This week many students moved into the dorms at local universities.
Saturday night the bar district was packed with college students.
Metro police along with Vanderbilt and Belmont officers will be walking though bars side by side looking for underage drinking, excessive drinking and drunk drivers.
It is part of a new effort to reduce the number of assaults and other violent offenses.
Police are instructed to notify the university if they arrest a student. The penalties may range from suspension to expulsion from school.
"Anytime we make an arrest of a local college student, we attempt to notify the University. Vanderbilt and Belmont have told us specifically they want to be notified. Often times the consequences in the school are more severe than what they will experience in the court system," said Lt. David Leavitt from the Metropolitan Police Department.
"I think it is very important that there are those consequences in place because it is a reminder to them why they should not be doing or behaving in a certain way," said Matt Muha, a school employee.
This is the second weekend of the patrols in the bar district.
Police said last school year their efforts reduced theft and auto burglary issues around the bar district. Police said so far they haven't made any arrests.