By the end of their first semester, many Tech students come to realize that their location on campus matters. In the weeks leading up to housing selection, students carefully choose the dorm building closest to their major’s academic building, their favorite dining locations or the homes of their extracurricular activities.
But in addition to these considerations, other things to keep in mind are what occupies students’ time when they aren’t working hard on their schoolwork or eating dinner.
While the activities around campus and beyond might not be counted for a grade, they still have some sway over where a student chooses to live.
In this inclusive guide, we’ve highlighted major spots around Tech and Midtown that should be considered when picking a place to live.
North Avenue Apartments
On the Southeast corner of campus, the North Avenue Apartments mark the border between Tech’s campus and the surrounding city of Atlanta. This location is a highway bridge away from Tech Square and the Midtown restaurants beyond. Students can study with a latte Land of a Thousand Hills, see a play at the Fox Theater or drink boba from Sweet Hut or Tea Corner.
Fourth Street Apartments
When looking at apartment-style housing, many students fail to consider locations in the center of campus. The Stein, Hayes, Gray, and Goldin Houses have limited space and subpar amenities, but are less than a five minute walk from Tech Green and many of the surrounding academic buildings. Students who enjoy frat-hopping on a Friday night or tailgating before a big home football game will enjoy living in the center of all of the action.
Maulding and Zbar
While some students spend their weekends partying vigorously, others will work their bodies in different ways.
Maulding and Zbar are located right next to the Campus Recreation Center and the accompanying Stamps Field. Whether they are being used for marching band practice or laps around the track, the amenities offered by the CRC are unparalleled by any other gym on campus.
While the West side of campus is often frowned upon for its quiet atmosphere away from Greek Row, Crecine, Center Street and Eighth Street Apartments are all conveniently located for several vibrant party spots right off of campus.
Of the iconic restaurants surrounding Tech, Rocky Mountain Pizza stands out as a favorite. With biweekly trivia nights, televisions playing fan-favorite sports and a menu featuring everything from wings to pizza, Rocky Mountain is a lively location for competitive spirits.
Across the street, Tech Plaza offers Sublime Donuts, Lucky Buddha and Firehouse Subs as options to grab a quick bite on the way to a party in Home Park.
Woodruff and Nelson Shell
Woodruff and Nelson Shell, seemingly far off from everything convenient, lie close to West Midtown, a Portlandian oasis of coffee and restaurants. Westside Provisions alone contains so many Atlanta food gems, from Jeni’s Ice Creams to Taqueria Del Sol, as well as a plethora of shopping locations. Other highlights include Chattahoochee Coffee Company and Goat Farm Arts Center.
On the North side of campus, the Graduate Living Center and Tenth and Home apartments are located conveniently close to Atlantic Station, where there is a Regal IMAX movie theater, Bodies: The Exhibition, and plenty of shopping to choose from.