Retiring To A College Town

Looking for a new town to call home in retirement? There are so many things to consider if you’re thinking about making a move.  As you review your choices, consider retiring to a college town. Besides lots of high energy and fun-loving students, you’ll find lots of perks. These might be just right for the retirement lifestyle you’re looking for.

Educational opportunities are at the top of the list for what college towns have to offer. If you want to continue your education or learn something new, living in a college town is a given.

Look for programs for older students and audit classes for free or at reduced rates. If you don’t care about earning college credits, this could be your way to enjoy learning something new.  You won’t have homework or exams. Some schools offer continuing education specifically for adults 50+. If you’re looking to go back to school with students in your age group, this could be just the right program for you.

If you’re interested in teaching, living in a college town is an easy choice. Even if you aren’t ready to take on a teaching job, you might enjoy being a guest speaker in a class. Share your career experience with eager listeners.

Other part-time jobs are likely to exist at both the college as well as in the nearby area. In addition, if you’re not ready to totally retire, consider looking for a less stressful job in an environment that will keep you interacting with people of all age groups.

You’ll find a stable, steady economy in a college town.  The guaranteed influx of students requires housing, support services, bookstores and restaurants. If there’s a teaching hospital associated with the school, you’ll find medical resources there as well.

Remember being a student on a tight budget?  You’ll find plenty of affordable restaurant choices in a college town.  You’ll also find reasonable places for out-of-town visitors to stay. You could even consider earning some extra income by renting out a spare room in your house to a student during the school year.

College towns typically offer great entertainment choices. Go to concerts, lectures, plays and musical performances. If you like to follow college sports, find a town with a sports team you can cheer for.

Usually a college town will offer unique scenery and plenty of places to walk. If you’re interested in using public transportation, you’ll find that in a college town as well.

Looking for an energetic, youthful environment? Remember the days when everything in your life made you feel like you could conquer the world? Surround yourself with all that positive energy again and consider retiring to a college town.

Remember, it’s never too late to go back to school.


While many people find themselves afraid to retire, few understand the benefits of retirement coaching to help plan a smooth transition. The Retirement Style team is ready to help answer any questions about the retirement coaching process and help you plan for your retirement success.

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