a current student here
Vanderbilt students love complaining about the ridiculous price of our education, but honestly, we get a lot for our money. The food is pretty good, housing is tolerable, the student rec center is awesome and newly-expanded, and admission to all home sports games is free. We have our own police department that patrols campus, and the Vandy Vans that will give you a ride around campus between 5 PM and 5 AM. On top of all that, the city of Nashville is a ton of fun and just the right size. Most importantly though, you are not only paying for a great experience, but ultimately you are paying for job security- a Vanderbilt degree means something to prospective employers.