Life In Athens

student life

The University of Georgia is located in the charming, mid-size city of Athens, GA, known for its rich art and music culture, as well as its proximity to both Atlanta and the beautiful northeast Georgia mountains. The Classic City, as it is known, reflects the charm of a small, southern college town and the energy of a modern, progressive city.

The UGA library system has compiled a comprehensive list of links and information about Athens culture and entertainment, resources and services, and general community information. The local arts and entertainment weekly magazine, The Flagpole, also publishes an annual Guide to Athens. Athens is served by two local newspapers, the Athens Banner-Herald and the student-run, independent newspaper the Red & Black.


where to live

Where to Live

Home to thousands of students, Athens offers a wide variety of convenient and affordable housing options. Whether you are looking for a large apartment complex or a quiet, neighborhood house, you’re guaranteed to find a place to call home for the duration of your graduate program. Many of our students also choose to live in on-campus housing, available for both individuals and families.

where to eat

Where to Eat

Athens boasts a wide range of dining options for every appetite and budget. From the famous chili dogs at The Varsity to the upscale dishes at The National, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste. Some local favorites are Transmetropolitan for pizza and a fun atmosphere, Last Resort for delicious deserts and great lunch specials, Big City Bread Cafe for a laid back brunch on Sundays, and vegetarian cuisine at The Grit.

Learn more about local restaurants through Athens Life Unleashed: Dining, Downtown Athens Guide to Dining and The Flagpole Guide to Athens

what to do

What to Do

Though life as a graduate student is busy, we encourage you to take a break from studying and enjoy all that Athens has to offer. Athens is known for its rich art and music culture, as well as its proximity to both Atlanta and the beautiful Northeast Georgia mountains. Located just minutes from campus are entertainment offerings that rival those of much larger cities, all catered to a student’s budget.

Be sure to check out the cutting-edge music scene and exciting nightlife, and don’t miss out on local events such as AthFest, the Twilight Criterium and Taste of Athens. Within a short drive of Athens, outdoor enthusiasts can find beautiful and accessible mountains, waterfalls, beaches, and opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and more. To learn more, visit the Athens Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.