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Hotels in Tuscaloosa near University of Alabama

University of Alabama Introduction

The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa was opened in 1831. It's the oldest and largest of the state's public universities. Set on a 1,200-acre campus, the university enrolls over 37,000 students in its undergraduate, graduate, and law school programs. The school's Crimson Tide athletic teams compete in a variety of Division I sports, including football, where they hold one of the winningest records in U.S. history. The university's campus, set along William Bacon Oliver Lake, is just east of downtown Tuscaloosa, an area offering plenty of places to eat and drink.

Hotels near University of Alabama

There's a broad range of lodging options near the University of Alabama, though the closest ones to campus tend to be in the middle to upper end of the price scale. Many of these properties include restaurants, gyms, or pools. An upscale B&B, as well as several budget-friendly hotels and motels, are also available. If you want to avoid the crowds and high hotel prices, try not to come during major university events, such as graduation or home football games. You're more likely to find a bargain on a weekday than on the weekend.

Where to stay near University of Alabama

The university is on the eastern end of downtown Tuscaloosa, an area known for its laid-back bars and restaurants, as well as a few performing arts venues. The main thoroughfare is University Boulevard, which features a mix of casual eateries and watering holes that attract a hip student crowd and are particularly popular on weekends. South of downtown, along Interstate 59 and McFarland Boulevard East, there are a number of lower-priced hotels and motels. This primarily commercial area offers numerous chain restaurants and fast food joints, but less of the student party atmosphere you can find downtown.

Things to see near University of Alabama

The campus of the University of Alabama is in a prime location for exploring Tuscaloosa and its surrounding areas. A sprawling waterfront park, featuring the Tuscaloosa Riverfront trail, runs from the university to downtown, where it's anchored by the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, which offers open-air concerts. The university is a mile from the bars and restaurants of downtown Tuscaloosa. One of the city's most popular landmarks is the Battle-Friedman House, a preserved 1835 antebellum mansion with picturesque gardens. On campus you can find the Alabama Museum of Natural History, as well as sports exhibits at the Paul W. Bryant Museum.

How to get to University of Alabama

The University of Alabama is easy to reach from all areas of Tuscaloosa, as well as from other parts of the country. Tuscaloosa Regional Airport is 6.5 miles from campus. Amtrak offers train service to Tuscaloosa Station. Greyhound buses drop off passengers about 6 miles south of the university. Public transportation is available, with a bus network providing access throughout the greater Tuscaloosa area. It operates shuttles to campus. Several major highways connect Tuscaloosa to surrounding cities and states, and traveling by car is common. Downtown and the university campus are easily walkable.