20 Great College Town B&Bs

You can find B&Bs everywhere from urban cities to rural towns. Wonderful B&Bs can be found in some of America's most popular college towns, both big and small. If you're a parent visiting your college student or helping them move in, why stay in a generic hotel when you can enjoy the authenticity and character of a local inn? Here are some of the best B&Bs in 20 college towns.

Mansion at Judges' Hill

Austin, TX

Mansion at Judges' Hill

Stay only three blocks west of the University of Texas campus and very close to downtown. The inn is only a few miles from St. Edward’s University and Huston-Tillotson University. Mansion at Judges’ Hill has 48 elegant guest rooms with luxurious Egyptian cotton linens, plush bath robes, and free WiFi. Dine in the inn’s on-site restaurant for fabulous Texas cuisine.

The College Club of Boston

Boston, MA

The College Club of Boston

The Boston area is home to 52 higher education institutions, and each of the 11 rooms at The College Club of Boston are named after one of them. The Victorian brownstone in Back Bay is within walking distance to the theater district, Copley Square, the Public Garden, Beacon Hill, and many shops and restaurants.



Bradley Boulder Inn

Boulder, CO

Bradley Boulder Inn

This inn is within walking distance from The University of Colorado at Boulder. The 12 guest rooms feature amenities such as fireplaces, spas, luxury linens, and balconies with mountain views. A gourmet breakfast is followed by free wine and cheese each evening. Plus, enjoy access to a home theater with a movie collection, a business center, and health club.


Irving House at Harvard

Cambridge, MA

Irving House at Harvard

Enjoy the convenience of being within easy walking distance of Harvard University's main campus, and not far from MIT, Tufts, and Boston University. Irving House has been in business since 1945 and allows you to be very close to theaters, bookstores, and restaurants.




The Dinsmore House Bed & Breakfast

Charlottesville, VA

The Dinsmore House Bed & Breakfast

Get a taste of history at this circa 1817 B&B. Located in the heart of Charlottesville, The Dinsmore House is only one block to the University of Virginia and Hospital. It is also very close to the Historic Downtown Mall and only five miles to Monticello. Sip a glass complimentary wine or tea at the afternoon social hour.


German Village Guesthouse

Columbus, OH

German Village Guesthouse

Enjoy being only one minute south of downtown Columbus and less than 10 miles from Ohio State University. Located in the National Historic District, you have easy access to parks, restaurants, shops, galleries, and pubs. The inn has excellent amenities, such as snacks, fresh fruits, and juices available free 24/7.



Arrowhead Inn Bed & Breakfast

Durham, NC

Arrowhead Inn Bed & Breakfast

Originally built in 1775, this inn has been restored to its original beauty and updated with modern amenities. Arrowhead Inn is only a short drive to Duke University and a 15-minute drive from downtown Durham, but it feels a world away. It’s located on six acres of gardens with magnolia and pecan trees.



C'est la Vie Inn

Eugene, OR

C'est la Vie Inn

Experience French hospitality at this quiet, four-bedroom B&B. It is within walking distance to downtown Eugene and a very short drive to the University of Oregon campus. Play on the Steinway piano or play chess or Scrabble in the upstairs library. Sip wine in the garden. All rooms have fireplaces, plush bathrobes, cable TV with HBO and Showtime.


Sweetwater Branch Inn

Gainesville, FL

Sweetwater Branch Inn

Experience Southern hospitality at this B&B in historic downtown Gainesville, very close to the University of Florida. It consists of two 1885 Victorian homes and two cottages, with 18 unique guest rooms total. Be pampered with a full gourmet breakfast and complimentary wine and cheese in the evening.



231 Dogford Bed & Breakfast

Hanover, NH

231 Dogford Bed & Breakfast

Relax on a peaceful New England hillside while enjoying the convenience of only being six miles from Dartmouth College and 10 miles from the Dartmouth Skiway. The B&B has two guest rooms, but only offers one booking at a time for privacy, making it perfect for a small group or family.



The William Henry Miller Inn

Ithaca, NY

The William Henry Miller Inn

Located in downtown Ithaca, this inn is in walking distance to Cornell University. In fact, it was built in 1880 by Cornell's first architecture student. Also within walking distance are 50 restaurants, The Kitchen Theatre, the beautiful Cascadilla Gorge, and Ithaca Falls. In addition to a gourmet breakfast, indulge your sweet tooth with a free dessert buffet every evening.


Speckled Hen Inn

Madison, WI

Speckled Hen Inn

Experience tranquility at this B&B on 50 sprawling acres, featuring orchards, a walking trail, vegetable gardens, and grazing llamas and sheep. It’s located only 7.5 miles from Capitol Square and University of Wisconsin. Your homemade breakfast features local vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheeses. Take advantage of the home theater, library, guest kitchen, and piano.

Mulberry House

Nashville, TN

Mulberry House

Mulberry House is a stand-alone cottage, offering ultimate privacy. Stay only a few miles from Vanderbilt, Belmont, and Lipscomb Universities, in addition to downtown Nashville, Music Row, and Radnor Lake. The cottage is equipped with a washer and dryer, HDTV with HBO, Bose surround sound, a fenced patio, and more.


Farnam Guest House

New Haven, CT

Farnam Guest House

If you’re visiting your college student at Yale, you’re in luck—this elegant seven-room B&B is only 1.25 miles from Yale’s Old Campus. Unwind in the parlor, where you have access to books, games, DVDs, a computer, grand piano, and a fireplace. With self-check-in service available, you can arrive at your own convenience. There is also a guest kitchen and laundry facilities.


The Barn Loft at Willowdale Farm

Oxford, MS

The Barn Loft at Willowdale Farm

Explore life on a working farm only eight minutes away from the Ole Miss campus. The Barn Loft at Willowdale Farm sits on 33 pastoral acres with grazing goats, an organic vegetable garden, fruit trees, and chickens for fresh eggs. Sit on the porch and experience tranquil country life, then hop in the car and explore downtown Oxford in less than 10 minutes.


Inn at Glencairn

Princeton, NJ

Inn at Glencairn

This restored 1700s Georgian manor puts you in close proximity to Princeton University. Savor breakfast with fresh ingredients from local orchards and organic farms. Relax in the 500-square-foot Great Room and play a game, read a book, or warm up next to the fire. The five rooms feature luxurious amenities such as feather beds and Egyptian cotton linens.


Christopher Dodge House

Providence, RI

Christopher Dodge House

Brown University is only a short walk away from Christopher Dodge House, as is downtown Providence and Providence Place Mall. The Italianate mansion is a short drive to Providence College and Johnson and Wales University. Most of the spacious guest rooms are equipped with gas fireplaces or stoves. Get free access to a fitness center that is just a five-minute walk away.

Oliver Inn

South Bend, IN

Oliver Inn

This 25-room Victorian inn is only 2.5 miles from both University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s Cottage. Relax in the library in front of the fire, eat a complimentary snack from the butler’s pantry, and unwind in the gazebo on the manicured grounds. Awake to a candlelight breakfast by the fire accompanied by live piano music.


Fleur-de-Lys Mansion

St. Louis, MO

Fleur-de-Lys Mansion

Feel like royalty in this elegant restored turn-of-the-century manor, which is convenient to Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University. Be pampered with 600-thread count lavender rinsed cotton sateen sheets, double-layered bath robes, and in-room iPod docking stations. Two rooms have Jacuzzi tubs. Sip free complimentary liqueur in the parlor, unwind in the B&B’s indoor hot tub, and enjoy a glass of wine in the peaceful garden patio.

The Big Blue House

Tucson, AZ

The Big Blue House

The Big Blue House is very close to the University of Arizona and within walking distance to restaurants and shops. Located on University Bike Boulevard, the inn offers loaner bikes you can use to explore the area. Enjoy modern amenities, such as all premium movie channels and free bottled water, while experiencing the ambiance of a historic turn-of-the-century home.