Frat parties aside, living in a college town has lots of pluses.
Look before you leap, kids.
We tend to equate the end of summer with the end of adventures. We return from our carefree summers to our school and work routine, adjusting back into the "busy trap." But we can still find adventure -- just maybe not in the ways that immediately come to mind.
Berkeley and Cambridge readily come to mind when thinking about outstanding college towns, but the truth is there are countless
We took a look at cities with populations between 100k and 300k, and picked out eight that, for one reason or another, just haven't gotten the national love and attention they deserve. Here's where they get that much-deserved love.
BEST MID-SIZED CITIES/SUBURBS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS #1 Santa Clara-Sunnyvale-San Jose, CA (Cal State San Jose, Santa Clara
"With the town surrounded by shimmering water and lush forests under sunny blue skies, the last thing you want to do is spend
For me, going away to school was the first time on my own. I was in a new place where I could reinvent myself. It was in college that I really became me. There was an energy in college that was unique. Each day our minds were exposed to new ideas. It was exhilarating. It's not surprising then, as people start planning their retirement, that moving to a college town environment is so popular.
You don't need to be a student to pay a visit to these college towns -- there's theater, great restaurants, hiking and microbrews to keep even non-undergrads happy.
Whether they are desolate college towns or bustling metropolises, the cities that serve as our college-town homes are only ours temporarily, a third place in between the cities with the homes we grew up in and the future meccas with the homes we'll build for ourselves.