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Our City: Winston-Salem

Wake Forest’s hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a culturally rich mid-size city in the Piedmont Triad area of one of the nation’s most progressive states. With a population of 236,400, Winston-Salem has consistently built resources in the arts, medicine, health care research, education and commerce.

Located about three miles from the Reynolda Campus, downtown Winston-Salem is a thriving area that includes galleries and shops; indoor and outdoor performance spaces and museums; a greenway that traverses the Old Salem district; hotels, restaurants and sidewalk cafes.

Winston-Salem is ranked among Bloomberg Businessweek’s “50 Best Cities” and finds it one of the best places to live in America. The Bloomberg article states, “In the heart of North Carolina, Winston-Salem has a high amount of parkland compared with other cities, boasts good schools and is home to a number of institutions of higher education, including Wake Forest University.”

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Affordable Living

Winston-Salem is a family-friendly, affordable place to live. You get a small town feel with big city conveniences. Although there is no on-campus dormitory housing available for graduate students, there are many choices of comfortable, affordable housing in Winston-Salem:

Central Location

From campus, the Blue Ridge Mountains are a two-hour drive and offer opportunities for hiking, cycling, camping, rock-climbing, rafting and skiing. Travel to North Carolina and South Carolina beaches takes about four hours.