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Old 06-21-2007, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Richmond
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Please explain which areas are the best and worst. Thanks.
Revised it..

Overall, though, Charlottesville, Virginia is simply the best college town . I don't care much for UVA (other than the fine campus), but its just the epitome of a good college town.
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:45 PM
 
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For Midwest: Columbia, MO or Madison, WI
For South: Lexington, KY or Chapel Hill or Athens, GA
For West: SLO, CA or Corvallis, OR or Davis, CA
For NE: haven't really been to enough

Oxford, MS gets a lot of pub but other than the historical nature of the town I think it is overrated.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:49 PM
 
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Fort Collins, CO on the "best list."
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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New York City is a great college town.

In Montana, Bozeman and Missoula are good college towns. Butte for Montana Tech sucks, though.
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Old 06-23-2007, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Overall, though, Charlottesville, Virginia is simply the best college town . I don't care much for UVA (other than the fine campus), but its just the epitome of a good college town.
The pedestrian mall in downtown is nice, as are the hills south of it.
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:23 AM
 
Location: The South
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Best: Vanderbilt, SMU, Georgia, Texas, Rhodes

Worst: Sam Houston State (Huntsville)
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:09 PM
 
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What is part 2?
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:38 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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What do you consider to be the best and worst college towns in the country (U.S. only)?
Worst....sadly I'll say College Park, Maryland. The campus is absolutely beautiful and I LOVE my school, the academics, social life, parties, SPORTS, all of it. The town is okay but its surrounded by ghettos. Its like the surrounding county is Baghdad and the campus is the Green Zone. Prince George's County has a higher crime rate than Los Angeles and Miami. The town itself is nice but doesn't have that much to offer.

There are 3 bars (with the best deals and the sweetest bartenders) but there's only 3 and a new one that was supposed to have opened a year ago. Most of the town is a suburban strip with shopping centers. And its not a nice-looking suburb. The best restaurant we have in town is Applebees. We don't have Outback, Red Lobster, or Olive Garden.

I'll have to say the best I've been to are Charlottesville, Virginia, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Berkeley, California.
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:06 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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I think Tempe, AZ is actually a good college town. Berkeley is totally unique. The U District in Seattle is good (University of Washington) Eugene is good (University of Oregon) Rice Village in Houston is good. Austin is good. College Station (Texas A & M) is good. I wasn't imressed with Pulman (Washington State.
Ha! I never thought of Houston as a college town, but it does have four universities inside the loop (Rice, UH, University of St. Thomas, and TSU), not to mention HCC, UHD, and the medical schools in the Medical Center, and quite a few others outside, which make for a pretty lively atmosphere. Great nightlife, inexpensive rents if you don't want to live on campus, and lots of free or cheap things for students to do. I would say by the same token going to college in New Orleans was a blast.
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Old 06-24-2007, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I just returned from Iowa City, very nice.

Hmm, City-Data does not have reported crime statistics for College Park, Maryland.
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