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The proud home to the University of Georgia

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The quintessential college town of Athens, Georgia is all about the Dawgs! Home to the University of Georgia, Athens bleeds red and black. Because the city is so student-friendly, it ranks amongst the most affordable cities in the country, and is considered one of the top college towns and best craft beer cities, according to Fortune Magazine.

Athens features the university’s beautiful campus, stunning architecture, historic monuments, and a close-knit community of students and faculty. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA Arboretum, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the one-and-only Sanford Stadium. Athens’ thriving downtown district is home to some of the best restaurants, bars, specialty shops, and boutiques in the state, like the famous Mama’s Boy off Oak Street. Whether you’re interested in sports, live music, modern art, literary history, craft beer, or top-notch cuisine, this historic city has you covered.

Craft beer is on the rise nationwide, but Athens helped start the trend in Georgia. Home to Creature Comforts, Terrapin Beer Co, Normaltown Brewing Co, Akademia Brewing Company, and the Southern Brewing Company, there’s no shortage of craft beer, live music, and good times for Athens residents. Although Athens is known for being a hip college town, you don’t have to be a student or faculty member to enjoy this lively city. City parks, supermarkets, shopping malls, public schools, golf courses, and cozy residential streets are beloved by Athens’ community.

Explore the City

This one-of-a-kind double barreled cannon dates back to 1863 and the Civil War

This one-of-a-kind double barreled cannon dates back to 1863 and the Civil War

The Athens-Clarke County City Hall was built in 1845

The Athens-Clarke County City Hall was built in 1845

A lively mural painted during AthFest, a popular art and music festival

A lively mural painted during AthFest, a popular art and music festival

The Downtown Athens shopping district

The Downtown Athens shopping district

Statue of Ben T. Epps, Georgia's First Aviator

Statue of Ben T. Epps, Georgia's First Aviator

Cross Broad Street and step back in time

Cross Broad Street and step back in time

Rent Trends

As of December 2022, the average apartment rent in Athens, GA is $865 for a studio, $888 for one bedroom, $1,337 for two bedrooms, and $1,147 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Athens has decreased by -7.0% in the past year.

Beds Avg. Sq. Ft. Avg. Rent
Studio 477 sq.ft. $865 /mo.
1 BR 666 sq.ft. $888 /mo.
2 BR 1,053 sq.ft. $1,337 /mo.
3 BR 1,039 sq.ft. $1,147 /mo.

Transportation

Car-Dependent

45 out of 100 WalkScore® Rating

This area is considered a car-dependent area and most errands will require a car.

Somewhat Bikeable

42 out of 100 BikeScore® Rating

You might be able to find places to ride your bike in this area, but you’ll most likely want your car for most errands.

Demographics

Statistic Value
Per Capita Income $37,372
Median Household Income $50,797
Total Population 218,279 people
Average Age 37 years old
Average Rent $1,258
Annual Rent Change 36.37%

Schools

South Jackson Elementary School

Public Elementary School

6 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades PK-5

605 Students

Chase Street Elementary School

Public Elementary School

6 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades PK-5

603 Students

Timothy Elementary School

Public Elementary School

6 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades PK-5

572 Students

Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School

Public Elementary School

5 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades PK-5

579 Students

Barrow Elementary School

Public Elementary School

5 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades PK-5

576 Students

Coile Middle School

Public Middle School

4 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades 6-8

735 Students

Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School

Public Middle School

4 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades 6-8

692 Students

Clarke Middle School

Public Middle School

3 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades 6-8

789 Students

Hilsman Middle School

Public Middle School

3 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades 6-8

683 Students

Clarke Central High School

Public High School

5 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades 9-12

1,771 Students

Cedar Shoals High School

Public High School

3 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades 9-12

1,422 Students

Classic City High School

Public High School

3 out of 10 GreatSchools® Rating

Grades 9-12

76 Students

Points of Interest

Parks and Recreation

  • Georgia River Network
  • Trial Gardens at UGA
  • University of Georgia Observatory
  • Georgia Museum of Natural History
  • Bear Hollow Zoo

Military Bases

Top 10 Apartments in Athens

  1. Grand Preserve

    1-2 Beds, $1,650 - 1,850

  2. Pointe Grand Athens

    2 Beds, $1,549 - 1,609

  3. 755 Broad Apartments

    1-3 Beds, $1,700 - 4,235

  4. Ascent Athens

    Studio - 3 Beds, $1,423 - 1,951

  5. 130 Cole

    Studio - 3 Beds, $829 - 1,379

  6. The Columns at Timothy Woods

    1-3 Beds, $1,375 - 2,623

  7. Legacy of Athens

    1-3 Beds, $1,075 - 1,400

  8. The Oaks

    1-3 Beds, $1,099 - 1,595

  9. The Fairways at Jennings Mill

    1-3 Beds, $1,510 - 2,226

  10. Red Oak Village

    2 Beds, $1,400 - 1,600

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The quintessential college town of Athens, Georgia is all about the Dawgs! Home to the University of Georgia, Athens bleeds red and black. Because the city is so student-friendly, it ranks amongst the most affordable cities in the country, and is considered one of the top college towns and best craft beer cities, according to Fortune Magazine.

Athens features the university’s beautiful campus, stunning architecture, historic monuments, and a close-knit community of students and faculty. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA Arboretum, the Georgia Museum of Art, and the one-and-only Sanford Stadium. Athens’ thriving downtown district is home to some of the best restaurants, bars, specialty shops, and boutiques in the state, like the famous Mama’s Boy off Oak Street. Whether you’re interested in sports, live music, modern art, literary history, craft beer, or top-notch cuisine, this historic city has you covered.

Craft beer is on the rise nationwide, but Athens helped start the trend in Georgia. Home to Creature Comforts, Terrapin Beer Co, Normaltown Brewing Co, Akademia Brewing Company, and the Southern Brewing Company, there’s no shortage of craft beer, live music, and good times for Athens residents. Although Athens is known for being a hip college town, you don’t have to be a student or faculty member to enjoy this lively city. City parks, supermarkets, shopping malls, public schools, golf courses, and cozy residential streets are beloved by Athens’ community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Rent Rates

What is the average rent in Athens, GA?

The average rent in Athens is $1,258. When you rent an apartment in Athens, you can expect to pay as little as $865 or as much as $1,337, depending on the location and the size of the apartment.

What is the average rent of a Studio apartment in Athens, GA?

The average rent for a studio apartment in Athens, GA is $865 /mo.

What is the average rent of a 1 bedroom apartment in Athens, GA?

The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Athens, GA is $888 /mo.

What is the average rent of a 2 bedroom apartment in Athens, GA?

The average rent for a two bedroom apartment in Athens, GA is $1,337 /mo.

What is the average rent of a 3 bedroom apartment in Athens, GA?

The average rent for a three bedroom apartment in Athens, GA is $1,147 /mo.

Transportation

How transit friendly is Athens, GA?

Transit options in Athens vary, but overall, it has a transit score of 0.

Education

What are the top Elementary schools in Athens, GA?

In Athens, you’ll find top-ranking elementary schools like South Jackson Elementary School, Chase Street Elementary School, and Timothy Elementary School.

What are the top middle schools in Athens, GA?

Athens is home to some top-ranking middle schools, including Coile Middle School, Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, and Clarke Middle School.

What are the top high schools in Athens, GA?

Moving is tough for high school students! Look for Athens apartments near top-ranking high schools like Clarke Central High School, Cedar Shoals High School, and Classic City High School.

What colleges and universities are in Athens, GA?

If you’re a student moving to an apartment in Athens, you’ll have access to University of Georgia, Piedmont College, Athens, and Athens Technical College.

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