10 Great College Towns

on June 1, 2016

Location isn’t everything when it comes to picking a college, but a great location is definitely an added bonus! From charming southern towns to quirky cities – we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite college towns across the country. Take a look!

Athens, GA – Home of the University of Georgia

If you are looking to explore off-campus, the sprawling southern town of Athens has plenty to offer! The vibrant entertainment scene will please both music and sports fans alike, with venues like UGA’s own Stegeman Coliseum and the 40 Watt Club right in town.

Ames, IA – Home of Iowa State University

With the university students making up half of the town’s population, Ames offers a homey small-town feel. You have the opportunity to participate in local events, such the Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market and various art walks and concerts. 

Ann Arbor, MI – Home of the University of Michigan

Ann Arbor is the kind of college town you don’t want to leave once you graduate. With a plethora of outdoor recreation activities, a rich music scene, and close-by neighborhood Kerrytown, you can find something new to do every day in Ann Arbor!

Boulder, CO – Home of the University of Colorado-Boulder

With 300 days of sunshine a year, Boulder is the outdoorsy student’s ideal college town. Once you’ve finished studying, you can spend some time at local outdoor spots, such as Flagstaff Mountain. You can even catch an outdoor venue Red Rocks.

Lawrence, KS – Home of the University of Kansas    

Lawrence is a sport fanatic’s dream. The town lives and breathes basketball, since the Jayhawks’ first coach, James Naismith, literally invented the sport. KU students might even catch a glimpse of famous alumni, such as Paul Rudd, at a basketball game or two.             

South Bend, IN – Home of Notre Dame University

South Bend has a little something for all students attending Notre Dame. You can partake in outdoors activities, such as whitewater rafting in a river that cuts through the middle of downtown. If you’re looking to get involved with the community, try volunteering with one of the university organizations that partners with the town.

Corvallis, OR – Home of Oregon State University

Corvallis has regularly been recognized as one of the safest and most environmentally-friendly cities in the nation, which makes it a great town for college students to explore. With that in mind, the town offers plenty of local happenings to check out, such as the annual da Vinci Days.

Chapel Hill, NC – Home of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

If you consider yourself to be a foodie, Chapel Hill is the perfect place to spend your four years. Farmers, chefs, and diners often come together for culinary events. Lantern is a local favorite you have got to check out!

Ithaca, NY – Home of Ithaca College

Ithaca is a one-of-a-kind town. What other town can say it has its own currency or is home to the term, “Cliffhanger?” If you’re looking to immerse yourself in an offbeat kind of culture, Ithaca is the town for you!

Madison, WI – Home of University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison is a classic college town full of tradition. Students can participate in activities such as Halloween on State Street and sledding down Bascom Hill on cafeteria trays. Alumni continue to participate in Madison traditions long after they graduate, such as enjoying the Memorial Union Terrace.  

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