A Guide to Starkville Apartments and Neighborhoods
Becoming familiar with the different neighborhoods in Starkville will help to determine which neighborhood will be the best fit for you, along with knowing how far your commute to the Mississippi State University campus will be. To help make your search off-campus housing in Starkville easier, we have put together a list of neighborhoods that surround Mississippi State University. Each of these neighborhoods is within walking distance to campus, or just a short bike, car, or bus ride away.
Technically, the Mississippi State University is only partially in Starkville and most of it is in an unincorporated area name Mississippi State, Mississippi. The campus, however, is only a few minutes walk or drive to Starkville. Being that this area is heavily student-dominated, there is several off-campus student housing apartment complexes. Many of these complexes, like The Pointe at MSU and Helix Starkville, are luxury-style apartments that offer top amenities like fully furnished apartments, resort-style swimming pools, cyber lounges, and private study rooms. Beyond that, there are countless other off-campus housing options from duplexes to frat houses all in a short walking distance to the MSU campus.
Starkville is known as “Mississippi’s College Town” and just like most colleges, sports are a big deal around these parts. During football season, the whole town is decked on in maroon to show their school spirit. During the school week, The Junction and Drill Field is a spot where students play a game of catch or study in between classes. Come game day though this grassy area becomes the popular tailgating spot before heading to Davis Wade Stadium. Throughout the year there are tons of parades, festivals, and concerts held by MSU. The MSU campus has many historical buildings to check out and is also home to one of Starkville’s main attractions, the Cullis and Gladys Wade Clock Museum that dates back to the 1700s.
Students can catch movies on Drill Field as well as join in on sports games held multiple times a week. University Drive and surrounding streets have several of the frequented bars and restaurants. Some of the popular “go-to” spots are STAGerIN Sports Grill, Stager In, and Fountain Bar.
Just west of the Mississippi State University is Downtown Starkville. Only a ten-minute drive lies between Downtown and the campus, so if you bring a car to school or don’t mind taking the S.M.A.R.T bus transportation system then consider this area for living. There are a variety of boutiques and shopping centers like Cotton Crossing, Central Station, and Starkville Crossing to grab things you need. During the summer months, the Starkville Community Market is a great spot to pick up fresh produce, see some art, and watch how-to demonstrations. There are several bars, restaurants, and coffee shops so whatever you have a craving for you can find it Downtown. Some popular places to check out are Restaurant Tyler which was named “Best Brunch in Mississippi” and Mugshots Grill and Bar which has had their burgers featured in magazine articles.
To familiarize yourself with the area and Starkville apartments, consider taking the Starkville Arts Walk Tour. This is a self-guided walking tour that will lead you to many historic sites, shops, and galleries. Bulldog baseball is really popular in Starkville and each February the Dudy Gras Parade is held to ring in the start of the Mississippis State University baseball season. The parade begins downtown and ends at Left Field Lounge. Some other events held every year are the Souper Bowl which is a fundraiser for United Way that allows residents to taste a variety of soups. Every Christmas season they hold the tree lighting ceremony and Christmas Parade. During the Spring, Summer, and Fall months Main Street businesses open up at night for unWINE Downtown. Everyone that participates goes from shop to shop tasting wines and the stores offer discounts on merchandise. Housing downtown ranges from houses, duplexes, triplexes, and apartment complexes and with so many around everyone can find something that fits them!
The Cotton district is located in between Downtown Starkville and Mississippi State University. Historically, this area of Starkville was once a cotton mill, but in 1969 Dan Camp began his building plans for student housing. Camp got much of his inspiration from his travels to Europe and places in the US like New Orleans and Charleston. The houses and apartments in this area have a lot of character and you will see a mixture of Classical, Victorian, and Greek Revival architecture. This district is award-winning for all the redevelopment that has happened and construction on Holtsinger Street and University Drive is expected to continue for the next ten years. The neighborhood is very walkable and there are tons of shops, restaurants, and bars around. Many of the people that live in this district are students and faculty of MSU. Each year, the Cotton District hosts events like the Cotton District Arts Festival and the Bulldog Bash which brings in a crowd of 30,000 people for free concerts!
Just north of Downtown Starkville are the Greensboro and Overstreet Districts. Greensboro is west while Overstreet is east. The Greensboro Historic District was once was a place civic leaders and merchants lived and 10 decades later the Victorian, Tudors, and bungalow home still exist. The Overstreet Historic District also has several older Victorian homes mixed in with some modern day housing. This area has more of a family vibe and several public schools are within this area as well as parks, shops, and restaurants.
To recap, here are some helpful tips/reminders:
- All housing in each Starkville neighborhood mentioned is within 15 minutes to the Mississippi State University campus
- Most students living off-campus in Starkville live in Mississippi State, MS (directly around campus)
- Housing in different areas, besides Mississippi State, will require car or bus transportation
- 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 Pittsburgh campus
Starkville Crime Statistics:
The City of Starkvilles theft crime rate has surpassed the State of Mississippi in 2011. In 2013 the Starkvilles theft crime rate returned to below the State of Mississippi to only surpass the States rate in 2014. The theft crime rate is reported by a combination of various types of property damage and burglaries.
The State of Mississippi has held a constant violent crime rate above the City of Starkville from 2010 to 2014. In that time period, The City of Starkville decreased into 2013 and with a small increase flattened out into 2014.