How is public transit/biking? I will be bringing my car but I hate relying on it to commute, I'd rather take the bus and do something productive. What is the coolest walking hood close to Emory, and how is it? And about going out---are the clubs/bars flooded with cig smoke and how do people usually get home (I know the truth is they probably drive home drunk, but what are the other options)?[/quote]
We have this thing called Marta for public transit. However, the closest Marta train station to Emory is not within the walking distance at all. Buses are only good for when you go to the mall or the grocery store. Usually, you need to call a cab. We also have this neighborhood called Emory village surrounding school, but it's so tiny and old. The coolest walking hood in my opinion is Virginia Highland, it's about 5~10 min drive away from Emory. There is a website for this neighborhood, so you can look it up. The neighborhood around Emory is safe and Emory is actually having this campaign to encourage bike usage. You can conveniently park your bike in front of the buildings of Emory.
About the club, yes people smoke cig inside the club. And usually people take cabs. Atlanta is growing city, and streets are clean and buildings are new. I bet Atlanta is much nicer than you expect.
And about the commute, Emory has the shuttle for some of the apartments around the campus, so a lot of people use that. The housing is VERY cheap compared to other cities.