So, you decided to relocate to Nashville – congrats! You may feel overwhelmed at the idea of moving to Music City alone, but rest assured: this community will welcome you with open arms.
To help ensure an easy-breezy move to Nashville, we created a guide packed with just about everything you need to know as you get settled. You’ll discover tips for making personal and professional connections, ideas for fun things to do (solo or with your new friends!), resources to help you seamlessly transition to your new life in Music City, and more.
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Moving to Nashville Alone
Finding Community: How to Meet People in a New City & Discover Local Hangouts
There are tons of fun ways to make friends in Nashville, especially if you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.
First, join the New to Nashville Meetup group to meet other newcomers, and become part of the Hip Nashville Facebook group. These groups will give you the chance to connect virtually with thousands of Nashvillians.
If you enjoy running, consider getting involved with one of the area’s running clubs. The East Nasty Running Club meets every Wednesday at 6 pm at the corner of 12th and Holly, while the Nashville Track Club meets three times a week on the west side of Nashville.
Love playing board games? Check out Game Point, which shares a space with Bongo East Cafe in East Nashville. They provide hundreds of games to choose from, including Connect 4, Jenga, and Monopoly (just to name a few), and there are almost always people in the cafe ready to jump into a game – all you need to do is ask!
Ladies, the Nashville Girl Gang offers ample opportunities to connect with like-minded women from the area. Members attend workshops and special events, meet up for happy hours and workout classes, and so much more.
For those more interested in professional pursuits, try networking with YP Nashville, or join one of the many coworking spaces around Nashville, such as WeWork, Industrious, and InDo Nashville.
How to Get Around
There’s no way to sugarcoat it: The best way to get around Nashville is by car.
However, depending on where you live in the city and the surrounding communities, you may want to take advantage of the WeGo Star (formerly known as the Music City Star), a commuter train that travels a 32-mile route from Lebanon to Downtown Nashville. There are seven WeGo Star Stations in and around Nashville, and the trains operate on weekday mornings and afternoons.
Along with the commuter rail, WeGo Public Transit offers several bus routes that connect to all of Nashville’s major corridors, tourist attractions, and businesses.
Prefer to bike? Nashville BCycle makes it easy. With more than 30 docking stations located across the city, getting started is simple – buy a pass, choose from one of the many electric-assist bikes available, ride, and then return your bike to any station.
Ridesharing via Uber and Lyft are also good options for maneuvering around Music City, along with Music City Taxi, which offers 24-hour taxi service to the Nashville area.
Tons of Neighborhood Activities & Events
Nashville is full of fun things to do, particularly if you enjoy live music – after all, this is Music City!
Live on the Green is one of the city’s most popular music events, taking place downtown and free for all to attend. The concert series features top musicians from across the nation, plus an array of food and drink vendors.
If you like country music, you’ll definitely want to check out CMA Fest. Formerly known as Fan Fair ®, the four-day CMA Fest brings anywhere from 200,000 to 300,000 people to Downtown Nashville for non-stop music and fun.
And that’s not all. Nashville’s Lower Broadway district is home to the Honky Tonk Highway, where you’ll find live music daily, and in the Green Hills neighborhood, the iconic Bluebird Cafe draws in music fans with intimate concerts throughout the year.
Nashville has plenty to offer when it comes to sports, too. For example, the Tennessee Titans football team plays at Nissan Stadium, while the Nashville Predators hockey team takes the ice at Bridgestone Arena.
Music City also lays claim to the Nashville Sounds baseball team that plays at First Horizon Park in Germantown, along with the Nashville Soccer Club that takes the field at Wedgewood-Houston’s GEODIS Park, the largest soccer-specific stadium in the U.S. and Canada.
Spectacular Views of the City
For one of the best views of the Nashville skyline, visit Love Circle, a small park in the Hillsboro West End neighborhood, ideal for catching the sunset and enjoying time with a special someone.
Other great places to enjoy views of Music City include Riverfront Park in Downtown Nashville, which is located on the bank of the Cumberland River, and the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge (formerly known as the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge) that connects East Nashville to the downtown district.
Plus, don’t forget about the gorgeous views from Nashville’s many rooftop bars and dining spots, such as Up! Rooftop Lounge, Zeppelin, and Acme Feed & Seed. You can even visit Nashville’s Best Rooftop Restaurant for some Dolly Parton-themed fun.
Top Resources for Moving to Nashville Alone
As you get settled in, you’ll likely need to set up trash and recycling, register your vehicle, and register to vote. Head to Nashville.gov to get started.
To learn more about your new home, check out LiveIt Nashville (and consider downloading the guidebook). You’ll get a peek into what makes Music City so unique and discover dozens of destinations, both in and outside the city, to explore.
Visit the Nashville Reddit page to get casual insight from locals and learn lesser-known tidbits about Nashville. You can ask questions, stay up to date on local news and events, and get a closer look at what Music City is all about.
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Jessica is a Nashville-based freelance writer and yoga teacher who also dabbles in CrossFit and running (slowly). When she's not writing or working up a sweat, she can be found with her two cats, Shooby and Minju, or exploring the ever-growing city she calls home.