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View Poll Results: Would you move back to your old college town?
YES! Redo these memories! 22 44.00%
NO! It wont be the same! 26 52.00%
Hmmm. Not sure..... 3 6.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 50. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-04-2017, 11:57 AM
 
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Houston.
I never left. I still live a few miles from campus.
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Old 04-04-2017, 01:03 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Ha..same!

Started my career and bought a home here. I'll be around for a while!

There are times when staying in your college town in "grown up" life is annoying; and there are times when it's awesome.

The fact that my college town is part of a larger metro area (where most of my friends and family also live) also helps.

If Chapel Hill were isolated somewhere else in the state and not part of the greater Research Triangle area...I don't think I would be as keen on staying as I have been.
As I've read these responses (well, actually before I read these responses), my initial thoughts aligned with your reply. If ones college "town" is part of a larger and more diverse & dynamic city/metro than a college town that is isolated, insular to the college itself, the idea of staying in it or moving to back to it is a different value proposition.

I too went to school in the Triangle (you can probably guess where) and still have a home less than a mile from the campus but the experience is completely different because the city isn't just about the university and the city itself has grown tremendously since I graduated. Had the university been out in the hinterlands, I am pretty confident in saying that I'd probably only be returning for the occasional sporting event.
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Old 04-04-2017, 01:21 PM
 
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My college town was Boca Raton, FL and yes, I would move back there if it was in the cards for me.
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Old 04-04-2017, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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Update....

Yesterday was absolutely, 100%, unbelievably reflective of one of those days where it is GREAT to live in my college-town as an adult!
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Old 04-04-2017, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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You can't pay me to live in Clarksville, TN. Very miserable living there.
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Iowa City - wouldn't choose to move back, but if I had no choice, I could think of much worse places. It's a very nice town, one of the better college towns. My issue would be that it's too college dominated.
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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I think the hardest part of moving to your college town, or staying there, is watching friends progressively leave. Going back with some distance between college and adult life, though, can be very rewarding.
Makes sense. In my 40s, my perspective is moving there way after college for a more permanent existence with zero dependence on the student population for social life. But if I had stayed in Iowa City right after because I had a job there, it would be tough watching the last people go.

Interesting how that perspective changes with age.
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:13 AM
 
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College towns are great in quality of life metrics. They tend to be affluent and overdeveloped culturally for their sizes due to the majority of the permanent population being in or adjacent to academia. The benefits I'm living in such a community are less apparent when you are in your early twenties then they are when you are raising a family period I think that is why it becomes more appealing over time.
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Old 04-05-2017, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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i wouldn't mind living in Clemson if I got a job with the university. Nice lake right next to campus, and Blue Ridge mountains nearby.
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Old 04-05-2017, 10:39 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Chico, CA? In a heartbeat. I still to this day have several dreams a month I am going back there for school, and always with anxious excitement enough to almost cry with joy in anticipation of finally coming back. I'm sure it wouldn't live up to my idyllic experiences but it still is the epitome of a college town and in a beautiful natural setting.
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