Simply College Visits: University of Georgia

As 2019 rolls in, juniors will start ramping up college visits.  Taking a guided tour and information session is the best way for students to understand what the school has to offer and if it will be a good fit.  However, registering for the campus visit is only one piece of the puzzle.

To help families plan college visits, we’re introducing a new series: Simply College Visit Guides. Each post will break down where to eat, stay, and play in college towns throughout the country. These will all be places Lindsay has visited and personally recommends. To start the series off here is Simply College Visits: University of Georgia.  


  • Zombie Coffee & Donuts (350 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601): Located in downtown Athens, stopping by Zombie Donuts allows you to get a great feel for the town. The best part? You can build your own donut, with unlimited toppings!

  • Cali n’ Titos (1427 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30605): As someone who lived in Miami for seven years, I was a bit dubious about the Cuban food Athens could offer. However, I was proven wrong by Cali n’ Titos.  Keep in mind that it is cash only.

  • 5&10 (1073 S Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605): Hugh Acheson, a former Top Chef judge, has several restaurants in the Athens/Atlanta area. 5&10 is less than a mile from UGA and delivers an eclectic menu and fresh food.


  • UGA Hotel & Conference Center (1197 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30602): What better place to stay than right on the UGA campus? The hotel even provides a complimentary shuttle you can use to travel throughout the campus and downtown Athens. Ask about special rates for Office of Admissions visitors.

  • Country Inn & Suites (236 Old Epps Bridge Rd, Athens, GA 30606): Around 2 miles from campus, you have easy access to everything Athens & UGA has to offer.

  • Courtyard Athens Downtown (166 North Finley Street, Athens, GA 30601): The best part about this hotel is the quick walk to downtown Athens & UGA.


  • UGA State Botanical Gardens (2450 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605):  With over 300 acres and multiple walking paths, you can easily spend an afternoon exploring the gardens.

  • Antebellum Trail (280 E. Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601): This 100-mile trail begins in Athens and ends in Macon, GA.   Exploring the Athens section will lead you to some of the area’s most historic sites.

  • The Tree That Owns Itself (277 S Finley St, Athens, GA 30605):  A local legend, this tree is said to have legal ownership of not only itself but the surrounding land.