College Town Living
A college town is a town or small city with a university that makes up the majority of its population, economic state, or social life.
College town living is like city living, but with its own unique style. There are still coffee shops, dance clubs, bars, shopping, and typical downtown areas, but it's the people who are unique in college towns. Residents tend to be a lot more accepting of personal eccentricities, more down to earth, and more ready to socialize than in most cities.
Contrary to their designation, college towns are not strictly for the college aged or affiliated. They just happen to have a higher than average concentration of college aged residents, and thus are likely to have more shops, activities, and services relative to the interests of a younger audience. At least in the area surrounding the college/s.
Many of the young-at-heart also love college town life because it is not quite as busy as city life, there tend to be a lot of social activities going on, and there are a lot of interesting people to meet.
School: Keene State College
Keene New Hampshire is a town with a nice community feel. The town center is very popular with plenty to do, and the outskirts of the town are wooded and nice to walk in. You could have the best of both worlds living in Keene, with a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts, just 10 minutes away from all the action.
Not too far outside the town are good places to go mountain climbing, and skiing and riding in the wintertime.
School: University of New Hampshire
Durham is a nice, quieter college town. It is a good place to call home if you don't like living in the city, but enjoy visiting them frequently. Portsmouth has many things to do and some quality restaurants, and it is only 20 minutes away. Another proximate, bustling New Hampshire city is Dover, which is only 15 minutes away.
School: Plymouth State University
Plymouth is located in a beautiful area of New Hampshire. Just an average of about 10 minutes away are numerous great outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoing, and skiing & riding in the winter.
Plymouth is the place to live for those with a sense of adventure, and who love to be outdoors. The school even offers a degree in Adventure Education!
The town has a bigger main street than Durham, and has a few more things to do. Good thing too, because it's a bit farther away from another decent sized city than the other college towns. Concord is a 40 - 45 minute drive south.
School: Dartmouth College
Hanover is a classy, well kept town. It has a quaint sort of charm, with the conveniences of modern living. With an Ivy League school in its midst, it is a sophisticated town with a nice taste of culture and the arts.