With a nickname like “The City of Trees and Ph.D.s,” you know what you are in for when coming to Claremont. One of the defining characteristics of this small affluent town is the fact that the Claremont Colleges are all based here. These are a consortium of five undergraduate and two graduate schools that are all within walking distance of each other. Founded in 1925, they now offer more than 2,000 courses to students of all backgrounds, and are ranked among the top 40 liberal art colleges in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.
Whether you are a college student scraping by on ramen. macaroni and cheese, and cheap beer, or a graduate still paying back all those loans and working 50 hours a week or more, you can still eat cheap and healthy in Claremont, thanks to the local farmers’ markets. Every Sunday, right in the heart of the village, local merchants set up shop offering farm-fresh produce, handmade crafts, food stalls, and locally produced clothes. The real treat is when you stumble across that perfect gift basket or sample the chocolates until your sweet tooth is satiated.