So You’re Going to Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus? Here’s What You Need To Know.
First, we’ll break down what Georgia Southern is and discuss resources you may find helpful near campus. Then we’ll wrap up by discussing some of the fun things to take advantage of before you graduate.
Georgia Southern University’s flagship campus is in Statesboro, where the bulk of students attend classes. In 2016, Georgia’s Board of Regents voted to merge Georgia Southern with Armstrong State University, becoming known as Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus.
Armstrong sits at the very edge of Savannah’s south side, far away from the downtown area. Things are a little slower on this part of town. The college hosts around 6,500 students on a 268-acre campus, near plenty of affordable neighborhoods and apartments. It is worth noting that it is helpful to have a car available, as the bulk of Savannah’s traffic does pass through here. But as you’re attending college, you’ll see that the south side has a lot to offer that the downtown area doesn’t have. For example:
Grocery Store Options
Downtown Savannah has one grocery store: Kroger on Gwinnett Street, two to three blocks away from the park. The south side has a ton of grocery options, some within walking distance of Armstrong’s campus. These include:
- Publix- 5500 Abercorn St #2, Savannah, GA 31405
- Kroger- 311 E Gwinnett St, Savannah, GA 31401
- Target- 1907 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404
- Whole Foods- 1815 E Victory Dr Ste 101, Savannah, GA 31404
- Walmart Neighborhood Market- 10530 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31419
Affordable Housing Off-Campus
With SSU being nearby, your housing options are very similar!
- Ascend Midtown Apartments: First thing to say is that comes very highly recommended by residents of the apartments in this East Savannah apartment. While these apartments are not student housing, the complex is rented out majoritively by SSU students. Clean, well managed and maintained and close to Island ExpressWay which makes it super easy to get to the Islands or get to Downtown.
- The Retreat at Savannah: Also, located in East Savannah, you are walking distance to parks and water and just a short drive to campus and Thunderbolt! The property has recently undergone renovations and improvements which has left the complex looking and feeling fantastic.
- The Duplexes at Victory: Heading west of campus, across the Harry Truman Parkway, you will find a different style of living. Still close to school, you are close to the happenings of Midtown. These duplexes are newer, so they are beautiful and well maintained rented by other college students like yourself.
One of the most important necessities for any college student’s success is a quiet, comfortable place to study or work on assignments. Fortunately, there are a ton of on-campus resources for that.
Armstrong’s Lane Library (6 Library Dr, Savannah, GA 31419) offers two floors of workspace opportunities, packed with books and desktop computers. Students should explore the upper floor for study spots, as the second floor is far more quiet than the first.
The Learning Commons (11935 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31419) is right around the corner from Lane Library. The space features top-of-the-line computers, as well as significantly larger group spaces. Students can also rent rooms (for free!) that come with white boards, desktop computers, and comfy chairs.
If you’re trying to get off campus, there’s a public library branch right next to the Savannah Mall. The Savannah-Chatham Live Oak Public Library (9537 E Henry St, Savannah, GA) is a roughly 20-minute walk from campus. Students can apply for a free library card that grants them access to all technology resources at the library’s more than 10 locations throughout the city.
Did you bring a four-legged friend to college with you? If so, you have to visit one of Savannah’s best-kept secrets: the Mohawk Dog Park (1134 Mohawk St, Savannah, GA 31419). This park is situated right off of Mohawk Street, behind the Savannah Mall. The dog park features a running track situated right next to a lovely lake. Take the track to arrive at the two different park spots: one for small dogs, the other for big dogs. Good luck finding anyone here —it’s far off the beaten path, a place that only locals know about.
One of the best things about Savannah is how close it is to the water. You could go to Tybee and pay for parking to be near the beach. Or you could visit historic Bell’s Landing, a scenic boat ramp overlooking the Little Ogeechee River. Alternatively, Coffee Bluff Marina is only a short drive away. The shady trees along Coffee Bluff Drive turn into a beautiful marina at the end of the street, featuring a small playground, a place for a picnic, a bait shop, and opportunities for sunbathing. You could also launch your boat from this location but….there’s a pretty good chance that you don’t own a boat, since you’re a college student and all.
We are so excited to have you here in the city, whether this is your first semester, your last or you’re planning your college decision. We want you to wish you the best of luck on your journey, wherever it takes you! Most importantly, be safe, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and have fun. It goes by all too fast.