Top 5 Best College Towns for Music

1.      University of Georgia (Athens, GA)

This college town includes a wide variety of popular music and was an important part of the early evolution of alternative rock and new wave. The city is well known as the home of chart-topping bands like R.E.M, The B-52’s and several long-time indie rock groups. Besides an impressive resume of producing big-name artists, Athens also claims two of America's 40 Best Music Venues. Not to mention the campus is just hours away from two of the biggest music festivals in the country, Counterpoint and Tomorrowworld. For such a small town, this city pulls in some big names.

2.      University of Texas (Austin, TX)

Austin's official motto is the "Live Music Capital of the World". It certainly earned the title considering every night over one hundred venues are staging live music. Austin is also the home to many popular music festivals such as, South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual film, music and interactive conference/ festival and in the fall Austin hosts the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) and the Fun Fun Fun Fest.

3.      University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)

This amazing city contains a wide variety of music and music lovers. Boulder has everything from Indie Rock to Reggae to Electronic to Bluegrass. Big names such as Pretty Lights, Elephant Revival, Big Gigantic and the String Cheese Incident are all from Colorado and have a very big impact on the music scene. It’s no wonder why Colorado has so many big names coming through when it’s home to one of the best music venues in the world, Red Rocks Amphitheatre (less than an hour outside of Boulder). With Boulder being one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. and one of the best colleges in the country, it’s not a surprise that the music scene is superb.

4.      Boston University (Boston, MA)

The city of Boston is an especially large part of Massachusetts’ present music scene, which is best known for its several genres of rock, as well as classical, folk, and hip hop music. Boston is home to some of the best music venues in the U.S., such as The House of Blues, Brighton Music Hall, and The Sinclair.

5.      University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)


This college town is full of young, tuned-in music fans; keeping venues and promoters on their toes to book the hottest acts for relatively low-cost tickets. This beautiful city is open to all types of music, including old-time, bluegrass, art rock, college rock and jazz. Cool record stores, hip clothing shops and late-night dining options create a setting that pleases both college students and musicians alike.


Written By Meghan Hargaden