From “Ask Kit!”:
Q: we are searching for the “right” b anad b for us. We are looking now at one in a small town in New York state that is steps away from a 5,000 student university. What do you see as the pro’s and con’s of being in a small university town.
A: Well, I can’t speak specifically about a small university town, but I can talk about a university town in general. I’ll leave the fine-tuning of “small” to those who have experienced that. Livinf in a small town itself is different. I’ve recently moved from a “city” of 1000,000 people to a town of 500 (the county itself has just passed the 4,000 mark) and can tell you there are lots of interesting challenges and benefits of small-town living. The challenges are finding what you need to buy, be it food, hardware, medical, clothes or services. The benefits are that everyone knows you and is there to help you, to support you, and to share.
The prcs of a university town are that it’s a more stable community and economy, that there’s more of a year-round business than other small towns, and you have a diversity of thought and culture. I personally can’t think of a con of being in a university town.