Living in a college town has many benefits, and not exclusively for students. Apartment living in the right neighborhood can put you in the center of the action with access to education, culture, nightlife and lots of new friends.
Those living in student apartments can take advantage of perks like extra space to share with roommates, on-site pools, and places to stay over holiday and summer breaks. Non-matriculating apartment dwellers will enjoy the eclectic activities and vibrant energy that come with a thriving college scene.
Apartment home living in a college town is a win-win for everyone, so study some picks for top college towns as reported by MSNBC.com, and learn where you might want to move.
This college town rocks. Austin, TX, is famous for its indie music scene and the SXSW music and film festivals. With over 700,000 friendly folk living there, you are bound to find something going on day or night. Whether you are decked out in orange for a University of Texas football game or sporting your swimsuit for a dip in Barton Springs, there are tons of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy in Austin.
The University of California at Berkeley was known for its radical politics and idealism back in the 1960s. Now, you’ll find a hip town with remnants of its hippie spirit. Independent bookstores and tie-dye clothing vendors mingle with upscale boutiques and organic eateries. And Berkeley, CA, is located only 10 miles from San Francisco.
Nestled in the Georgia countryside, Athens, GA, is home to emerging musicians, Southern home cooking, and the University of Georgia. If you like bulldogs and pigskin, you will love this town and their fanatical football fans. This Southern city boasts great historic sites and a nightlife that can’t be beat.
The University of Kansas is a mid-western treasure situated in the gorgeous riverfront town of Lawrence, KS. Jayhawks abound, as do museums, galleries and boutiques. This cultured pearl of the heartland has plenty of outdoor appeal, too. A quick trip to Clinton Lake makes for a perfect afternoon of swimming, boating, hiking and fishing. Top off the evening with a basketball game and you’ll feel right at home.
Gainesville, FL, packs a double barrel of fun with top-ranked college football and basketball in the home of the University of Florida Gators. If you aren’t a sports fan, don’t worry. You’ll find plenty of outdoor adventure at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park and the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.
For an Ivy League experience, head to the hometown of Princeton University. Stroll down Nassau Street and check out the Historical Society of Princeton for background on the town’s history. Look for an apartment amongst Princeton, NJ’s ivy-covered gothic buildings and towering shade trees. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll find yourself in walking distance of the famous PJ’s Pancake House for a great breakfast.
Winter weather fans will fall in love with Madison, WI. This charming town and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are both perched on beautiful Lake Mendota — the ideal setting for every water sport imaginable from swimming to ice-skating. It’s also a great spot for football fans to snap up a season ticket for one of the 80,300 seats in Camp Randall Stadium. This is a town worth cheering about.
Boston, MA, is the ultimate college town with over eighty local colleges and universities, including Harvard, MIT and Boston University. But you don’t have to be a student to learn about history in this city. Simply spend your afternoons exploring the attractions along The Freedom Trail, or strolling in the Boston Public Garden and along the Charles River Esplanade.
Now that you are in the know about the top U.S. college towns for apartment living, check out the local apartments in these cities and submit your application!
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