Finding a Place to Live
Where should you live? All else being equal, it’s probably best to live close to a MARTA rail line. Atlanta traffic is horrendous, so the less you have to drive or be stuck in a bus, the happier you’ll be. GSU is in the middle of downtown Atlanta, with two MARTA stations (Five Points and Georgia State) right next to campus, so you can get to campus pretty quickly from any MARTA rail line.
As a student, you can get a monthly MARTA pass at a discount. Other considerations that are important, of course, are whether the neighborhood is safe and affordable. With that in mind, here are some plausible areas in which to live (please note that this is not exhaustive):
There are a number of nice, safe, and affordable areas along the east MARTA line: Inman Park, Little 5 Points, Candler Park, and Decatur. Along the North MARTA line, Midtown is nice, especially near Piedmont Park, if you can find an affordable place, which you probably can’t. Other neighborhoods that aren’t right next to a MARTA line but are still fairly close in are Grant Park, East Atlanta, Cabbagetown and Virginia Highlands.
- Atlanta Promove
Free help with finding apartments, recommended by some of our grad students.
- Emory University’s Off Campus Housing
You can find things there that aren’t listed anywhere else and landlords welcome students.
- Craig’s List Atlanta
This website is also a good place to find listings for housing or roommates before they appear anywhere else.
- Padmapper. Enter in your search parameters and have the results, culled from Craigslist and other sources, displayed on an easily searchable map. Zip codes to search within include 30307 (Inman Park/Candler Park), 30312 (Old Fourth Ward/Grant Park), 30317 (Edgewood/Kirkwood), 30030 (City of Decatur) and 30303 (Downtown).
- Apartment Guide
Lists things from property management companies and is worth checking out.
- AJC (Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the local newspaper)
Some of the most promising houses and apartments are not advertised at all. Many people rely on yard signs and drive-by traffic. Don’t assume that all properties for rent are listed. If you have a car available, try to drive around the neighborhood where you would like to live and keep your eyes open for “For Rent” signs.
- On-campus housing
GSU does offer limited on-campus housing for graduate students at University Lofts, although it is more expensive than most apartments.