Emory University: What It's Like to Live in Nearby Neighborhoods

This college community and its surrounding neighborhoods offer plenty to do when you're not studying.
By: Gina Hannah
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Emory University is nestled in the midst of some of Atlanta's most desirable neighborhoods. And while you may be busy with classes or studying, there's plenty of fun activities to choose from when you're ready to take a break.

If you're a student attending Emory and living near campus, you'll soon realize that you're surrounded by some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the Atlanta metro area. The area also has a number of nice apartment communities, as well as condominium and townhouse complexes. As college areas go, it's a safe place to be, with enough restaurants, night spots, shopping and other activities to keep you busy and occupied when you're not studying.

Some of the best attractions near Emory are right in the Druid Hills neighborhood. Fernbank Museum of Natural history and the Fernbank Science Center offer engaging exhibits and activities year-round. For a quiet hike, head over to Fernbank Forest, which has 65 acres of wooded area. Or check out Olmsted Linear Park for a jog through beautiful landscaping. A short drive away you will find Medlock Park, Ira B. Melton Park, which has a single-track mountain bike trail, and the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, known for its quiet hiking trails and bird watching opportunities.

If you're looking for a place to eat or to hang out with friends, you'll find no shortage of options near the university or in its surrounding neighborhoods. Virginia Highlands is well-known for its trendy restaurants and night spots. The Dark Horse Tavern on North Highland is popular with the college crowd, as is Hand in Hand, which is known for its burgers and fish tacos.

Midtown is another popular neighborhood near the Emory campus. The Opera Nightclub is popular with college students who like electronic and hip hop music. CosmoLava, which has three levels and five bars, is another popular dance spot, offering an upscale atmosphere. For something more casual, check out Flip Flops, a tiki bar serving up tropical drinks year-round.

Closer to campus, Famous Pub sports bar on Druid Hills Road is a good place to hang out and catch a game on TV, listen to a live band or play trivia. Even closer to campus, Emory Village in Druid Hills has a number of restaurants, a coffee shop and other businesses not far from the university campus. For food and drink, check out Bad Dog Taqueria, which offers Mexican food in an Internet cafe atmosphere, or the Slice & Pint for Pizza and Beer. For a date night, try the Purple Corkscrew, a wine bar that serves light appetizers and crepes.

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