Name Your Favorite College Town

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    Mine - Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

    Antique. Small. Lots of shops and restaurants. Sits by the Potomac River. Very nice place. Mountains nearby.
     
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    My own. The area around the University of New Mexico is one of the best in Albuquerque. While we're not just a college town, that area around UNM feels comparable to most of the best smaller college towns.
     
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    Burlington, VT. Huge lake with mountains right there. Lovely old city, close to Montreal, rural but still sophisticated. Great music scene, shopping, restaurants, gay-friendly, and sailing or skiing right on your doorstep.
     
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    I need to get up to Austin more often! :smile:

    In Indiana I loved Bloomington, where Indiana University is. The area around IU was great to walk around in, lots of ethnic restaurants, funky shops, etc. I also used to go to the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival there every year.

    I LOVE funky college towns!!!
     
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    I've heard Austin, TX is good. It's on my list of places to see.

    While Cambridge, MA has some interesting stuff, it's not a place I could see myself living in, only visiting. It's too much of a pain in the ass to get around, and way too expensive.

    I love State College, PA in the summer. Arts Fest is a great time, I always enjoy it.
     
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    I live near Amherst & Northampton, Massachusetts, known as the Five College area. There are lots of interesting shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and galleries. Unfortunately for me, the gay scene here is predominantly lesbian.

    However, after having lived here for over 6 years, I feel like I've seen and done it all and I've gotten kind of bored with it.

    I've been meaning to visit Burlington for a few years now, but just haven't bothered to make the trip. I've heard very good things about Austin, especially about the music scene. One of my former housemates moved there a few years ago. After living there, he said he couldn't come back here because Amherst was "too small" for him now.

    Anyone else on LPSG from my area?
     
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    Le duh!

    If there were a god, he would live here, wear sandals, smoke pot, and root for the 'horns..
     
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    IMHO, Washington, DC is a great college town.
    Lots of interesting, fun, inexpensive activities as well as a veritable plethora of restaurants to choose from, many of which deliver. :smile: Added bonus two airports and an Amtrak line for when you need to get out of the city. The Metro is easy to navigate but would be better if it were 24 hours.

     
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    I wouldn't call Washington DC proper a college town. When I think of college town, I think of a town more or less dominated by the college or university it is next to. Washington has a lot more going on, the colleges there are peripheral to the identity of the city. Maybe if you just say Georgetown, you'd have a case...

    I must say I quite liked Davis, California. I lived there for a year and a half. It's in northern California, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco and just a few minutes from Sacramento. Lots of beautiful girls. Lots of good food. Very pretty and clean. It can be a little quiet and boring on weekends but San Francisco isn't too far away. A bit hot in the summer time but in general the weather was usually pleasant, too.
     
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    I agree with you there NJQT! I love the city ,period. Now it might not be the most inexpensive but it certainly is highly accessible and so beautiful. I also loved New York City for the same reasons. It had such a richness of culture and was highly accessible as well. It may have been expensive but I must say I have very fond memories.
     
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    NineInchCock_160IQ, as someone often described as a professional student in a past life I really have to disagree. While it's true that it is the nations capitol and politics are at its core purpose and structure; the District of Columbia covers a scant 10 square miles and is home to about 12 different colleges and universities.

    Things I look for as a college student, lots of 24 hr services and amenities (not just pizza & sandwich delivery). Copy, fax, printing services, photo processing, laundromats, dry cleaners, wifi cafes, bus, subway, taxi services.

    While in comparison Jersey City, NJ is home to 2 universities yet is not a college town. When I was there 14 years ago they had no Kinko's or other 24 hr copy/printing facility. Food delivery was scarce at best and while close to NYC, it was easier to drive there, than to take mass transit. As far as things to do for fun . . there was nothing! We either went to the clubs in Hoboken or NYC. :frown1:

     
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    I agree with NIC, I consider a college town to be one that's more or less dominated by the school(s) which occupy it.

    Going by njqt's criteria then I'd have to say New York which can't be beat for culture, shopping, late night services, or energy. While New York has over 30 institutions of higher learning, many at the top of the heap, I'd never consider it a college town because the colleges and universities don't dominate the life of the city by any means.
     
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    the district of columbia is 62 square miles, not 10. small item.

    it waa a perfect 100 square mile square before the area south of the potomac river was given back to virginia in the mid 1800s.

    another favorite college town is boulder colorado. scenic. fun. everyone there seems to own a bike. very fit looking bunch. air is thin and dry though. i got nosebleeds. i know - tmi.
     
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    Berkeley California !!!
     
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    That's where I went to grad school. We used to call it the University of California at Boulder, because so many people there were transplants from Cali. You're right about the air, however, and the air pollution is high there. After being there 3 years I developed allergies to the pollutants in the air. It was a nice place to spend a few years, but overall I found it too dry, too flat, and too sunny. I missed trees and lush green foliage and rain and autumn colors, hence I came back to New England.

    Not sure where I want to go next. Are there places with all the amenities of a college town, but without the students?
     
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    To me, the best has been Charlottesville, Va (home to UVA) because the campus is friggin beautiful and the town and the school have a great symbiotic relationship. I'd put it ahead of the more remote college towns like Blacksburg (Va Tech) and State College (Penn St) because its still within easy driving range of major cities like DC and Richmond, but has enough going on that you don't want to get out of town all the time.
     
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