t forget to pay it on time. Again, read any rental agreement thoroughly to understand utility expectations beforehand.

Here are resources for setting up your utilities:

Nashville Electric Service

Nashville Gas Company

Metro Water Services

Television Service

Nashville has a variety of television providers in the area. Check out this resource here to see which provider is the best for you and your area.

Trash 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.

Homeowners Insurance

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.

Purchasing Furniture

There are a wide variety of local stores and websites that provide home furnishing options. Here is a list of popular options:

Habitat Restore




Salvation Army


Vanderbilt Classifieds

IKEA (Atlanta)

CORT-Furniture Rental