November 4, 2011 — College towns can be very stimulating places to retire. Having young people around is invigorating. There are sporting events to attend, as well as very nice facilities such as gyms or pools that you might be able to use. You can take classes. The towns tend to be fun.
University Affiliated Communities
Several colleges and universities have set up university related retirement communities, usually Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) as part of their organization. These communities usually have the advantage of offering the closest tie-in to the campus and its programs and facilities. For example, their medical staff might feature doctors and other professionals from the university. You might be able to use the campus golf course and get seats to sporting events. Alumni, university employees, and former faculty often find these particularly appealing. Here are some examples:
The Village at Penn State. This CCRC is affiliated with Penn State in State College
University Commons. Part of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Oak Hammock Attracts Gators. A CCRC, Oak Hammock is affiliated with the University of Florida. Although located on a nice campus just out of town, there is plenty of interaction with the main campus, including its medical staff and students.
Galloway Ridge. This unique CCRC is located on the Fearrington Village campus in affiliation with Duke University. It represents an unusual opportunity for residents of an active community to move to a higher level of care yet stay on the same campus. One drawback is that although it is affiliated with Duke as far as the medical facilities go, it is in the country and not close to any college campus (thanks to Rich Beaudry for reminding us of this).
Academy Village. Located near Tucson, Academy Village has an astonishing array of programs such as the Arizona Senior Academy. It is near, but not officially tied to the Univ. of Arizona.
Longhorn Village. Started by ex-students at the University of Texas (how could you tell!) Longhorn Village offers the continuum of care. It is part of the very interesting Steiner Ranch community and near the UT golf course.
Austin Manor. Located in the beautiful small college town of Delaware, Ohio, Austin Manor is one of the only “inter-generational” communities. It offers plenty of opportunity to learn and associate with students at Ohio Wesleyan.
Active Communities in College Towns
In addition to active communities or CCRCs that are affiliated with universities, many college towns have unaffiliated developments that provide opportunities for connections with the college. Some of these college towns are big – like Athens, GA, which has several active communities, or much smaller like Village on the Cannon in Northfield, MN. You can find communities in well-known college towns like Princeton, NJ, or less discovered places like Wheatland Village in Walla Walla, WA.
Find more college towns
We have written several articles (referenced below) with lists of great college towns for retirement. You can also find them in our State Active Communities Directories (use orange “Find a Community” box at top right of most pages). Or use Advanced Search and choose College Town under Environment; you can also select other criteria to narrow your search.
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Comments? Do you know a great college town you would considering retiring in – as well as an active community there that is appealing”? Let us know via the Comments section below.