Nestled in the heart of North Carolina, Winston-Salem offers a rich blend of arts, culture, and innovation. Affectionately dubbed the "City of Arts and Innovation," it provides an unparalleled lifestyle for students, both on and off campus.

This mid-sized city has a comparably low cost of living and an eclectic mix of activities and neighborhoods. With a prime location close to major cities and sites on the eastern seaboard, Winston-Salem is perfectly poised to give a big-city vibe without the big-city hassle.

The downtown area includes an assortment of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, breweries, performing arts venues, and attractions. Part of Winston-Salem's uniqueness derives from its range of higher education institutions that includes Winston-Salem State University, Salem College and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and this influx of diverse individuals keeps the city energetic and moving. Against the backdrop of this well-educated community and thriving ecosystem, you’ll find your place here.

Innovation Quarter

The Innovation Quarter is a buzzing hub where researchers, entrepreneurs, and clinicians come together to push the boundaries of healthcare and technology. Explore the innovation district that brings together multiple facets of life in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad area through local businesses, restaurants, coff ee shops, night life Bailey Park, the Long Branch Trail, and more.

Winston-Salem: Our Time is Now

With roots in tobacco and textiles, Winston-Salem reimagined itself to become the City of Arts and Innovation, a place where you can put down your own roots and discover innovation of all forms. Explore the grit and the diversity that makes this place special, and find where you fit here with us.

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Explore the Local Scene

We recognize your life in Winston-Salem won’t be all work or study, and luckily, the region is home to activities and events of all kinds. Craft breweries and thriving foodie scene? We have it. Parks, trails and activities to get outdoors? Here in abundance. Explore the categories below to get a taste of what you could be doing when you don’t have your nose to the grindstone.