Transit-Friendly Housing for Atlanta College Students

Back to school for local college students often involves finding housing. Luckily, many of Atlanta’s universities are located near transit, providing an opportunity for students to save money by not having a car. See below for a list of some of Atlanta’s schools and recommended areas to look for off-campus housing that’s close to transit. See Apartments Near MARTA for all rental options.

Georgia State University

Georgia State is located in downtown Atlanta near three MARTA stations, making it one of the easiest campuses to commute to. Students can choose to live to the east or north of the school (or essentially off any rail line), since all trains connect to the university. In the east, Inman Park, Little 5 Points, Candler Park and Downtown Decatur are all neighborhoods near the rail line. To the north, some affordable housing is located around the North Avenue and Midtown MARTA stations and several apartment complexes are located in walking distance from the Lindbergh Center MARTA station.

Georgia Tech

Many Georgia Tech students find housing in Midtown since the university is located there. The school is a about a 15 minute walk from either the Midtown or North Avenue stations, and as a perk, the Midtown MARTA station has a free Tech Trolley shuttle to the campus. Some affordable housing options are located south of 10th Street down to Ponce de Leon Avenue. The North Avene MARTA station features newer apartment buildings, or students could also consider living downtown or near Lindbergh Center for easy access to Midtown via MARTA rail. For a longer commute option, Virginia Highland is serviced by bus 36, which also connects to Tech Trolley. For those who would rather walk or bike, look for apartments to the north and south of Georgia Tech, including around Atlantic Station.

Emory University

Emory University has apartments near campus, but for those who want to live a little further out, several bus and shuttle routes provide additional neighborhoods to choose from. MARTA bus 6 travels to apartments on Briarcliff Road near Virginia Highland and also provides service to Little 5 Points and Cheshire Bridge/LaVista and Lindbergh Center. Bus 36 also goes to Emory and also offers direct access to Morningside, Virginia Highland (along Virginia Avenue) and Midtown near Piedmont Park. For those wanting to use the free Cliff Shuttle, it stops at apartment communities on Briarcliff Road north of North Decatur Road and connects directly to downtown Decatur.

Atlanta University Center

Southwest of downtown Atlanta is the Atlanta University Center where you’ll find Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College. The campuses are in walking distance from the West End MARTA station (bus 68 and the AUC Shuttle from the station are also available as a commute option). There are apartments across the street from the MARTA station in West End as well as more housing options near the Ashby MARTA station on the blue/green line near campus.

Students could also consider living in downtown or Midtown off the red/gold line. Bus 3 travels through the campuses as another transit option, and services Sweet Auburn/Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park and Candler Park on weekdays, and provides access to H.E. Holmes and West Lake daily. Any neighborhoods along the blue/green rail line would also provide access to the Vine City station, where students can also connect to the AUC Shuttle.

Agnes Scott

Located in downtown Decatur, the Decatur MARTA Station is in walking distance to the college. If students would rather not live around campus in Decatur, neighborhoods around the blue rail line, such as Candler Park, Edgewood and Inman Park are options.


The main SCAD campus is near the Arts Center MARTA Station on the red and gold rail line. In addition to Midtown and Atlantic Station that are near the school, any neighborhood along the red or gold rail lines would provide easy access to campus. Downtown, Lindbergh Center, Buckhead/Lenox, Brookhaven or further north would all be suitable options.