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Commons Center


The Commons Center is the hub of The Commons. The building includes a main dining hall, private dining rooms for small faculty-student groups, community space for student programs and activities, an academic support center, a campus market and cafe, group study spaces, exercise space, a mail center, and offices for the Dean of the Commons and staff.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has certified that The Commons Center meets a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.

230 Appleton Place*
Nashville, TN 37203

*NOTE: While this is the physical address of the Commons Center, it frequently directs visitors to the Edgehill Daycare which is behind the Commons Center.  To get closer to the main entrance, navigate to 1820 DeFord Bailey Avenue or the corner of 18th Avenue South and DeFord Bailey Avenue.  For a visual aid, type Commons Center in the search bar of our online campus map here:

Fireside Lounge


Common Grounds

Common Grounds coffee shop in The Commons Center offers grab-n-go meals, beverages, and sundries. The coffee shop places a particular emphasis on using biodegradable/compostable products.





Dining Gallery

The state-of-the-art dining facility at The Commons Center includes a salad bar with sizzle station, Chef’s Table, specialty pizza oven, deli, wok, grill, and vegetarian/vegan food.





Exercise Room

The exercise room in the Commons Center is located on the 2nd floor and includes both cardiovascular and weight training equipment.




Post Office

The Commons Center satellite branch handles incoming and outgoing mail, campus mail, metered mail, and packages for Vanderbilt offices.  This location also offers: stamp sales, express mail, certified mail, registered mail, insured mail, parcel post, international mail, global priority, after-hours drop boxes, and transferred package pick-up from Station B for residents of The Commons. The package and service window is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday (no Saturday service).

Additional VU Mail Services information is available here.


Contact Information
Phone (615) 322-8123
Fax (615) 322-1342

Multipurpose Room

Conference Room 233


Office of the Dean of The Commons

The second-floor suite houses the Dean of The Commons office, and the offices of the staff supporting The Commons Experience. Please visit the Commons website for more information.


Located on the second floor, the College of Arts and Science’s Pre-major Academic Advising Resources office (CASPAR) is prepared and eager to provide advice, support, and perspective to all pre-major students in the College of Arts and Science as students make the transition from high school to Vanderbilt and then select a major.

Contact Information

Vanderbilt University
230 Appleton Place
225 Commons
Nashville, TN 37235

Telephone: 615-343-0071


Academic Support Services

Suite 217 houses the Writing Studio and the Center for Studio Professional Development weekly during the school year. For information on their services and specific office hours, visit their websites below:
The Writing Studio:
Center for Student Professional Development:

Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is located on the 3rd floor of the Commons Center and is home to many research centers and programs, including the center for Study of Democratic Institutions, the Global Feminisms Collaborative, the Latin American Public Opinion Project, and the Research on Individuals, Politics & Society Lab.

Contact Information

Department of Political Science
Vanderbilt University
230 Appleton Place
355 Commons
Nashville, TN 37235

Telephone: 615-322-6222
Fax: 615-343-6003