Undergraduates: New freshmen and transfer students must be accepted to Georgia Tech in order to apply for on-campus housing. Applications received by May 1 are guaranteed a room reservation for the following academic year. Assignments for spring semester applications are made based on room availability. Although not guaranteed, GT Housing does not have a problem providing assignments for spring applicants. Students must make a $600 deposit to their Bursar account at the time of application which includes a one-time only $80 application fee.
- International House (I-House) is a vibrant community of world cultures, international outreach, foreign affairs, and enthusiastic students committed to a better understanding of how the world works beyond campus.
I-Film: Screening of international films or attending a film festival in Atlanta
I-Culture Nights: Events include salsa lessons, cooking classes, food tasting, and attending local performances by touring international entertainers
I-Dinners: Group meals featuring the cuisine and culture of a particular country or region
I-Outreach: Volunteer projects that serve Atlanta’s immigrant communities or address crises around the globe
Apply to I-House at https://oie.gatech.edu/ihouse NOTE: This ThinkBig program does not allow the participant to bring in any roommates.
Graduates and students with a family: The Graduate Living Center and 10th and Home Apartments on the North Campus are designated graduate/family residential facilities. New graduate students should submit applications by May 1st for best availability. Assignments for spring semester applications are made based on room availability. Although not guaranteed, GT Housing does not have a problem providing assignments for spring applicants. Students must make a $600 deposit to their Bursar account at the time of application which includes a one-time only $80 application fee.
Undergraduate and Graduate students: After assignments are completed students may view their room and roommate(s) information by returning to MY HOUSING, opening the current application, and clicking on “Room and Roommate(s) Info”.
Carefully read the Application/Cancellation Penalty Schedule and the entire contract before accepting the terms of the contract. Depending on your classification, you may share a room with another student of the same gender. The academic year housing contract includes both fall and spring semesters. There is NOT a fall only housing application unless prior approval is received from the Office of International Education. Termination of your contract will incur significant financial loss.
Students who require disability accommodation should register with the Office of Disability Services. The fall semester deadline is May 1, and the spring semester deadline is October 14.
- CORT: http://www.cort.com
CORT is a business that is able to rent furniture to international students for short or long-term periods of time. They also have a helpful apartment search at http://www.apartmentsearch.com/.
- Apartment List: apartmentList.com/ga/atlanta
- Sublet.com: http://www.sublet.com/spider/LeSearch.asp?state=Georgia&city=Atlanta+Area
- Zillow: http://www.zillow.com/atlanta-ga/apartments/
- Hot Pads: http://hotpads.com/GA/Atlanta
- Trulia: http://www.trulia.com/
- Airbnb: Vacation Rentals, Homes, Apartments & Rooms for rent: https://www.airbnb.com/
- Student.com: https://www.student.com/
You could stay in temporary housing and walk or drive around neighborhoods near campus looking for “For Rent” or “For Lease” signs.
Helpful Hints to Assist in Your Housing Search:
- If you are arriving early and need a place to stay during your search for housing, you can stay at a hotel in the area.
- Many International Student Organizations at Georgia Tech assist students in finding long-term housing in Atlanta. To find out if there is a student organization that represents your home country or region, consult Georgia Tech Student Organizations with the Office of Student Involvement.
- Contact an Apartment Locator Service (apartments are usually rented in person, but apartment locator services may assist you before you arrive). e.g. Apartment Guide
- Refer to the GT Parking & Transportation website for maps/schedules of campus shuttles and for information on alternative transportation, including MARTA.
- Remember to use caution and do your research regarding your rights and responsibilities as tenants. While most people offer legitimate deals, there are some out there who might see an opporunitiy to take advantage of someone who is not aware of their rights.
Georgia Tech is located in Midtown, an area north of Downtown Atlanta. Many apartments or other housing options are available within walking distance of campus and/or on the GT shuttle routes or city bus/railway routes. As with all cities, housing options vary from neighborhood to neighborhood as does the expense, safety and convenience of the neighborhood. Neighborhoods adjacent to Georgia Tech campus are:
Downtown Atlanta is the location of many corporate or regional headquarters, city, county, state and federal government facilities, sporting facilities, and is the central tourist attraction of the city. Downtown Atlanta is also home to Georgia State University. This area is a less common option for off-campus student housing for Georgia Tech students. Downtown Atlanta includes several hotels, restaurants and other attractions (including Centennial Olympic Park) as well as some residential neighborhoods.
Georgia Tech is in Midtown Atlanta, which is situated between Downtown to the south and Buckhead to the north. Midtown includes high-rise condos, apartments, hotels, skyscrapers with office space and busy shopping areas. It is also home to quiet residential neighborhoods, and Midtown's focal point is the expansive green space of Piedmont Park. Midtown Atlanta is a very popular place for students to live because of its convenient location. Midtown's proximity to Georgia Tech allows one to walk, bike or take the Tech Trolley to campus. Grocery stores, shops, hotels, restaurants, bars/nightclubs, and the large Piedmont Park are all easily accessible in Midtown.
Fox Theatre (660 Peachtree Street NE)
Woodruff's Arts Center (1280 Peachtree St NE)
Atlanta Botanical Garden (1345 Piedmont Ave NE)
Publix (950 W. Peachtree Street)
The Vortex (878 Peachtree Street NE)
Atlanta’s Westside offers a handful of apartment complexes and small homes, ideal for students. The area is rapidly developing, with new restaurants and niche shops blossoming on every corner. Though this means excellent additions to residents’ social lives, it also means increasing prices. The commute from Howell Mill or Marietta Street may not be feasible on foot, but the distance is still manageable with a car or provided shuttles by certain apartment complexes. Westmar, Alexan Metro West and Post Collier can all be found on the Westside.
Ormsby’s (1170 Howell Mill Road)
Figo Pasta (1210 Howell Mill Road NW)
Yoforia (1100 Howell Mill Road)
Yeah! Burger (1168 Howell Mill Road)
West Egg (1100 Howell Mill Road)
Octane (1009 Marietta St NW)
Atlantic Station is at the northwestern edge of Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. Atlantic Station is a residential and shopping community and is located approximately 1.6 km (1 mile) from Georgia Tech. One could walk (although it is a bit far), bike, or take a shuttle bus to campus. The nearby Target Department Store, Publix Grocery Store, and IKEA offer great convenience to students, along with extensive shops and restaurants. Atlantic Station is a new, attractive and comfortable place to live but can be a bit pricey.
Regal Cinemas 16 (261 19th Street NW, Atlanta, GA)
Moe's Southwest Grill (265 19th St NW, Atlanta, GA)
Target (375 18th Street, Atlanta, GA)
California Pizza Kitchen (265 18th St NW, Atlanta, GA)
IKEA (441 16th St NW, Atlanta, GA)
Home Park is a neighborhood in Atlanta, north of Georgia Tech roughly between 10th Street, Northside Drive, 16th Street, and I-75/85 (the Downtown Connector). Home Park is a community of houses and a large number of students live in this area and walk or bike to campus. Although the houses in Home Park are often older, they are usually a less expensive and practical option for college students (students typically rent a house together and pay per room).
Just to the east past Midtown, many students already frequent the Highlands for its restaurants, bars and shops. The Highland is known for attracting twenty-somethings and offering lower rents, while still having a mix of residents and being relatively safe. Though it will take a car, bike or long walk to MARTA to get to campus, it offers plenty of entertainment options within walking distance. It’s also home to multiple coffee shops for those who prefer such venues for studying.
Fontaine’s Oyster House (1026 N Highland Ave NE)
Aurora Coffee (992 N. Highland Ave. NE)
Yeah! Burger (1017 N. Highland Ave. NE)
Genki Noodles & Sushi (1040 N. Highland Ave.)
La Tavola Trattoria (992 Virginia Ave NE)
Buckhead is an uptown district within the city of Atlanta, Georgia, comprising over 100,000 residents. It is an upscale residential and commercial district with internationally renowned shopping and dining. Located approximately 9.6 km (6 miles) from Georgia Tech, Buckhead is somewhat far from campus and thus requires using public transportation (MARTA) or having a car. Buckhead features shopping centers and malls, hotels, restaurants, bars/nightclubs, and high-rise office buildings and condominiums.
Lenox Square Mall (3393 Peachtree Road NE)
Phipps Plaza (3500 Peachtree Road NE)
Buckhead Diner (3073 Piedmont Road NE)
Eclipse di Luna (764 Miami Circle)
Please visit the website of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information on Atlanta as well as a Map of Atlanta.
Vinings is more common to families and younger working couples, making it quieter and more expensive. The nightlife may not be as exhilarating, but the area offers its own social scene with plenty of restaurants, shops and parks to explore. It’s not uncommon to find excellent festivals and fairs on weekends, in case you are looking for something new and different to do around Atlanta.
Cumberland Mall (1000 Cumberland Mall)
South City Kitchen (1675 Cumberland Parkway)
Mellow Mushroom (2950 New Paces Ferry Road)
Figo Pasta (2941 Paces Ferry Rd)
Top Commercial Student Living Options near Georgia Tech
|Property Name||Location||Bedrooms||Lease Term||Amenities||Distance from GT|
|100 Midtown||Midtown||2 & 4||9-12 months||Furnished,rentincludesallutilitieis,parking$80/month||1.6 km (1 mile)|
|WestMarStudentLofts||West Midtown||2 & 4||3-12 months||Furnished, rent includes cable, internet & parking||1.6 km (1 mile)|
|M Street Apartments||Midtown||Studio, 1-3||3-12 months||Unfurnished, rent does not include utilities, community parking available||1.2 km (0.75 miles)|
|The Flats @ Atlantic Station||Atlantic Station||2 & 4||12 months||Furnished, rent includes water, cable, internet & parking||2.7 km (1.7 miles)|
Please note: The chart above represents housing options provided for your convenience. Neither Georgia Tech nor ISSS is able to recommend or directly promote any of these options.
The information above is about apartment complexes, but there are less commercial options as well. You could look for smaller rental properties, rent a room directly from someone, or share a house with other individuals. These options can often be less expensive and may provide more furnished options.