| Oct 10, 2014
One of the reasons people pack up and move to a new town is because of college—and we don’t just mean the students. If you work for a college or university as part of the faculty, administration, or even grounds crew, you may find yourself facing a relocation. From large public universities known for their medical training to small private colleges with hundreds of years of prestige paving the way, colleges are a great place to put down roots and build a career.
College towns are also great places to live. When so many people work at, attend, or have ties to the school, there’s a great sense of community that results. Here are five college towns that embrace the collegiate spirit and provide a great lifestyle while they do it! > Cambridge, MA
: If you take into account neighboring Boston, the “town” of Cambridge isn’t all that small. However, the college spirit is strong here, with such notable schools as Cambridge College, Episcopal Divinity School, Harvard University, Hult International Business School, Lesley University, Longy School of Music, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With so many schools in such a concentrated area (the town’s 100,000 population is made up of 1/3 students), you can’t go far without running into a reminder of the college vibe.
> Corvallis, OR: Home to Oregon State University, this quintessential college town offers a great taste of the Pacific Northwest lifestyle. Corvallis is known for its commitment to green living, sustainable lifestyles, and outdoor adventure—something both students and faculty members here embrace.
> Iowa City, IA: If you want a great literary scene, an engaging night life, and a beautiful setting all rolled up into one, Iowa City is the place for you. The annual writer’s conference and book festival here are some of the most well-known in the country, giving the entire city of 70,000 residents an intellectual vibe.
> Ithaca, NY: When you close your eyes and picture a “college town,” chances are you’re visualizing a place just like Ithaca. Both Cornell and Ithaca College are found here, which means the city population of 30,000 residents is mostly made up of students—all of whom enjoy a good music scene and restaurants/bars that cater to their preferences. The upstate New York setting also provides the seasonal beauty and isolation most people associate with academics.
> College Station, TX
: As the name suggests, College Station is all about Texas A&M University, which makes its home here. The school is noted for its incredible research projects (funded and run by institutions like NASA, the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and Office of Naval Research), as well as its football team, the Aggies.