7.0 out of 10

Atlanta University Center

33.7492800654145 -84.4111468387778
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Professionals
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 10, 2012

"Cant Help Gaining Knowledge Here"

Atlanta University Center can be found in the southwestern portion of Atlanta, Georgia. It is located between Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW in the north, Northside Dr SW in the east, Interstate 20 in the south, and Joseph E Lowery Blvd SW in the west. According to REMAX, housing prices averaged $144,000 in the last quarter of 2010.

As the name indicates, Atlanta University Center is a collegiate part of town. It is home to four prestigious schools which include Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College. The Perimeter Mall and Lindbergh Plaza are both great places to shop. They provide a nice getaway for students stuck in their dorms.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy in this college neighborhood. Atlanta's public transportation system is great, and many restaurants and bars are only a bus ride away. Football fans will be excited to know that the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons, is only a few blocks up town. For those who seek sunshine, Washington Park is located just north of Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW. Atlanta University Center is a great place for adults, kids, and students alike.
Pros
  • historic institutions of higher learning
  • affordable housing
  • great local amenities
Cons
  • increased traffic due to student population
  • the surrounding area could be a lot safer for students
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 26, 2011

"A historic neighborhood of schools"

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) gets its name from housing the largest collective of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). It’s made up of four different schools: Morehouse College (all men’s school), Spelman College (all women’s institution), Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse School of Medicine. The four schools are relatively close in walking distance and are nestled between two different neighborhoods, West End and Vine City (these are also the names of the two corresponding public transportation train stations nearby).
Public transportation is just a step away for students without vehicles. The Marta trains make stops at most popular shopping centers including: Perimeter Mall, Lenox Mall, and Lindbergh Plaza. The transit system also makes it easy for accessing the Georgia Dome, Midtown, Civic Center, and the Hartsfield International Airport. Although there is not much of a nightlife scene in the AUC, several local clubs send charter buses to bus the students to local parties.
If you are considering studying at any of these prestigious top-ranking colleges, take your pick. A unique perk is that most of the AUC’s schools give students the opportunity to “cross-register” when taking courses. This means that you can be enrolled in one institution and register to take classes at a fellow AUC school without any worries.
Other perks include affordable housing as well as a close-knit community environment. The AUC is a great place for students and professors alike. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.
Pros
  • historic institutions of higher learning
Cons
  • the surrounding area could be a lot safer for students
Recommended for
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 21, 2011

"Historic Colleges Around Every Corner"

Atlanta University Center is home to some of the most notable historically black colleges and universities in the United States: Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, and Morris Brown. These prominent universities draw the cream of the crop students in pursuit of higher education at prestigious universities.

Because of the schools, housing in the area is affordable, public transportation is readily accessible, and local conveniences cater to the student populations budget. Residents of AU Center also have the advantage of a great location. Little Five Points, a popular artistic and eclectic community is in close proximity, as it Midtown, Downtown, and Buckhead.

This is a great neighborhood for not only students, but professionals, the trendy and stylish, and anyone else who likes affordable housing, great local amenities, and a great location.
Pros
  • historic institutions of higher learning
  • affordable housing
  • great local amenities
Cons
  • increased traffic due to student population
  • increased noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Nov 01, 2010

"Take another look at the 'comeback kid'"

If you think the only institutions of higher learning in Atlanta are Midtown Atlanta’s Georgia Institute of Technology and DeKalb County’s Emory University, then you’ve got another thing coming to you. Situated on the western side of Atlanta on the border of Northside and Martin Luther King Drives, you will find a lesser known area called The Atlanta University Center. Sometimes referred to as the “AU Center”, the Atlanta University Center is made of up several traditionally African-American colleges: Clark-Atlanta University and Morris Brown College and Morehouse College and Spelman College, a women’s university. Often overlooked by Atlanta locals, the Atlanta University Center institutions have been the beneficiary of Oprah Winfrey’s philanthropic, financial support due to its important role in providing affordable, minority higher education.

For sports fans the Atlanta University Center is neighbor to some prominent landmarks on or around Northside Drive, such as the world-famous sports destination, the Georgia Dome, the home of the Atlanta Falcons football team, the historic Pascal’s Atlant Restaurant, a soul food hotspot.

After many years of being touted as a undesirable area, the AU Center is making a comeback, taking its rightful place as a great place to live.

Why?

Area crime is on the decline. Amazingly, despite extensive redevelopment, it is still one of the most affordable placed to call home around the city; and yet it is only a few short minutes from Midtown, Downtown and even Buckhead attractions. Great new condos and apartments with great amenities in the AU have been added to the stock of historical homes.

The AU Center is up and coming. Check it out!
Recommended for
  • Singles