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New England's best college towns

Brown University is one of the many schools located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Brown University is one of the many schools located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Whether you are looking for a place to spend the next four years of your life getting an education, or you just want to move to a place that has a non-stop college atmosphere, you may want to consider bringing your moving containers to a spot in New England. There are plenty of locations throughout the Northeast that may have the exact requirements for your new locale. If one of these seems like a good spot to start fresh, it may not be a bad idea to contact your moving company and schedule a date to relocate.

When many people think of colleges and universities in New England, their first thought may be of Boston. This is because the city has a sizable number of higher education institutions. Not only is it the home of Boston University, Northeastern University and the Wentworth Institute of Technology, it is also not far from Boston College, which is located in nearby Chestnut Hill. Both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are located in Cambridge, across the Charles River. There are many other small schools in the city such as Emerson College, Wheelock College, Simmons College and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

New Haven, Connecticut
Another city in New England that is well-known for its higher education is New Haven. The city, located on Long Island Sound in Southern Connecticut, is the home of Yale University. However, while much of the downtown area borders Yale's school grounds, there are multiple other schools in the city and nearby. Southern Connecticut State University is located in New Haven, as is Albertus Magnus College. Just outside the city in West Haven is the University of New Haven, while Quinnipiac University is just up the road in Hamden.

Burlington, Vermont
Vermont does not have a huge population, and this can make it a great place for you if your preference is a smaller college town atmosphere. Burlington is the home of the University of Vermont, which is the most well-known college in the area. There are multiple other collegiate option in the state, but Burlington is also home to two other notable spots. Champlain College and Burlington College also call this city home.

Springfield, Massachusetts
Central Massachusetts is another area that is quite popular for those who want to live in an area that is dominated by a college atmosphere. The city is the home of Springfield College, as well as American International College and Western New England University. There are also a number of colleges just a short drive from the center of Springfield that may be attractive to you if living right in the city isn't your thing. Both Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst are just north of Springfield. Mouth Holyoke College is also not far from the city.

Providence, Rhode Island
While Massachusetts and Connecticut may have many colleges on this list, and other state that is filled with colleges and universities is Rhode Island. The state's capital of Providence is the home to some of the most notable places of higher education. Providence College calls the city home, as does Brown University. Johnson & Wales University is also located in the city. Those looking to get involved with the arts may enjoy the Rhode Island School of Design, as well. Located not far from the center of Providence is Roger Williams University, which is in Bristol. Not far south of the city is the University of Rhode Island, which is one of the larger colleges in New England.