This is the time of year when most college students head back into the classroom but it’s also the time many decide where they are going to continue their education.  For LGBTQ students, here are our picks for the top five gay college cities.

5.  Savannah, GA 

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah StateUniversity, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Gay Savannahis a top-rate tourist destination and location of several cultural attractions,including Telfair Museum of Art, full of grand architecture and American andEuropean paintings.  Savannah College ofArt and Design is one of the best art schools in the country, drawing liberaland LGBT students from all over, making Savannah a melting pot and excitingsouthern city.

4.  Boston, MA     

Northeastern University, Boston University, Boston College, Emerson College

Boston hosts a nice mix of restaurants andcultural attractions.  The gayshopper will fall in love with Newbury Street. Newbury Street boasts two milesof boutique shops, big-name stores, chic restaurants and outdoor cafes thatoffer some of the best people-watching in Boston.  The gay jock will be in heaven as Boston ishome to four of the most storied sports teams in the country. Even people whodon’t know a thing about sports have heard of the Red Sox, the Celtics, thePatriots, and the Bruins.  

3.  Columbus, OH

Ohio State University, Capital University, Otterbein University

A huge and active university – that’s OhioState—a vibrant, bustling gay scene and a plethora of art galleries putColumbus, Ohio on the short list for being one of America’s great under-ratedgay cities.  “The Advocate” agrees,calling it one of the 10 best off-the-beaten path U.S. cities for gays andlesbians to call home.

2.  San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University, California College of the Arts, University ofCalifornia, Berkeley (Nearby)   

The Bay area has a massive GLBT community. Thearea is constantly pulsing with energy acting as a meeting place for all thingsdiverse and of course the Castro is, “the” spot for leisure time San Franciscogay activities and events. Not to mention the Castro Street Fair and the annualSF PRIDE celebration festivities happen here each year.

1.  Austin, TX 

 University of Texas at Austin, St. Edward’s University, Huston-TillotsonUniversity

Often called the “Silicon Hills of theSouthwest” because of the major computing businesses in the area, Austin is oneof the fastest growing cities in the country. World famous for the eclecticmusic found in the area, Austin has a well-deserved reputation as the livemusic capital of the world. Gay travelers to this city will be pleasantlysurprised by the large gay and lesbian population of what is quickly becoming“Gay Austin.”

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