Atlanta Guide for Students

If you’re looking into moving to Atlanta, Georgia, you are not alone. Atlanta is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States and it’s still growing. Its lively energy that runs throughout the city, suburbs and neighborhoods makes it an appealing place to live for many people, not to mention that its multiple higher education options draws large numbers of students. However, moving to a new city, especially one as large and diverse as Atlanta, can be intimidating. Moving to a new place means starting at zero and having to learn about the city, where to live, where to eat and what to do. But this doesn’t mean that it has to be a burden, learning about a new city can be exciting and it opens a world of possibility for new adventures. At The Standard, one of the premier providers of student apartments in Atlanta, GA, we want to give you a rundown of Atlanta so that you can get to know the city before you even arrive.  

Atlanta’s Neighborhoods

Choosing the right place to live is important to ensure that you will be in a comfortable atmosphere that compliments your personality and lifestyle by providing you the right attractions and environment. Atlanta has neighborhoods with enough diversity and their own individual feel and appeal to offer a right fit for everyone, but first you need to know what you’re looking for. One of the most talked about subjects when looking into neighborhoods in Atlanta will be whether they are “inside the perimeter” or “outside the perimeter.” This refers to whether the neighborhood is inside or outside the I-285 ring that surrounds the city.

Both GSU and Georgia Tech are located inside the perimeter towards the center of Atlanta. One thing to keep in mind when moving to Atlanta, is that although some of the areas and neighborhoods in Atlanta are walkable, the majority of the population relies on personal transportation to get around and odds are, you will too. Here are some of the core neighborhoods to live in Atlanta close to campus:

  • South Downtown:South Downtown is one of the relatively walkable neighborhoods in Atlanta and resides close to the Georgia State University campus. If you’re looking for GSU student apartments, South Downtown is ideal for it’s easy access to the campus. It is home to many city, state and government facilities and is always bustling with tourists due to its many world famous attractions. South Downtown also has the MARTA public transportation system which is heavily used by downtown and southern suburb commuters.
  • Midtown: Midtown is known for its high energy and vibrant life with restaurants, bars, and clubs littering the streets. Apart from its skyscrapers and bustling business life, Midtown also provides a walkable, safe neighborhood with many options for student apartments near Georgia Tech. The area is quickly growing with new apartment complexes popping up every day. Residents of Midtown can enjoy many of the festivals and concerts that occur in the area, as well as relax at Piedmont Park or the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
  • Atlantic Station: Atlantic Station resides on the northwestern edge of Midtown, being almost an extension of it but with a much calmer atmosphere. The neighborhood consists of Atlanta apartments, condominiums, townhouses, offices, and a large retail district. Atlantic Station provides students one of the most convenient neighborhoods with a mall offering some of the biggest brand stores, restaurants, and a movie theatre.
  • Buckhead: Buckhead is a major commercial and financial center of Atlanta located north of Midtown and Atlantic Station. The district houses an urban core with suburban neighborhoods surrounding it. Buckhead is a perfect area for upscale shopping, nightlife, fine dining, and luxury apartments Atlanta students can enjoy.

Top Attractions in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta sports an impressive array of attraction and entertainment options to keep you entertained everyday. Tourists from all over the world travel to visit these must-see sights and while living in Atlanta, you’ll have them in your backyard. As William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, said, “Atlanta is a top destination for entertainment. With more than $650 million worth of new attractions added since 2005, Atlanta educates, entertains and enlightens students from across the globe.”

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site:At the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, you can explore his birth home, the visitor center and the King Center where Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize is on exhibit, as well as his gravesite. It is an educational and cultural site like no other.
  • World of Coca-Cola: At the World of Coca-Cola you can sample 70 different beverages, witness a restored 1880s soda fountain and experience a multi-sensory 4-D theater.
  • Georgia Aquarium: Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium, boasting a wide array of marine animals and interactive exhibits.
  • Zoo Atlanta: The Atlanta Zoo features more than 200 species of animals for a must-see experience for any wildlife fanatic.
  • Centennial Olympic Park: The Centennial Olympic Park offers year-round concerts, festivals, and family activities for a great gathering place.
  • Six Flags & White Water Atlanta: Home of the Looney Tunes, Six Flags is an amusement park located just 20 minutes west of Atlanta with an abundance of thrill rides. White Water Atlanta is the largest water park in the south. Open daily from June through August, it offers all kinds of aquatic attractions.

Atlanta Student Apartments

Atlanta is a great city to live in with much to do and see. As you get to know the city more and more you’ll find some of its hidden gems, establish your favorite places and learn of all the hotspots where students like to go. If you’re looking for student housing in Atlanta, GA, contact The Standard. We will help you find the right place to call home so that you can start enjoying everything Atlanta has to offer.

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