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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Sewanee, Tennessee

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Where to Retire in Sewanee and Home Prices

Most of the residents of Sewanee live in college dormitories.  According to Zillow, the median home value was $255,900 in late 2019.

What Is Special about Sewanee

Sewanee is a special place with the natural beauty of its location and the unique Oxford-style architecture of the college campus.  The University of the South hosts seminars, lectures, performing artists and exhibits throughout the year with many, but not all, open to residents.  There are also university sporting events to attend, with Sewanee hosting football games in a stadium that is the oldest one in the south.  The town does have some small shops and a few restaurants along with a great campus bookstore, all within the very walkable community.

What Is Not Special about Sewanee

If you are not interested in living in a college town, this would not be a good fit, as the university is the town.  Although there are a few restaurants and small shops, for real shopping you need to go elsewhere.  Because of the smallness of the community, special events such as Parents’ Weekend and Commencement can be a challenge in getting around. If you aren’t part of the university, it’s a good time to get off the mountain.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature  in Sewanee is 38 degrees. July’s average temperature is 72 degrees.  Not a lot, but snow does occur on the mountain.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The University of the South offers lectures, music, religion, and art exhibits.  The town also has a movie theater and a golf course.  There are community festivals during the Fourth of July and Christmas.   One of the biggest events is "The Festival of Lessons and Carols", a service that has been held in the university’s All Saints’ Chapel each December for the last 50 years. It is attened by most of the campus and people from all over the area. The Sewanee Summer Music Center provides concerts on campus for five weeks each summer.  The  Sewanee village also hosts festivals during the summer and winter holidays.


The crime rate in Sewanee is below the national average with almost all of the crimes related to theft.

Medical Facilities

Sewanee does have a medical center -Southern Tennessee- is on campus. The nearest hospital is 13 miles away in Winchester.


A small airport in Sewanee is owned by  Franklin County, the closest large airport is in Chattanooga, 60 miles away.

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