Large cities with multiple colleges or large campuses tend to attract great nightlife and cheap eats on or near campus. They also offer tons of cultural events in the metro area. This combination is great for empty nesters, renters on budgets or anyone who appreciates multi-cultural learning opportunities and entertainment. College towns rock! They offer a vibrant lifestyle and it's inspiring to be around students. City neighborhoods near universities offer all this in spades.
Citylab.com has charted enrollment data for some 750 metro and micropolitan locations across the U.S. Here are some fun facts from the study:
More than half (55.9%) of America's 9.5 million college students attend college in only 52 metros, each with populations over 1 million people.
More than a quarter (27.6%) of all college students (4.7 million students) go to school in the nation's 10 largest metros.
Living near a college campus is a great way to stay young at heart, have access to all sorts of fun events, and stay more in tune with pop culture. City life assures access to great healthcare, public transportation, at least one major airport and other city “perks.”
If you're looking for an apartment in a city where universities are prevalent, check out the list below. Click on the college or university you're interested in living near, and you’ll see the closest apartments to that campus.
America's Cities with Most Colleges or College Students
Kari Lloyd has been a freelance writer for over 15 years. A Chicago native and recent transplant to Atlanta, Kari spent 10 years living in London, UK where she worked as a music journalist and restaurant reviewer.