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The Perfect College Town

This is your place. Your town. Your home.

Talk to any Bobcat. They’ll tell you that Athens is a special place. Our town makes us who we are – a tight knit community, rich in history and tradition that dates back to 1797. We work hand in hand with the city of Athens to create a truly one of a kind college experience. Whether you’re checking out one of our thriving local businesses on Court Street or hiking in the beautiful hills of Southeast Ohio, this place has something in store for you.

Don’t take our word for it. Come and experience why we’re one of the best college towns in the nation. 

Recognized for our charm

Our rankings speak for themselves. Athens has been recognized as one of the best college towns in the United States by:

Bleacher Report


Eat Local

Visit any local restaurant, bakery, or food truck in Athens and you’ll find ingredients that are grown in Southeast Ohio. Our small business owners take pride in supporting local agriculture and providing unique dining options for students and residents alike. Check out some of our hot spots. Grab a bite at our famous Burrito Buggy or get a boost at Donkey Coffee. We’ve got something to fuel any foodie.


Experience the Arts

Channel your creativity through the arts scene in Athens. Get involved in an arts project with Passion Works Studio or go see a concert in our historic venue, Memorial Auditorium. Whether you’re into visual or performing arts, the experiences available in this town are never ending.