Why Retire to a College Town?

Why Retire to a College Town?

It’s simple. It’s a place you can Live Well because it has:
  • A Creative Spirit: You feel the pulse of imagination and ingenuity from the trendiest art gallery to the mayor’s office, the library to the farmers’ market, riverside parks to adventurous restaurants. As a Princeton resident, Albert Einstein, put it, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”  In college towns, it passes on to you.
  • A Vibrant Economy: The creativity of a college town passes on to its economy in almost every case.
  • Courses to Take: In a college town, you can audit courses, continue your career development, pursue a degree, study online, and/or join a lifelong learning organization with a host of intellectually stimulating courses and travel opportunities.
  • Good Transportation : You can walk, board a bus, take a subway, hop a shuttle to wherever you want to go. In other words, public transportation is convenient, affordable, and a community priority.
  • Sports and Fitness Programs: College towns tend to put a priority on walking paths, bike lanes, hiking trails, inviting parks, excellent golf courses, accessible recreation centers with tennis and handball courts, and swimming pools. You might also have the opportunity to become a member of the university’s state-of-the-art center.
  • High-Quality Health Care: In the majority of towns where the university has a medical/nursing school or research institute, the affiliated hospitals and medical centers are frequently at the forefront of advances in areas of specialization such as cancer, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, and more.
  • A Wide Range of Housing: Towns that accommodate students and faculty, professionals and service providers, civic and business leaders, families and individuals, and people of all ages are places that offer many housing options, from apartments and condos to single-family homes and active/independent living communities.
  • Opportunities to Belong: College towns are diverse and busy. There’s always something going on because there are groups that make things happen. Volunteers, members, supporters are in high demand in college towns where you’ll be welcome at the libraries, science museums, sports clubs, recreation centers, historical societies, art galleries, faith-based organizations, music and dance organizations, and more.
  • A Sense of Place: Countless anthropologists, geographers, psychologists, and other scholars have tried to put their fingers on “sense of place” without much success. But you know it when you feel it, and college towns have it.