Why not keep those memorable days coming, and head back to a college town for retirement? We’ve gathered the
country’s best college towns—and with later-in-life learning opportunities, low cost of living, and top-notch hospitals,
these spots double as ideal places to retire. Read on, and prepare to have the best years of your life all over again ... minus
the grueling exams.
Beaufort, South Carolina
University: The University of South Carolina at Beaufort
Claim to Fame: Coastal Environment
Coastal Lowcountry brings a lot of bene;ts for retirement on
its own, like warm weather, a gorgeous coastline, and waterfront
wildlife. But with historic antebellum charm, this college town
couldn’t be a more relaxing place to retire. ;e University of South
Carolina at Beaufort has a friendly, intimate vibe with just around
2,000 students. It has two new campuses and one historic campus
in downtown Beaufort, and they’re all in close proximity to Hilton
Situated on Port Royal Island, water views are abundant. ;e
town is a jumping o; point for vacationers looking to explore the
Sea Islands, where loggerhead sea turtles, hunter egrets, and blue
herons roam around the gorgeous white sand dunes.
Voted the South’s best small town in Southern Living Magazine
in 2017, Beaufort is the ideal spot for anyone whose ideal retirement
involves kayaking, Lowcountry cooking, and warm southern sun.
Back to School,
Minus the Grades
THE 10 BEST COLLEGE TOWNS FOR RETIREMENT
By Emily Hackeling
It’s hard not to smile when looking back on your college years. Despite droopy-eyed library nights, backpacks weighed down with biology textbooks, and watery beers that cost less than a load of laundry, people o;en remember college as some of the best years of their lives. ;ere’s a reason for that: It’s time spent fully immersed in the people around you, taking every
waking moment to try di;erent hobbies, supporting causes you care about, and learning something
new every day. With libraries, sporting games, restaurants, theater groups, concerts, art galleries, and
festivals, the opportunities for fun never end in college towns.