The Ohio River runs through Huntington

Living in Huntington

City and campus intertwined

Huntington, West Virginia is located on the banks of the scenic Ohio River where the states of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky meet. Enjoy beautiful weather and events at the riverfront park, where you can look across the water and see Ohio. Kentucky is only about 20 minutes away by car, so your options for exploring are multiplied with the convenience of the tri-state area.

As you stroll through the streets of downtown Huntington, don’t be surprised to hear people you pass saying, “Hello.” Students note that one of their favorite things about the city is the friendliness of its residents. As a Marshall student, you’re embraced as part of the community. Marshall University and the city of Huntington are very closely intertwined, with many residents being alumni and employees of the university.

More about Huntington

Shopping

A variety of shops

You have options when shopping in Huntington. Take a walk downtown to shop at several stores in the Pullman Square area to find everything from the latest clothing trends to jewelry or browse locally made treasures at Heritage Station. If a shopping mall is more your style, the Huntington Mall is a 20-minute drive from campus and boasts numerous stores and restaurants.

Eating

Many international options

If you want to go off campus for a meal, you'll find a wide variety of food awaiting you. Huntington boasts restaurants with international cuisine such as Chinese, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Italian and more, along with several varieties of American cuisine. Restaurants range from low-cost fast-food stops to swanky sit-down restaurants. Visit the Huntington dining guide for more information.

Culture

A town known for its cultural flavor

Huntington has many events throughout the year that encompass all cultures. The International Festival, sponsored by Marshall University, is gearing up for its 53rd year in 2016. Thousands of people gather every November at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington to share their cultures with people from other countries and local residents as well. The performance stage is busy with singing and dancing. Food from local ethnic restaurants is available for a small price and booths represent countries and share local art, games and more.

You can also attend the annual Greek festival for food and events. Several other festivals occur in and near the city throughout the year, giving you a large variety of events to attend. Check out the events calendar and visitors guide for more information.

Weather

Four seasons

West Virginia’s climate has four seasons with moderate temperatures ranging from 5° C in January to 24° C in July. You will need clothing for both warm and cold seasons.

You can also attend the annual Greek festival for food and events. Several other festivals occur in and near the city throughout the year, giving you a large variety of events to attend. Check out the events calendar and visitors guide for more information.

Make the most of our town

You’ll find many miles of walking and biking trails, public parks and paths along the Ohio River for a taste of nature without having to go far. When you’re through relaxing in the outdoors, head downtown to our vibrant district featuring dining, shopping and entertainment. A low crime rate and low cost of living give you safety and security while you experience all four seasons of weather.