Visiting College Campuses in Summer
When students pour out of lecture halls and abandon their school-year stomping grounds for the summer, it’s the perfect time to check out the shops, restaurants, bars, museums and parks that make college towns buzz – and at a discount to boot. With deals up to 60% off on stays near campuses across the country, alumni can revisit old haunts and curious observers can see what makes people so loyal to their college towns.
The Deal Experts at Travelzoo have found that these hotel deals make the grade, with discounts through summer and some even into early fall:
- State College, Penn., home to Penn State University: At 55% off, take a B&B retreat for two to The Atherton Hotel, just one block from campus. This summer, rates have been discounted starting at $89 per night.
- Baton Rouge, home to Louisiana State University: Less than three miles from the university, the AAA 4-Diamond Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center has cut stays this summer by 40% to $95 per night.
- Columbus, home to Ohio State University: $109 & up -- Columbus Hotel near Campus w/Breakfast
- Cambridge, Mass., home to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology: $149-$199 -- Cambridge Hotel near Universities, Save 20%
- Berkeley, home to University of California, Berkeley: $119-$159 -- Weekends at Oakland Hotel by Berkeley, 50% Off
- Austin, home to the University of Texas: A 10-minute drive from campus and the shops and restaurants along Guadalupe Street, a central Austin hotel has cut rates to $93-$127 per night for stays through August. This is up to 30% off prices of when college kids return to school.
- Burlington, home to University of Vermont: $139-$169 -- Hotel near Downtown Burlington incl. July 4th
- Chapel Hill, home to University of North Carolina: $103 & up -- NC: Chapel Hill Hotel near University, 30% Off
- Boulder, home to University of Colorado: $109-$149 -- 4-Diamond Hotel near Downtown Boulder, 60% Off
- Athens, home to University of Georgia: $99 -- Athens Hotel near University incl. Wi-Fi & Breakfast
- Charlottesville, home to University of Virginia: $109-$119 -- Va.: Charlottesville Hotel incl. Breakfast
- Towson, home to Towson University: $179-$259 -- NYC: 4-Star Midtown Boutique Hotel, Save 25%
- Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, home to Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland Institute of Art: $129 -- 4-Star Cleveland Hotel by University Circle, 40% Off
- Minneapolis, home to University of Minnesota: Near the riverfront in the University District, the Commons Hotel boasts a book concierge and Sudoku puzzles with room service for $129 per night including a $25 credit. This is 40% off current prices.