Founded in 1785, the the University of Georgia is one of the nation’s oldest public universities, and its first state-chartered university. As proof of its academic excellence, UGA produces a high number of students receiving prestigious academic awards, such as the Rhodes scholarship. That’s not to say they’re all work and no play, however--the school shows special dedication to its teams, the Bulldogs, with a special lineage of real bulldogs serving as mascots alongside “Hairy Dawg” (the more traditional guy-in-an-animal suit mascot).
Athens is a beautiful little town to live in. So beautiful, in fact, that only 27% of UGA undergrads actually live on campus. You'll find that apartment rentals are generally very affordable and centrally located, and because campus is right in town, you could walk from your apartment to class to downtown. A good way to get started on your apartment hunt is with our convenient apartment guide. If you’re also interested in day-to-day life, check out our posts oncollege life in general.
If you have your student ID, you can ride the Athens City Transit buses for free. Also, the University of Georgia has its own special fleet of buses to shuttle you from building to building and around the huge campus. Owning a bike might speed things up. As you settle in to your new apartment in Athens, one easy way to get to know the town is to check out the official homepage of the town and surrounding county. Art galleries, farmers’ markets, easy bike rides, even a symphony—a huge, diverse range of activities await once you leave the classroom.