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Living in Atlanta

Background and General Information

Atlanta is the capital and the most populous city in the state of Georgia, with an estimated 2011 population of 432,427. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5,457,831 people and the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Atlanta is considered an "alpha(-) world city, and with a gross domestic product of US$270 billion, Atlanta's economy ranks 15th among world cities and sixth in the nation. Although Atlanta’s economy is considered diverse, dominant sectors include logistics, professional and business services, media operations, and information technology. Topographically, Atlanta is marked by rolling hills and dense tree coverage. Revitalization of Atlanta's neighborhoods, initially spurred by the 1996 Olympics, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the city's demographics, politics, and culture.

Source: Wikipedia

Atlanta Park Picture

Things to do in Atlanta

There are a multitude of things to do in and around Atlanta.

From the aquarium to the World of Coke Museum, to hiking at Stone Mountain and shopping in Atlantic Station, to international farmer's markets, there is no doubt that students and their families can spend weeks exploring Atlanta! The visitor's bureau website has a great selection of things to do in Atlanta.

Some popular tourist destinations include:

Georgia Aquarium

World of Coca-Cola

Stone Mountain

Savannah - weekend trip

Buford Highway International Farmer's Market

Atlantic Station

Atlanta Braves Baseball

For more information, please view our "Discover Atlanta" document, with many suggestions of destinations in and around Atlanta created especially for Emory's international student population. 

Housing Options

There are many option for living in Atlanta and near Emory. The housing prices are very reasonable, but it depends on the area where you live. Undergraduate students live on campus their first and second years, and can choose to live on campus their third and fourth years on the Clairmont campus. There is no on-campus housing for graduates, but there are a variety of apartment housing options nearby.

Off Campus Housing Resource Guide Spring 2014

Our recently updated Off-Campus Housing Resource lists dozens of local and nearby apartment complexes that Emory international students have used in the past. Tranportation information, amenities, costs, and more are provided.

Georgia Landlord Tenant Handbook 

Emory Off-Campus Housing Website

Please use at your own risk! Emory Housing does not check every posting for its legitimacy.

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