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Athens, GA collage

The University of Georgia is located in Athens, Georgia, approximately 1.5 hours from Atlanta.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Located south of Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson is a major international airline hub, served by major national and international airlines.


Visitor Information

Bulldog Limousine
Bulldog Limousine provides private town car and limousine service, as well as van service for larger groups.  Door to door service from ATL to Athens. Reservations required.

Groome Transportation
Groome Transportation currently provides 18 round trips daily between Athens and ATL. The shuttle picks up at one location at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Drop off locations in Athens are at various hotels, including the Georgia Center, The University of Georgia’s Conference Center and Hotel. Reservations are required. See schedule and routes.

Southeastern Stages
Daily bus service between Atlanta Airport and Athens. See schedule and routes.

Daily express bus service between Atlanta Civic Center MARTA Station and Athens. See schedule and routes.


Visitor Information


Athens Transit System
Athens has a city bus system that is free to ride for students, staff, faculty and scholars with a valid UGA ID card.  See schedules and routes.

UGA Campus Transit
The Campus Transit System provides fare-free transportation services throughout the University campus, to limited off-campus locations and to downtown Athens, weekdays and weekends. Transportation services also are available for persons with disabilities.

Taxi Services

  • Five Star Taxi: 706-549-2224
  • Golden Taxi: 706-543-5646
  • The Limousine Company: 706-227-1324
  • Top Dawg Taxi Service: 706-552-0744
  • United Taxi: 706-549-0808
  • Your Cab: 706-546-5844

Auto Rental Companies

  • Avis: 706-543-3904
  • Budget: 706-353-0600
  • Enterprise: 706-546-8067
  • Hertz: 706-543-5984
  • U-Save Auto Rental: 706-548-4960


Visitor Information

The University of Georgia campus is adjacent to downtown Athens.  Accommodations both on and off campus are convenient for visitors.

UGA Housing

UGA Campus Housing for Visiting Scholars
University Housing offers accommodations for both national and international visiting scholars and guests at the University of Georgia’s Health Sciences Campus, located on Prince Avenue.

Each visiting scholar or guest must be sponsored by an UGA department or program. In addition, the requested reservation must be for at least five (5) consecutive nights and not more than 365 consecutive nights without an exception being granted. Generally, requests from individuals visiting campus as part of their post-doctoral work will only be considered after all other requests are satisfied for the designated time period.

Rates Rent includes the use of all furnishings, appliances, parking at the unit and utilities.  The rates are calculated on a per night basis; monthly rates vary due to the number of days in a given month.

Visitors desiring accommodations at the Health Sciences Campus should complete and return a guest application to the housing office at the Health Sciences Campus at least three weeks prior the visit.

All applications must also be endorsed by the on-campus sponsor, who must agree to pay any rent or other charges not settled by the departing guest. Applications require the signature of the sponsor in the hosting department at the time of application.


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Georgia Center, The University of Georgia’s Conference Center and Hotel
Open to all Athens and UGA visitors, the Georgia Center is on campus and minutes from downtown.  Free shuttle service around campus and to and from downtown Athens and Athens-Ben Epps Airport.  Four on-site dining options.

Holiday Inn Hotel
The Holiday Inn Hotel is a full service hotel and adjacent to campus and downtown.  On-site dining is available.

Holiday Inn Express
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel Athens is conveniently located just two blocks from the University of Georgia in downtown Athens.

Hilton Garden Inn
The Hilton Garden Inn is located two blocks from campus.  The hotel offers a 24-hour business center. On-site dining is available.

Courtyard Athens Downtown
The Courtyard by Marriott Athens GA hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Athens just blocks from UGA.  Free high speed Internet access, WiFi, a 24-hour business center, large in-room workstation and access to meeting space.

Graduate Athens
Graduate Athens offers deluxe hotel room accommodations, including many services and amenities.

Hotel Indigo
The hotel’s downtown location is within easy walking or biking distance to Athens attractions, the University of Georgia, and public transportation.

Phone Service

In addition to your UGA email address, you will probably want your own phone while in Athens.  Although you can set up a landline in your apartment, a cell phone may be more convenient.

If you will be staying in Athens one year or less, a pre-paid phone is the best option because there is no contract to sign, and you can pay the bill online each month using your debit card.  Many different plans are available depending on how much want to spend.

To purchase a pre-paid phone, visit the electronic section of a major retail store such as Walmart or Best Buy.  If your stay in Athens will be longer, you can also sign a contract with a company such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile.  The store locations can be found via thewebsiteof yellowpages.

Health Service

It’s critical to have insurance before going to a health care provider.  If not, any clinics or hospitals may charge full price.  Often payment is due at the time of services.  Therefore, all international scholars must be covered by adequate health insurance.  You must carry health insurance for yourself and your family members for the full duration of your program.

The University Health Center
The Center provides various physical and mental health services to students and other eligible members of the University community.

St. Mary’s Health Care System
A private, non-profit, acute care network serving a multi-county area of northeast Georgia. In addition to hospital and long term care facilities, St. Mary’s provides home health care and hospice services, community wellness programs, and more.

Athens Regional Medical Center
A health care facility serves 17 counties in the northeast Georgia area and offers an array of specialized medical, surgical & diagnostic procedures.

Other Hospitals and Clinics
You will find information on hospitals and clinics located in Athens.


If you are interested in having your children attend school while you are here, visit the Clarke County School District website for information on school registration for grades kindergarten to 12.


University Childcare Center
University Childcare Center serves children of UGA faculty, staff and students as well as families of the Athens community. Children ages 6 weeks through 4 years are accepted. The facility is conveniently located in a newly renovated 12,000-square foot facility on UGA’s Health Sciences Campus. The center operates on the most stringent standards of national accrediting childcare associations with regard to child-to-teacher ratios, classroom sizes and teacher training.

Public and Private Childcare and Preschools
Quality Care for Children provides a searchable database of child care providers, afterschool programs, and summer camps. Athens-Oconee Parent Magazine provides a family resource guide with information on various childcare facilities and preschools.

Academic Assistance

UGA Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE)
The Division provides a wide range of services to help students achieve academic success.

DAE offers tutoring in many different subject areas. The Academic Resource Center supports students seeking assistance with chemistry, mathematics, reading, writing, ESL, and counseling.


Athens-Clarke County Unified Government
Official website provides information on the mayor, the commission, ACC departments, the courts, budget documents, election results and more.

How Do I?: A Guide to Athens-Clarke County Services
A guide providing contact information and explanations for everything from Absentee Ballots to the Zoo.

Community Resources

Athens-Clarke County Guide
A comprehensive guide to living in Athens, compiled by UGA Libraries.

Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau
Information on short-term lodging, attractions, shopping, dining, and activities you may be interested in.

University of Georgia Visitor’s Guide
Information on the University of Georgia as well as dining, lodging, shopping, and recreational activities around the UGA campuses.

Local Farmers Markets

Athens Farmers Market
The Athens Farmers Market offers locally grown and prepared food, crafts and works of art for sale. Open spring through fall, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at Bishop Park, and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. at City Hall downtown.

Oconee Farmers Market
The Oconee Farmers Market offers fresh produce items from regional farmers within a 100-mile radius of Oconee County, plus meat, bread and local crafts. Open April through November, weather permitting, on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Oconee County Courthouse in downtown Watkinsville.

West Broad Farmers Market
The Athens Land Trust’s farmers market, featuring produce, prepared foods, and crafts. Open on Saturdays spring to fall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Athens Locally Grown
An online farmers market featuring over 100 sustainable growers and food producers around Athens, Georgia. Custom order online Sunday-Tuesday evening and pick up orders at a downtown location between 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.