Interdisciplinary PhD in Molecular Biosciences

About Murfreesboro

Stones River BattlegroundMurfreesboro is a growing city of just over 100,000 people located 30 miles southeast of Nashville. It offers a nice quality of life in a vibrant community, leading Rolling Stone magazine in 2005 to declare Murfreesboro "a surprisingly hip town."

We are in the heart of Rutherford County, which is also on the rise. Rutherford is the fastest growing county in the state, and its booming economy ranked #1 nationally in 2005. With this tremendous growth comes a healthy business environment.

A variety of affordable housing is available close to campus. Many apartment complexes and townhouses offer move-in specials, so be sure to shop around for a good deal. You may want to ask for recommendations from current students who have lived in the area for a while.

One of the good things about living here is that you are only minutes away from anything you might need. Murfreesboro has two very nice malls: the Stones River Mall and the newly opened Avenue. The city also has lots of grocery store, several major department stores, two multiplex movie theaters, and tons of restaurants. If you don't care for chain stores, no problem, because Murfreesboro is also home to many specialty shops and locally owned restaurants.

Nashville Waterfront

If you want more shopping or the feel of a larger city, never fear, Nashville, Tennessee's State Capitol, is only 30 miles away. There you will find even more shopping and restaurants, and many places to go out and have a good time. You can also go see a professional football or hockey game, as Nashville is home to the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators. You can also attend theater events at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, listen to the Nashville Symphony, visit a replica of the Parthenon, or go ice skating at the Centennial Sportsplex. Click here to see what's going on in Nashville or you can click here to peruse various links to activities in Music City!

If you are more of the outdoors type, Murfreesboro has the Stones River Greenway System, which is a ten-mile paved trail along the river through the heart of the city. You can walk, run, rollerblade, or cycle down the trail. You may also learn a little bit about the history of the area. Part of the trail goes through the Stones River National Battlefield, where a historic Civil War battle took place. A walking tour through the battlefield is also available. There are many other parks in the area as well, such as Cedars of Lebanon, Rock Island, and Fall Creek Falls. You can also check out the Bicentennial Capitol Mall, located in Nashville near the capitol. This park was built for the state's bicentennial celebration several years ago and is a beautiful place to visit.

If the weather is bad and you don't want to make the trip to the Greenway, or if you don't feel like driving to Nashville, students can enjoy the new state-of-the-art recreation center on campus. The recreation center has an indoor track for walking/running, racquetball courts, basketball courts, a rock-climbing wall, weight room, gym equipment, and swimming pool.

With all the great things here, Murfreesboro has even gotten some national recognition. Murfreesboro is truly a beautiful, historic city in which to live.