As the world heads back to school, it's hard to fight off the romantic notion of going back to the ol' alma mater yourself—to put down roots in the no-doubt charming burg it calls home. You know, as a "townie." Going back to small town living probably doesn't sound too appealing now that you're a real adult. Thankfully there are many small cities that host top institutions, and, as luck would have it, many of them have more to offer than just classes and student unions. From inventive dining options, to world-class music, to ample outdoor recreation, these five college towns tick all the boxes for non-student residents.