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Living in Atlanta

Resident Life

Atlanta is the 9th largest metropolitan area in the US, with a population of 5.7 million. Atlanta has it all: sports, culture, outdoor activities, and fantastic restaurants. No matter what you are interested in, you will find it in Atlanta!
Atlanta Skyline


Atlanta is home to the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Dream, and Silverbacks, as well as several college teams. If you’re interested in participating in sports, there are many Emory intramural sports teams that residents can join, including flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, and more! Emory also boasts an outstanding physical education center, the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (aka the Woodpec), which residents can join. The Woodpec, which is a 5-minute walk from EUH, has an Olympic-sized pool, a rock climbing wall, basketball and racquetball courts, and cardio and weight-lifting equipment. Group exercise classes are also available.


Atlanta is one of few U.S. cities with professional companies in all major performing arts disciplines: opera (Atlanta Opera), ballet (Atlanta Ballet), music (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), and theater (Alliance Theater). Atlanta is also home to many art museums, including the renowned High Museum of Art, the Museum of Design Atlanta, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.


Area Attractions

Atlanta boasts the world’s largest indoor aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium. Other popular area attractions include the World of Coca-Cola, the Carter Center and Presidential Library, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Atlanta Children’s Museum, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Zoo Atlanta.


Outdoor Activities

Atlanta is home to more than 300 parks; Piedmont Park, located in Midtown Atlanta, is the city’s premier green space. Piedmont Park hosts the free Atlanta Jazz Festival every Memorial Day weekend. Atlanta also boasts many popular biking and running trails, including the Beltline, a former railway corridor around the city that has been transformed into a multi-use trail. For people interested in hiking and camping, Atlanta is a short distance from the North Georgia mountains with spectacular trails and views.

Outdoor Activities


Atlanta is a foodie’s paradise! From the world’s largest drive-in (the Varsity) to traditional southern fare to ethnic food to off-the-beaten path restaurants, you’ll find it all here. Many neighborhoods host restaurant weeks throughout the spring and summer.


Atlanta is a vibrant city made up of eclectic neighborhoods, each with its own “feel.” Whether you want to live in a Midtown highrise or in a family-friendly suburb, you’ll find it here in Atlanta. Most of our residents live in nearby Decatur, Druid Hills, Morningside, and the Virginia Highlands neighborhoods. Atlanta has a low cost of living compared to other similarly-sized cities.