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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Athens is the dream college town. Great food, shopping, nightlife, churches, parks, whatever you can think of, Athens has it. I would stay here forever if I could.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: There are sections to campus/downtown. It is really segregated by student-life and local-life.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Athens is a mixed bag. The downtown and 5 points area are nice, full of life, and affluent, but the surrounding areas are poor and run down. The gap between the well to do college students and the working citizens of Athens is surprising and sad sometimes.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: I absolutely love Athens. It's amazing.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: ATHENS IS THE BEST. An absolutely perfect college town. I cannot say enough good things about getting to live and attend school here.

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Athens, the "Classic City," is the quintessential college town. Downtown offers amazing nightlife, with numerous clubs, bars, cafés, restaurants, and shops on every corner. Music is a cornerstone of downtown Athens, with plenty of opportunities for students to see local and nationally recognized bands. Every night, there are at least six concerts playing at various venues around town, whether they be indie rock at the 40 Watt, jam music at the Georgia Theatre, or metal at Caledonia Lounge. Athens also has a famed history of hosting super secret shows at underground music venues and house shows. A friend once said you couldn’t toss a stone in Athens without hitting a musician, and this is true—if you are looking to start a band, definitely come here. R.E.M., the B-52s, Widespread Panic, Of Montreal, MGMT, and Neutral Milk Hotel all got their start in Athens. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a town with a stronger music scene.

Students agree that bars are the place to be. They’re always packed from Thursday night to the wee hours of Sunday morning. Unlike some towns, Athens actually has enough bars to accommodate the number of partygoers living here. There are freshman bars that are a little less selective as far as fake IDs go, as well as sports bars, outdoor bars, and sophisticated, ritzy bars. Downtown is located within walking distance from the dorms, so walking to and from parties is not a problem, and no one has to drive. Taxis and student-sponsored organizations also provide transportation to and from various hotspots. Plus, if you get tired of being in a smaller town, Atlanta is about an hour away. Anything Athens doesn’t have, Atlanta definitely does.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. John Mayer's "No Such Thing" video was filmed in downtown Athens at the Georgia Theater.
  2. "Road Trip," starring Tom Green and Breckin Myer, was filmed in Athens around UGA.
  3. Ben Affleck bought a house in Athens, GA. He supposedly eats at Five and Ten in Five Points when in town.
  4. The Athens Transit public transportation bus is actually called The Bus.
  5. On game days, Athens becomes one of the largest cities in Georgia. Sell-out crowds guarantee over 92,000 people will be in Athens.
Notable Natives
  • Michael Stipe
  • Katie - from MTV's "Surf Girls"
Local Slang
  • BrewFest: An annual tasting of national brand beers
  • Coke: Any kind of carbonated beverage
  • Twilight: A bike race every spring that runs through downtown
Points of Interest
  • The Arch
  • Downtown Athens
  • Georgia State Botanical Gardens
Shopping Centers
  • Georgia Square Mall
  • Mall of Georgia
Movie Theaters
Beechwood Cinema
Beechwood Plaza
(706) 546-1011
Movie Theaters
Carmike 12
1575 Lexington Rd.
(706) 354-0016
Movie Theaters
Georgia Square Cinemas
3700 Atlanta Highway
(706) 548-3023
Movie Theaters
Tate Movie Theater
Tate Student Center
UGA Campus
(706) 542-7774
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Atlanta: GA: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 227 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 227 responses

  • 10% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 84% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 3% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 2% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 227 responses

  • 37% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 31% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 31% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 227 responses

  • 19% Totally.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 26% No way.



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