Life in Athens

The world knows Athens as the cradle of Western Civilization: the city that gave birth to democracy. Our international students discover Athens for what it really is: a vibrant metropolis teeming with culture where students form memories and relationships for life. 

As the country capital, Athens is densely populated by 4 million people. Many of the city’s notable sites can be found in the city center, where AUEB is also conveniently located. In addition to the Acropolis, which is visible from the University, the city features many of the country’s important museums in direct vicinity: The National Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art and the Byzantine Museum provide only a few of the possibilities for cultural experiences. Take a simple walk in downtown Athens and the past comes to life before your own eyes. 

Athens is also full of exciting, fun and relaxing venues. The Psirri region, with its inner-city authenticity. The adjacent Monastiraki flea market, with its antique stores. Just a few steps further stands Ermou Street, the busiest shopping street of the city. North of Syntagma Square stands Kolonaki, the ever-trendy aristocratic neighborhood where visitors shop and have coffee. Designer boutiques and foreign houses to home-grown wonders, pedestrians’ streets and cafes are scattered all along Kolonaki. 

During the summer time Athens comes alive with musical and theatrical events. Indoor and outdoor theatres provide numerous opportunities to catch a memorable performance. Outdoor cinemas and elegant roof-terrace restaurants are also a summer night must in Athens. Naturally, one should not forget the Greek islands, many of which are but a few hours away by boat and brimming with visitors from all over the world during summer. 

In the end, Athens is so much more than just a city of historical interest. It is a truly multicultural, authentic metropolis with something for everyone. Our students come to Athens from all over the world; when they leave they are all Athenians. 

Last updated: 25 January 2021