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Old 08-02-2007, 11:57 AM
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Best: Madison, Ann Arbor, Charlottesville, Chapel Hill, Austin, Athens, Champaign (got to give my Illini some love)

Worst: South Bend (Notre Dame has a stunning campus but the town is the pits), Durham (trade ND for Duke with the last comment), Terre Haute (noted several times already)
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Old 08-02-2007, 12:19 PM
Location: The great state of New Hampshire
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I agree: I don't understand the infatuation w/ South Bend. Yet else where it seems so many are quick to diss Indiana, when there are actually some pretty regions in the Bloomington area for example. South Bend has pleasant neighborhoods immediately adjoining the campus, but the main portions of town are really depressing. I don't see though either the big broo-ha over the campus. Attractive yes, but I've seen alot better.
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:14 PM
Location: NW suburbs
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I don't know why so many people think berkeley is a college town. Maybe they are lost in the 60's but berkeley is definatly not a college town. Berkeley has over 100,000 people, it sits right on the bay across from sf, which has 700,000 people, and is the next city north of oakland which has almost 400,000 people. Hardly a town. There are parts of berkeley you can go through and you'd swear there wasnt even a university around. Or go to the afluent hillside communities where the folks live... There is a small section of berkely around the university, the strip, and the student ghetto, and other than that, the city really doesnt have much of a college town feel.

Best college towns: Santa Cruz, Ca., Lawrence, ks,
Worst: Chico, bloomington normal, dekalb
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:59 PM
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People have mixed in big cities....with....nice campus......and consider these college towns....I don't hold that opinion.

Madison Wisconsin, Eugene Oregon, Lawrence Kansas, Chapel Hill NC....etc...are to me college towns...

Stanford for example, huge beautiful campus(2nd largest in world and first class) but the town of Palo Alto is anything but a college town. It's upper crust suburban. ....Syracuse is a small city....Chicago and NYC two good places to go to school, but aren't college towns in traditional sense at all.

For the topic of college towns....

I like Madison WI, Chapel Hill NC, Charlottesville VA, Austin Texas(though becoming more city than college town all the time)......etc...Athens GA

Vanderbilt, great campus and atmosphere but Nashville isn't a college town....Notre Dame the same....etc...
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:59 PM
Location: dayton
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best: columbus
worst: tempe
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Old 08-02-2007, 03:03 PM
Location: Saginaw, MI
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Ann Arbor, MI
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Old 08-02-2007, 03:23 PM
Location: ITP
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Being a UW alumn, of course Madison, WI is paradise if we're talking college towns. It sits beautifully between two lakes with the state capitol, a strict building ordinance limiting height, great architecture, extremely pedestrian-oriented, and great nightlife and restaurants.

Other nods: Boulder (stunning), CO; Ann Arbor, MI; (I hate U of M but I give credit where it's due), Athens, GA; Iowa City, IA (a surprise); Seattle (U District); Lawrence, KS

Of course there are others like Austin, Berkely, and Cambridge, but I have never traveled to those places so I can't judge.
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Old 09-01-2007, 09:08 PM
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Bloomington, IN-Great bar scene, great music scene, GREAT variety of ethnic restaurants....BEAUTiFUL campus.....great looking women

Lawrence, KS-See above

Tempe, AZ-Campus is ehh......but the bar/drinking scene is top rate

Iowa City, IA-I agree with whoever said Iowa City is a hidden gem, 60 bars within a half mile of campus, nice looking campus

West Lafayette, IN-Bars are lackluster, but good college sports town and nice campus

East Lansing, MI

Ann Arbor, MI-Not the best campus layout, best phenomenal town


Terre Haute, IN- My God, this town is the definition of s***-hole, the town STINKS (due to the gas refinery), ugly campus, no real bar scene

South Bend, IN- ND is a beautiful campus.....located in a crappy blue-collar city. Good thing is, the South Shore Rail Line is a 1 1/2 train ride to Chicago...

Evansville, IN- Boring as hell

Champaign, IL-A few cool bars (CO's and Cams) but the city itself is lacking
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Old 09-01-2007, 10:43 PM
Location: Blackwater Park
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I haven't been to enough to say best or worst.

Here are some I really didn't care for:

Murfreesboro, TN (Middle Tennessee State University) and

Grand Forks, ND (University of North Dakota).

Martin, TN (University of Tennessee at Martin)
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Old 09-01-2007, 11:45 PM
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Some good ones:
Fort Collins, CO
Columbia, MO
Laramie, WY
Springfield, MO
Lawrence, KS

Boulder is cool, but way overrated.
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