What Does it Take To Be the Best College Town?
While the college towns that topped the preseason poll for reasons beyond the gridiron, we won't judge you for making an end zone rush to visit.
Best College Town Criteria:
- A population under 200,000 (thus excluding favorites like Austin) so that the school has an incredibly strong impact on the town.
- A lively local scene with good, affordable restaurants, independent boutiques, and support of the arts.
- A dedicated and active alumni base.
- A healthy dose of Southern charm.
The home of Virginia Tech, in the New River Valley 45 minutes from Roanoke, feels blissfully off the grid. Hokie campus–a 2,600-acre green dotted with stone buildings and ancient oaks–meets downtown on College Avenue. Try local brews like Peachicot Blonde Ale and listen to live music at Top of the Stairs, a dive bar discreetly located in a charming white building.
**Readers' Choice Winner**
Blacksburg, VA was voted the best college town in the South by Southern Living's Facebook fans