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. Incorporated in 1806, the city is actually younger than the University of Georgia, which was chartered in 1785. Over the years, Athens has become a cultural hotspot, a mecca for music and the arts.

The UGA Libraries have 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

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 program of study. Many of our students also choose to live in on-campus housing, available for both individuals and families.

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

What to Do

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, or the Downtown Parade of Lights. 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.

Plan a Visit

The best way to get is sense of the UGA Public Health student experience is to schedule a visit. Contact the College of Public Health to learn more about public health education at UGA and schedule a tour of our home on the Health Sciences Campus. To learn even more about what UGA student life has to offer, contact the UGA Visitors Center to schedule a tour of the UGA’s Main Campus.