4. Lectures, readings, concerts and plays Most colleges sponsor guest lecturer series or invite authors to read
from and discuss their latest works. Likewise, many schools
offer musical performances by students, faculty members or
visiting artists and nearly all have a theater department. Lectures, readings and recitals are often free, while ticket prices
for concerts and plays are very reasonable.
5. Healthcare access Most major universities in big
cities have medical schools to train the next generation of
doctors, dentists and nurses. However, some of those institutions are located in more modest-sized municipalities
that offer a variety of retirement/relocation options—
Durham, NC (Duke University Medical Center) and Charleston,
SC (Medical University of South Carolina) are but two examples. Medical schools generally have consulting specialists among their faculty members and even smaller college
towns tend to attract medical professionals because of their
more stable economies.
6. Public transportation availability Many college stu-
dents either don’t have a car or quickly find that on-campus
parking is very limited. Thus, it’s not surprising to find that
college towns usually have better-than-average access to
public transportation. While most cities in the South and
West don’t have subway systems, a growing number have
above-ground rail networks like MARTA in Atlanta. But
nearly all college towns have a good bus system to get off-
campus students to their classes—a real boon for anyone
who would rather ride than drive. And if you’re an Uber
user, chances are that your driver will be a college student
looking to make a little extra money.
7. Volunteer opportunities Many colleges and universities have community-outreach programs designed to
encourage public service as part of their students’ overall
education. Most welcome volunteers from the communities
they serve, especially those with knowledge or skills related
to the program.
8. Take a safe stroll Getting out for a brisk walk several
times a week has numerous physical and mental benefits.
There’s always a safe stroll available at your local college
campus. Many schools have green spaces with trails and
nearly all have good sidewalks that connect their facilities.
Most importantly, colleges have on-site security and cameras that are monitored by staff personnel, making college
campuses among the safest locations in any town. I-L