MSU's campus stretches into Starkville, which is home to the Cotton District, North America's oldest new urban design community. The city also has active student and entertainment quarters worth checking out.
Golden Triangle Regional Airport is just a 20-minute drive from MSU. There's also a free shuttle from the airport offered by Starkville MSU Area Rapid Transit (SMART). Birmingham's, Jackson's, and Memphis's international airports are 2-3 hours' drive from MSU.
Visit Oktibbeha Heritage Museum to learn about Starkville's regional history, and the John Grisham Room for insights on the famous MSU alum's creative writing process. There's also the Mississippi Entomological Museum, home to over 2 million pinned specimens. Relax and walk on grassy paths at the city's many green spaces, including Moncrief Park and McKee Park, or check out events at the Needmore Community Center.
For lovers of the performing arts, Starkville offers several options. Check out MSU's Lyceum Series, which features concerts, plays, and dance performances, or the annual "Pops on the Plaza" concert. If you can spare an evening, watch a play at the Starkville Community Theatre or a concert by the Starkville Symphony Orchestra. Art lovers will appreciate the city's abundance of creative spaces, including the GSDP Art Gallery, Depot Gallery, and MSU Visual Arts Center.