A college town that feels like home

Living on campus, literally next to the night life and all the fun stuff to do during the day here—I loved it.

Just steps from campus, you can get a haircut or a slice of New York-style pizza or a pair of shoes.

A couple more steps, and you’ll find cafes and restaurants with sidewalk seating. Shops to browse stacks of used books. An old-fashioned hardware store. Clubs to see everyone from local poetry slam performers to world-famous musicians on tour. Funky theatres and unique nightspots. Restaurants to take the parents for a nice dinner. Eateries to grab a quick lunch on a budget.

“Freshman year, downtown was a great escape,” says Jessica Smith, a recreation administration major who graduated in May 2011. “It was literally 10 steps away, so it was really nice and easy—and with food, downtown really has everything that you could crave!”

Chico’s core is vibrant and charming, says Jessica. “There are cute shops. And I think it’s really cool that some of the buildings still have that classic, old-town look—the brick, the history, add some character.”

“Chico has a big/small community thing going on,” says studio art major Louie Gonzales. “I love the Thursday night farmers market—everyone gets together there. You can go to the market and meet up with at least five people without even planning to—you just run into each other.”

“Being a college student in Chico heightened how close I felt to the Chico community,” he says. “Living on campus, literally next to the night life and all the fun stuff to do during the day here—I loved it.”

Downtown is so welcoming, Jessica adds. “I felt really a part of the community—they welcome students with open arms. I felt like I was at home here—I don’t want to leave!”  

Downtown streets close for the Thursday Night Market—the place to meet up with friends while enjoying farm-fresh produce, delicious food, and local performers.
Downtown streets close for the Thursday Night Market—the place to meet up with friends while enjoying farm-fresh produce, delicious food, and local performers.