The newsLINK Group - College Towns Are Great

Editorial Library Category: Cities & Towns Topics: College Towns Title: College Towns Are Great Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: The people who live in college towns often really love the experience, and there are many reasons why college towns are great, from the arts to a stable economy. Editorial: College Towns Are Great 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 The people who live in college towns often really love the experience. There are many reasons why college towns are great, but if you’ve never considered the matter, here are a few for you to think about: College towns are often extremely beautiful. A gorgeous setting may not guarantee a great education, but it doesn’t hurt anything to have a postcard-ready campus. And enjoying the beauty, whether you are a student or not, is completely free. College towns are often just as beautiful as resort towns, but since they have a serious purpose, there is also more of a community feeling. College towns attract world-class performers and musicians. If you dread the thought of living in a big city with its combination of high prices and ghettos, but you love to watch a well-acted play or going to hear skilled musicians, a college town is the perfect compromise. There are lectures, visits from prominent scholars and politicians, well-stocked academic libraries, and other assets you just don’t get in places without schools. The quality and quantity of cultural opportunities in any town goes up whenever there’s a college or university around. Young people have a lot of energy. They add a great deal to the communities where they live, and they often form strong ties during their years of study in a place. The cost of living is often lower in a college town. Why? A large part of the population is on a fixed budget. Some are students and some are teachers, but there are limits as to how expensive the housing costs can be when most of the people living there are on tight budgets. That is strong encouragement for people who own property to keep rental costs out of the stratosphere. At the same time, college towns usually have stable economies. There is a steady influx of students, teachers, and administrators, not to mention people who come to visit both students and staff. Downtown businesses are happy, the hotels are kept busy, and everyone benefits. If you have been out of school for more than a couple of decades, you probably already know that tuition has gone up substantially since then, but the amount of money most families earn has not kept pace. If you can’t afford to send your children away to a four-year university, then think about the benefits of being able to offer them a place to live while they work on getting a degree. Combine that with a patchwork combination of scholarships, loans, a part-time job, and savings, and your children just might be able to swing getting a degree minus massive debt or heavy inroads into your (at this point irreplaceable) retirement money. Better yet, many college towns have extremely reasonable tuition. College towns need good, reliable, affordable public transportation. Many students don’t have cars, and many campuses have limits on parking, so the town has to fill in the gap. College towns are often good retirement places, too. They tend to be affordable, uncrowded, and have plenty of amenities. Add a mild climate, and who wouldn’t enjoy living in a culturally rich place with plenty to see and do? Students and retirees, it turns out, often make very good neighbors to each other, even though they are at different stages in their lives. You may not have thought about living in a college town before now, but maybe it’s time you did. Sources: attractions-of-a-college-town.html#yKIShjAUew0UYFxf.99 04/16/10-reasons-to-retire-in-a-college-town Word Count: 574 Copyscape Clear Date: 12.15.2014