Life in Greenville

Greenville is an incredible place to live for anyone. Fantastic weather and year-round amenities are only part of what Greenville has to offer.

The attractiveness of Greenville is gaining national recognition, with a list of accolades that keep growing. Here are a few of the more recent:


Greenville is very affordable with a cost of living below the national average. From its thriving, active downtown to the easily accessible suburbs, the variety of areas to live in appeals both to urbanites and to those seeking a parcel of the countryside. Reasonably priced apartments abound downtown, allowing you to live, work, and play all by walking or biking. Similarly, the suburbs provide both a wide range of apartments or houses to buy or rent. We have faculty and residents who live all over Greenville and many residents opt to buy houses in the reasonable real estate market here in Greenville.

Around Town

Renowned restaurants and bars line Main Street downtown with additional eateries in nearby neighborhoods including Woodruff Road and in Traveler’s Rest. With recognition from Food Network, CNTraveler, Southern Living, and many more Greenville’s cuisine scene is booming with options for those who seek adventure or a quiet Southern meal.

In terms of recreation, the most convenient option is the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. It runs directly through downtown and provides a roughly 20-mile stretch for biking, running and walking with plans for extensions in the future. A number of state parks are less than an hour’s drive away making Greenville great for anyone who loves hiking or biking. Lastly, the beach is close enough for day and weekend trips. So whether it be the city or the country or the mountains or the sea you seek, Greenville has something for everyone.

Finally, innumerable national Broadway shows and international musicians visit Greenville’s Peace Center and Wellness Arena.

For those residents with young children, Greenville provides ample opportunities for exploration and fun, including the Children’s Museum of the Upstate.

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For Jet Setters

The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) provides direct flights to a number of major cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, New York City and Philadelphia. Carriers include Southwest, JetBlue, Allegiant in addition to Delta, United Airlines, and American.

By car, Greenville is located along I-85 and near I-26, which are both major highways for reaching nearby big cities. Both Charlotte and Atlanta are roughly two hours away by car. Asheville, NC is only 1.5 hours away with its vibrant art scene, exciting breweries, and beautiful hikes.