A Guide to Apartment Living In Morgantown Neighborhoods
Becoming familiar with the different neighborhoods in Morgantown will help to determine which neighborhood will be the best fit for you, along with knowing how far your commute to the West Virginia University campus will be.
To help make your search for apartments in Morgantown easier, we have put together a list of neighborhoods that surround West Virginia University. Each of these neighborhoods is within walking distance to campus, or just a short bike, car, or bus ride away.
Historic Downtown Morgantown borders the West Virginia University campus. Wiley Street, to the north, separates Downtown from campus, even though the main WVU campus is often considered to be part of Downtown. The Downtown area has a variety of professional services, businesses, restaurants, bars, and residential units. Downtown Morgantown has your typical small-town USA vibe, giving High Street the Main Street U.S.A charm. To keep up with the ever-changing growth in the economy and student population, as time went on High Street, and the surrounding area has become more developed with larger buildings and newer homes. There is a great selection of both apartments and houses Downtown.
The West Virginia University Morgantown campus is made up of three separate campuses around the city. The first and main campus built, which is referred to as the Downtown Campus, borders the Downtown area and is located in between Downtown and Sunnyside in the Monongahela River Valley. This part of the university is made up of eight different buildings and is kind of it’s own part of town, but is within walking distance to Downtown. So some consider it to be its own part of Morgantown while others rope it in with the Downtown area.
The majority of the building has been Downtown since the turn of the century and as the population grew, naturally so did the city. Downtown is the main focal point of the city and today has over 100 retailers, 35 restaurants and bars, 100 different businesses, and is home to the Historic Metropolitan Theater. The entertainment and nightlife scene is very big Downtown and with such a huge student population, along with having an artisan community, there is a lot to get into. From happy hour specials, live music nightly, trivia, and karaoke nights there’s something for everyone! Some of the popular nightclubs like Lux and Vice Versa are 18+ and have Dj’s playing while you hit the dancefloor. Over at 123 Pleasant Street, a popular music venue, they showcase local, regional, and national bands several nights out of the week.
Running along the Monongahela River just north of Downtown Morgantown is the Sunnyside neighborhood. Bordered by Campus Drive and University Avenue, Sunnyside is adjacent to West Virginia University so all of the housing in this neighborhood is in walking distance to campus. For decades, Sunnyside has been the known as the area where the majority of students lived off-campus. This was the spot where all the house parties went down and all of the pre and post game day festivities happened. The students living in Sunnyside try to hold this reputation, but in recent years, The City of Morgantown and the West Virginia University have combined forces to create the Sunnyside Up Project in order to revamp the area. They have been tearing down the older houses and building larger new luxury off-campus apartment complexes geared towards student living. The most recent being the U Club, which gives students fully furnished apartments and access to a swimming pool, hot tub, and fitness center, just to name a few things. Around the area are favored restaurants like The Greeks and Bombay. They have even recently added in the popular Sheetz convenience store where you can pick up all supplies and get food made to order.
The next neighborhood, north of student-dominated Sunnyside, is Evansdale. The Evansdale Campus is a mile and a half north of the Downtown Campus. Over the years, enrollment at the WVU has grown significantly and to this day has nearly 30,000 students, which is equal to the city’s entire population. Due to limited space near the Downtown Campus, when the university expanded they built the third WWU campus called Health and Sciences Campus, which is also in Evansdale but just over the ridge. In addition, they built the Biomedical Research Facility, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, and Ruby Memorial Hospital, amongst many other buildings. In the area, there are living options ranging from houses and apartment buildings. During the fall season, join thousands at the Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium and cheer on the Mountaineer football team! Students can take the Personal Rapid Transit, or PRT, which is a collection of 70 electric cars that run along a self-guided raised track. The distance going back and forth is just under a ten-minute ride and is free to all students!
To recap, here are some helpful tips/reminders:
All housing in Morgantown neighborhoods mentioned is under 3 miles away to any West Virginia University campus
Most students living off-campus in Morgantown live in Sunnyside
Make sure your new place is easily accessible to shopping and grocery stores for running errands
Use Google Maps to determine the distance of a property you are considering to the WVU campus
Morgantown Crime Statistics:
The City of Morgantown has experienced a consistently repeating pattern of an increase in the theft crime rate and following decrease from 2010 to 2014. The city of Morgantown has also maintained a theft crime crate exceeding the State of West Virginia during the 5 year period. The theft crime rate is reported by a combination of a various types of property damage and burglaries.
The City of Morgantown held a violent crime rate above the State of Wes Virginia from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, Morgantowns violent crime rate dropped below the the State of West Virginia with a downward trend into 2014.