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Old 05-30-2011, 12:57 PM
 
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Default How is life in Athens, GA? Too much of a college town?

HI! Just wondering if the atmosphere in Athens becomes too much for a town its size in regards to the college sports??
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:53 PM
 
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No. Things are fine in Athens in relation to your subject.
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:58 PM
 
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Athens is the greatest small town in the country, and I try to visit at least once a year.
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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I have always heard great things about Athens as far as great college town, great place to visit, etc. I'm just wondering if living there and not being totally engrossed with the college football scene would get old? Does the whole town clog on game days and how much does the town cater to college students? I am a Univ of TN alum and LOVE SEC sports, but even Knoxville was starting to get a little annoying when I left in 1997 with the whole college sports mania and it is quite a bit larger than Athens. Just wondering how a town of Athens' size acclimates?
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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I have always heard great things about Athens as far as great college town, great place to visit, etc. I'm just wondering if living there and not being totally engrossed with the college football scene would get old? Does the whole town clog on game days and how much does the town cater to college students? I am a Univ of TN alum and LOVE SEC sports, but even Knoxville was starting to get a little annoying when I left in 1997 with the whole college sports mania and it is quite a bit larger than Athens. Just wondering how a town of Athens' size acclimates?
It's a big, big deal if you're planning on going downtown that particular day (or the day before, typically). If you're out in a SFH neighborhood several miles from downtown, you'll hardly even notice. Often restaurants in the burbs are a lot LESS busy on gamedays than they are normally.

Downtown is outrageously clogged those 6-7 weekends per year, but the rest of the city is fine.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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Thanks, everyone, for your replies! Sounds like a great town! We have put it on the list of opportunities my husband will interview for!
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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IMHO, Athens is not like Knoxville or Gainesville where you just can't get away from the game day scene. Everyone who wants to be part of it is either downtown or at the stadium. Everyone else avoids downtown and/or campus and goes on with their lives. At worst case, you'll see some traffic congestion on GA316 after bigger conference games. I think it helps that Georgia's biggest in-conference game is the Cocktail Party out in Jacksonville. It also helps that Georgia loves scheduling 1PM games so tailgating is usually over by Saturday evening.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:57 AM
 
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Even if you are not that much into football, downtown is fun before the games for it's atmosphere. I heard horror stories about the traffic during football Saturdays and all I got to say is it is nothing compared to Williamsburg, VA during the Christmas rush, LOL. All of the earlier posts got it right, the action is mostly downtown, traffic is heavy prior to the game and immediately afterwards is very heavy tailing off to just heavy for the rest of the day. Sunday is back to normal.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:25 AM
 
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Athens...best college town in the country for a student...
Madison, WI...Ann Arbor MI...and some others are much better college towns for adults...
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:03 PM
 
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I think Austin, TX is a better college town than Athens.. much more to do.. Athens is a bit overrated (used to live there).
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