2018 Summer School Home Travel & Local Info Reg'n & Support Schedule & Abstracts Course Materials

Athens is located 60 miles to the east of Atlanta, in the Piedmont region of the state which forms the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains.


All major airlines fly to Atlanta.  From there, a shuttle service, Groome Transportation, can provide the 90 minute trip to Athens for $39 one way. You should make a reservation with them directly at their website. Groome Transportation drops off and picks up at local hotels and near the math department, at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

There are a couple of other ways to get to Athens. Sometimes you'll find cheaper rates if you fly into Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (Airline code GSP). It is a 2 hour, low traffic drive to or from Athens. You will need to rent a car if you land there.


A block of rooms has been reserved for summer school participants at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Athens. Breakfast and free wifi are included. The hotel is a short walk from numerous restaurants, entertainment venues, bars, and other attractions downtown, as well as from the historic and lovely UGA north campus. It's a 20-minute walk to the math department (Boyd Graduate Studies Research Building) on south campus, where the school will be held.

  • If you are supported by the Summer School (including the four main speakers and their assistants), the organizers will make your room reservation at the Holiday Inn Express.
  • Please fill out the registration form (on the Registration & Support page), even if you are one of the four main speakers or their assistants, so we will know what dates you will be here. If for some reason you do not want to stay at the Holiday Inn Express, you can tell us that on the form.
  • Anyone else, who is not requesting or expecting financial support from the Summer School, should make their own reservations by May 10 at the Holiday Inn Express at the negotiated rate of $95/night + tax.
  • To make reservations, you may call the hotel at 706-546-8122 and reference "RTG" or "RTG Summer Workshop".
  • Or use this link for online reservations.

UGA Math Department

The math department is located in Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center which is situated adjacent to the Science Library on UGA's south campus. Lectures will be held in Boyd 328. Working sessions will be in Boyd 304 or 328.

Athens and Environs

Athens has a very lively night life made famous by local bands including R.E.M., the B-52's, Widespread Panic, Pylon, and many more. The best source for information on who is playing where is in Athens' alternative newspaper, the Flagpole. The Flagpole also has a useful Guide to Athens with information about restaurants, bars, shopping, art, and much more. If you are looking to get out of town, you might consider canoeing down the Broad River. The Broad River Outpost is located about 20 miles north of Athens. After a canoe trip, we recommend a trip to Zeb's Bar-B-Cue, which you'll find on the same map. If you are interested in hiking, take a look at GeorgiaTrails.com. Another way to see the countryside, without getting wet, is to drive about 30 minutes south to Madison (the city that Sherman refused to burn). If you walk along smaller back streets, you'll find lots of beautiful homes. For easy fun walks close to town (great with kids) try the Sandy Creek Nature Center and the Botanical Gardens.

The athletic teams at UGA are known as the Georgia Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs, or simply the Dawgs. Georgia loves their Dawgs! There's no chance you'll see the school mascot walking around town. His relatives have been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, appeared in movies, and have been interviewed on NPR. He handles celebrity well.

Here's a map that includes a convenient list of some points of interest: