Our City

Taylor Werkema 14C

  1. Parkers on Ponce—great authentic steak house with unexpected culinary twists.
  2. Botanical Gardens—a gem right outside of downtown Atlanta, full of thousands of different plants as well as an edible garden with a fully functioning kitchen.
  3. Flying Biscuit—an authentic southern breakfast with a modern twist. To die for biscuits, get one with your meal and take a box of them home!

Kira Snyder 15C

  1. Braves game—Atlanta spirit. So different from any other team’s baseball games—super engaging and super fun!
  2. The Georgia Aquarium—every single kind of fish. They’re amazing. Make sure you see the sea otters!!
  3. Parish—especially for brunch, banana bread pudding- SUCH good Southern food


The heart of Atlanta is a mere 15 minutes drive from Emory College, and only a 45-minute shuttle ride from Oxford College. Atlanta is the Southeast's largest city, brimming with energy, diversity, and progressive thinking. Whether you’re a sports fan, drama geek, shopaholic, history buff, or foodie, you’ll find something to tickle your senses and sharpen your mind.

Get Personal

Beyond its big city feel, Atlanta is composed of over a hundred distinct neighborhoods, each with their own flavor and personality. Here's a quick rundown on some of our favorite spots in the city:

Virginia Highlands: Charming bungalow homes, boutique shopping, artist galleries, lively night spots, sidewalk cafes and restaurants all within a few walkable blocks.

Decatur: An off-beat, indie are close to Emory, with tons of public art, funky shops, and the historic old Decatur courthouse and city hall.

Midtown: The heart of Atlanta, with a bustling Saturday morning Farmer's market at Piedmont Park, music and theatre venues, and the new Atlanta Beltline, which provides an urban space to walk, run, or cycle.

Little Five Points: Dubbed L5P, this eccentric area is walking distance to Candler Park and boasts several live music venues and some of the best thrift-shopping in the ATL.

Eat Well

You'll have plenty of food options on-campus, of course, but one of the best things about the city of Atlanta are the dining options. ATL is home to some of the most delicious concoctions in the country. Don’t believe us? Try the peanut-buttery Fat Elvis Burger at the Vortex, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits at The Flying Biscuit, spicy pulled pork tacos at Taqueria Del Sol, or world-famous fried chicken at Mary Mac's.

If you prefer your food on the go, you can chase down one of Atlanta's many food trucks, which offer everything from Filipino pancit to artisan popsicles.

Go Outside

Sometimes the city life can feel overwhelming. Lucky for you, there are plenty of opportunities to get off the urban grid and retreat into nature—whether that involves paddling down the Chattahootchee River for a full-moon kayak ride, hiking up the side of Stone Mountain, or hitting the slopes for some skiing with Outdoor Emory. Not to mention the Nature Trail that extends out from the Oxford College campus, or Lullwater Park, a large wooded preserve nestled just across from the School of Nursing on the Atlanta campus.


The city of Covington's verdant, bucolic nature is an extension of some of the same traits that set Oxford College apart in character from the relatively vast and urban Atlanta campus of Emory University. Students who come to the "Oxfords" (city and College) are able to get a sense of the entire Emory story—from a grand idea with small beginnings to the giant of education, research, and service it has become.

Come Together

Covington Square is host to many long-standing traditions between Oxford College and the City of Covington, including "CultureFest", where incoming freshman set up booths and host performances and competitions to share the world’s diverse cultural expressions with the city’s residents. Activities include games, arts and crafts, and food samples, as well as fashion shows and dance competitions.

Go Local

Local attractions that have proven popular with students include a hand-dipped ice cream cone from Scoops, Thursday night trivia at Amici Café, a slice of pie from Square Perk, and authentic Thai food from Bangkok Grill. Students are also welcome and encouraged to get involved in the community beyond campus through local churches, schools, civic groups, and city committees.