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Old 06-13-2014, 02:57 PM
Location: Orlando
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For 16 years I lived in Tallahassee, which is sort of a college town, although it's pretty sizeable at 180,000 people, and it's the state capital, so there is life there beyond Florida State University, Florida A & M University, and Tallahassee Community College. Having said that, I must also add that during football season, nothing else seems to matter but that week's game.

I wouldn't want to live in a college town so small that the college was basically all there was to the town, and everyone either was a student or an employee or an alumnus(a) of the college. I'd rather live in a medium-size city that has things to offer and also has one or more universities or colleges nearby.
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:04 PM
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Heck if you can afford it, dive in.

College towns are really interesting and invigorating places.

Our own short list includes a few of them.
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:04 PM
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Originally Posted by boogie'smom View Post
I retired to the town where I first attended college. It felt like coming home to me.

I enjoy the students and the quiet summers when most of them are gone.

No downside that I am aware of in my small town. I am not sure that I would want to live in a town this size without the diversity the college provides.
Is this Cookeville? If so, I have the impression that Tennessee Tech is not a real big party school and is not a major negative issue in living in the area? We were there in October 2012 and really didn't notice much until we were right in the vicinity of the campus. We are heading up there next month to check out the summer heat. We liked the general feeling of the area on our last visit and the university was one of the reasons that it was on our list for retirement.
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
But for people who have no interest in any of the above, then I would have to agree with the OP that there is no reason to seek out a college town.
I don't interpret the OPs comments as you do. He/she didn't say there was no reason to seek out a college town, but, rather, that living in such a town wasn't for him/her - based on his/her imagination of what life might be in a college town.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:24 PM
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I think it depends on the person. I wouldn't because I do not like the areas around typical colleges. Most businesess around are gear to service them which only makes sense.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:31 PM
Location: Great State of Texas
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I go down to College Station (home of A&M) every other week for a day (shopping day).
Busy during school, quiet during the summer.

There's the known college hangouts/areas/rentals that you just avoid.

I try to avoid on gamedays and first week or two of school because you end up with lots coming from out of town that don't know their way around which makes for hazardous driving.

Other than that it's a vibrant town. Costs are kept low due to the student population.
And I love, love the various "tent sales" around town held when school is in session.

There are plenty of pocket areas that have no students and don't appeal to students so yeah..I could live in College Station if I wanted to live in a city.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:40 PM
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I think that living in a college town has a lot of advantages - easy access to cultural events, lectures, etc. In addition, you generally find a good influx of people - college aged and older.

Personally, if I were to choose a college town, I would like a place like Oberlin College, where the town is built around the college as opposed to a major university.

However, if the university is in a city with more than adequate public transportation, you do not have to worry about parking, traffic, and congestion. For example, all winter, I was on-campus at the University of Arizona and had great access to a number of museums and cultural events
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by newenglandgirl View Post
I would not want to live in most state University towns. In some, the loud student parties, riots, and driving up rents and property values is a big negative. I would find (and have found) a private college town that is sedate with a lovely campus like a park (where I can walk year-round), and I can audit classes and use the pool. If you're considering moving to a U-town, visit it on a Fri or Sat night.
I agree with this(above). I lived in two college towns, and what the police called benign 'college experience' was lots of sleepless nights and vandalized property for homeowners. Nothing stimulating or vibrant at all.
If what I see on holiday/big party weekends was done by, let's say, bikers or certain ethnic groups, there would be outrage and name calling all around, but since its done by 'kids getting the college experience', the damage they do to property and quality of life is dismissed by authorities. But, to stay on-topic, I would not recommend to anyone to retire to a college town unless it was far away from student rental areas and bars
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Old 06-14-2014, 02:35 AM
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I am one that wants to be in a college town. Having been enthusiastic about learning my whole life (3 college degrees, including one masters, two bachelors), I want to take more classes and keep my mind alive. And many colleges these days have classes for seniors free of charge or minimal expense. Also Osher is in colleges and universities throughout the US. Another plus: concerts, speakers, culture, and things to do. I don't plan to live in the vicinity of student housing since I can imagine how much I would hate it, but close by. Near enough to take advantage of the pluses, yet far enough away to avoid the noise!
I agree with that in principle, but it isn't true of all university towns across the board. When I lived in Pittsburgh, seniors were encouraged to attend Pitt. In addition to Osher, they could audit any class that wasn't considered full as long as the professor was amenable and most of them welcomed the diversity of older students. Concerts, plays, and speakers sponsored by the university were always well-publicized to the community. In addition to Pitt there are five other universities (as well as a community college system and other institutions of higher learning). So no matter where a Pittsburgher lives, there's adult education nearby.

I do NOT find that to be true where I live now in Tucson. The University of Arizona is a pretty big mystery to most Tucsonans, if they are not alumni. With the exception of the generous Department of Sciences, which has excellent community outreach, and the annual Book Fair, which totally depends on the public to be a success, I find out about most things at the U of A after they are over. Taking classes is for me prohibitively expensive. Oh, of course the other exception is sports. They're happy to sell you game tickets if you can afford them.

The next time I move, I will make no assumptions about what the presence of a college will offer the community. I'll find out in advance. In general, though, I do think the presence of higher learning in a community adds significantly to the culture. If nothing else, it attracts well-educated employees and usually improves healthcare if it has a medical school with a teaching hospital.
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Old 06-14-2014, 03:21 AM
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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A university provides many low cost activities for seniors. There are plays, concerts, dance recitals, colloquia, lectures, festivals, and a major library with subscriptions to hundreds of journals. Major sports like football and basketball are expensive, but minor sports tickets are really cheap. If you like wrestling, gymnastics, tennis, golf or martial arts, admission is only a few bucks or even free.
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