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Whether you plan on living on-campus or in an off-campus apartment, there are many factors to consider when choosing a college. You have to remember that you are not simply choosing a school to attend, but also a new home. You’ll be living here for at least the next four years, so make sure you choose a school that not only suits your educational needs, but also your lifestyle. The city in which your school is located will become a huge part of your life. So what college town will be your new home sweet home?

The Princeton Review has conducted thorough surveys to find out which college towns students love the most.

Here are the top ten schools voted the best for a desirable town or city life.

Tulane University

Located in New Orleans, LA, students at Tulane University look forward to celebrating Mardis Gras each year in the heart of Louisiana. Not surprisingly, Tulane is also known for being one of the top party schools in the nation. If you don’t want to live on campus, there are many studio apartments and housing options within walking distance of the school.

Columbia University

This New York University regularly receives high rankings from students thanks to the endless opportunities for fun nearby. From downtown clubs and Broadway shows to museums and many restaurants, there’s always something to do near the Columbia University campus.

American University

Being in Washington D.C., students attending American University naturally enjoy politics and history. When not studying, students can venture into town and check out all the museums, theaters, restaurants, and parks in D.C. There’s always something to do.

University of San Francisco

Students love the tight-knit community of the University of San Francisco’s campus, while also appreciating the closeness to San Francisco and all the city has to offer. There’s everything from ballet and music to museums and restaurants.

Stevens Institute of Technology

Located in Hoboken, NJ, which is one of the most intriguing towns in the U.S., Stevens Institute of Technology comes in at number five of the top college towns. This one-mile city is full of unique restaurants and cute shops. It’s located on the Hudson River, providing a gorgeous, quiet town. New York is a 10-minute drive away for students who want a taste of the city life.

Vanderbilt University

Ranking in at number six this year, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN has always been a favorite for students seeking a fun college town. Nashville may be in the south, but it’s the perfect hipster spot featuring fun restaurants, various music venues, and new studio apartments just a short walk away from the university.

Northeastern University

Students who enjoy music and art love living in the heart of Boston while attending Northeastern University. Most students live on campus, which is very close to Symphony Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Conservatory of Music, and much more. There’s something for everyone. Students also often comment on the beautiful scenery in the area.

Suffolk University

Another university located right in the middle of Boston, Suffolk University provides access to the city and all the unique, fun things it has to offer. Students love being in walking distance from sports venues, historical sites, fine dining, and so much more.

New York University

Students ranked New York University one of the top schools with a great college town due to both its second-to-none education opportunities and location. Being so close to the city gives students the opportunity to pursue fun internships, opportunities for research, and promising job placement. There are also many places located nearby for music, lectures, and films. Students get to enjoy the close community by day and the city life by night.

City University of New York – Baruch College

Located as the name suggests, City University of New York – Baruch College is home to students who generally live nearby, and so they come to school each day and go home each night. This university ranks at number 10 due to the unique community. Although students may miss out on the normal campus life, they get to enjoy better prices and can enjoy NYC on their own time. Students can go to clubs and lounges after school, museums where students get in free, or home to spend time with their family.


Now that you know a little more about the top ten college towns, you might be able to make a more educated choice when it comes to college. Keep in mind that no matter which school you choose, college life can be expensive. Memorize some tips on saving money in college to ensure you have the best start. College should be some of the best years of your life, so make sure you’re making the best out of it.

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