A lot goes into the making of a great college town. It can be the
scenery, a fun community, a big sports culture—or all of those, in some
cases. Here are 10 great college towns across the country.
This small town in Western Massachusetts is home to three
schools, including the main campus of the University of Massachusetts,
and is just around the corner from two more. That makes for an
interesting mix of people and great dining options.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Fall is a big season for the University of Michigan Wolverines,
whose football program has historically been one of the best in the
nation and a big local draw. It only helps that Ann Arbor is walkable
and easy on the eyes.
The city is built around the University of Georgia, where the
Bulldogs reign supreme. But football and tailgating aren’t all that
Athens offers. There’s also great art and music: Both R.E.M. and the
B-52s started in Athens and performed at venues like the 40 Watt Club.
Sure, it’s the fourth-largest city in Texas and the state’s
capital, but Austin, the hometown of the University of Texas, has a
small-town feel to it. Austin is as green as it gets, and Travel and Leisure magazine said it has some of the best people in the country.
University of California’s main campus is in this Bay Area town, a
place that has almost become synonymous with the phrase “college town.”
Berkeley features tons of art, film, music, and political activity, and
it’s just a short drive across the bay to San Francisco.