Life in Tennessee, USA

What is it like living in the USA?

Your studies might be the number one reason you choose to come to the USA, but student life is about more than classes. The USA offers a huge variety in activities and lifestyles and is a melting pot for cultures from all around the world. As an international student, you'll likely find something that reminds you of home in a large city like Nashville.

By being part of a multicultural community you will learn about others and find new perspectives, as well as make friends with people you may have never met.


The capital of Tennessee is famous for music; it has been a major part of the country and blues music industries for many decades, and this is evident in the many performance venues across the city. Nashville also has a large ‘cafe-culture’, meaning it has a relaxed feeling where you can spend time ‘people-watching’ and soaking up the atmosphere that comes from being in a cultural hub.

The local area

Nashville is situated in the center of the state, and only 2 hours from Memphis, and the famous landmark of Elvis Presley’s ‘Graceland’. Tennessee is also home to Dolly Parton and her famous ‘Dollywood’ amusement park is in the far East of the state.

Tennessee is part of the South of the United States. It is bordered by eight other states and only 100 miles across from north to south, so it’s relatively quick to travel to surrounding areas. The landscape within Tennessee ranges from mountains to farmland, cities to riverside villages.


The nearest airport is Nashville International Airport, which is only a 20-minute drive away. From there you can travel to elsewhere in the USA, or internationally. You can also catch a Greyhound coach to many other cities, a classic American experience.

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Travel & Leisure

Nashville #8

Best-Performing City in the U.S.

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Nashville rocks

A group of students stand in front of street art mural in Nashville

Tennessee's state capital is full of culture and has a laid-back atmosphere.

Life on campus

Lipscomb students celebrate at a sports event

Get involved with a thriving campus and community life.