Tuscaloosa & Environs
The University of Alabama is situated on 1,000 acres beside the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa. The city has a population of 95,334 (2013 Census) while the metropolitan area is home to 235,628, including 37,665 students enrolled at UA as of Fall 2016. The mountains of northern Alabama, the beaches of the Gulf Coast, the New South cities of Atlanta and Birmingham, are all within a few hours' drive, and the Southern Crescent passenger train runs from Washington through Atlanta and Tuscaloosa to Old World New Orleans. The state of Alabama is rife with waterways, dense with forests of pine, and drenched in a subtropical climate that makes for a nearly year-round display of flowering plants and trees.
Tuscaloosa County is home to artists of many stripes: potters, blues & jazz musicians, woodworkers, blacksmiths, college bands, painters, photographers, glassblowers, sculptors in fabric and steel. The area provides many cultural activities including the Kentuck art festival and an independent film series beneath the twinkling stars of the cathedral ceiling of the historic Bama Theater.
The Department of English is highly involved in community activities such as the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, Writers In The Schools (WITS), the Creative Writing Club, Book Buddies, and an elementary school program called ARTS.
With the Black Warrior River and several hiking trails, Tuscaloosa offers many opportunities for outdoor activities such as rowing, hiking, and bicycling. Famous for that grand ol' gridiron tradition, and a host of other intercollegiate sports, there's always an opportunity to partake of sports and recreation as both a spectator and a participant.
From casual to fine dining, Tuscaloosa’s many restaurants offer options ranging from local specialities to ethnic cuisine—BBQ and the venerable "meat-and-three" as well as Thai, Indian, Japanese, and Turkish fare.
Tuscaloosa’s nightlife is alive with diverse bars and clubs located on The Strip near campus and in the downtown area.