Life in Atlanta

As the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics, headquarters of many prominent corporations (including Coca-Cola, CNN/Turner Broadcasting, Delta Airlines, Home Depot, and UPS), and home to internationally renowned organizations (such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Carter Center, two organizations with which Emory has active partnerships), Atlanta is a global city with a lot to offer.  

For the young professional, Atlanta can fulfill a wide range of interests. It is home to many excellent restaurants, has a great and varied nightlife, and is home to three professional sports teams (Falcons, Braves, and Hawks) and three Division I college sports teams (Georgia Tech, UGA, Georgia State). Additionally, there are a wide variety of outdoor activities within a short drive including Lake Lanier and Stone Mountain. Cultural and family-centric activities also are abundant in Atlanta, where visitors can spend a day at the Georgia Aquarium (the largest aquarium in the United States), explore the new exhibits at the High Museum of Art, or taste different flavors of soft drinks from around the world at the World of Coca-Cola.

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest airport in the world and the principal hub of Delta Airlines and AirTran Airways (recently purchased by Southwest Airlines). Hartsfield-Jackson affords most Atlanta residents a non-stop flight to almost any destination in the United States and internationally.

Housing in Atlanta

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  • Sites Emory residents may rotate at are indicated with green markers
  • Sites Anesthesiology residents live are indicated with red markers

Atlanta offers a reasonable cost of living, which is lower relative to other cities of comparable size and standing. Some residents own condos, townhouses, or houses, while others rent. Rent ranges from $800-$1400 for a one bedroom apartment and $1100-$2000 for a two bedroom, depending on both location and amenities.

Most residents live within a 10-20 minute commute of all of our affiliated hospital sites. Many affordable and friendly neighborhoods are within a short distance to both work and other great Atlanta sites. Some of these neighborhoods include Virginia Highland, Midtown Atlanta, Decatur, Inman Park, and Toco Hills.

Virginia Highland is a trendy family-friendly residential neighborhood in the heart of the city with many single-family homes and apartments. It features a number of unique restaurants, boutique stores, coffee shops and bars.

Midtown Atlanta is a primarily condo-based neighborhood with many high-rise buildings located on and around Peachtree Street. The area is very pedestrian-friendly, with many restaurants, shops and other establishments within a short walk.

Decatur is a small quaint town situated immediately adjacent to Atlanta, essentially a suburban town within the larger city of Atlanta. Downtown Decatur offers great restaurants, bars, and shops.

Inman Park, Cabbagetown, and Little Five Points are a few of the historic Atlanta neighborhoods located south of Emory University. Each area has its own style and culture. These areas have undergone a recent gentrification and offer many housing options, including single-family homes and apartments.

The Great Outdoors

Atlanta offers four distinct seasons, with temperate weather most of the year. There are a multitude of excellent parks in and around the city, including Piedmont Park, Olympic Centennial Park, and Stone Mountain Park. 

Just a short drive to the north, one can find whitewater rafting on the Ocoee or Chattahoochee Rivers or hiking on the Appalachian Trail. The beaches of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida are each about a four-hour drive away. Other major cities, such as Charleston, Charlotte, Savannah, and Nashville, are also within a half-day's drive.

Emory Area

Emory University is located in the beautiful Druid Hills residential area of Atlanta, approximately six miles northeast of downtown. With a population of nearly 5 million, Atlanta is a dynamic city with an increasingly diverse ethnic population. It serves as the educational, medical, business, and transportation center of the Southeast.

Emory University is a coeducational, private university. Founded in 1836 in Oxford, Georgia, the college moved to Atlanta in 1915, at which time the medical school was established. Emory's campus life is rich and varied, and the educational and research facilities rank among the very best available to students in the life sciences.

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