College Hills is a rectangular strip of residential and commercial development just east of Birmingham-Southern College. Its name comes from its proximity to the university and the hilly terrain found in Alabama. This neighborhood sits a few minutes northwest of the city’s downtown development.
To the south, 8th Avenue West makes up one of the four boundary lines for College Hills, located in the 35204 zip code. Arkadelphia Road separates the college campus from College Hills, acting as the western border. Interstate Highway 59/Interstate Highway 20 make up the northern border intersecting with Interstate Highway 65, the eastern border.
Major attractions in the area include the Birmingham-Southern College campus which is a small, liberal arts college with approximately 1500 students. College Hills has residential development including shotgun houses, apartment complexes and craftsman-style, single family homes. On a grid system, this neighborhood is safe for pedestrians and cyclists despite the lack of designated bike lanes.
The area is home to churches in several denominations as well as schools both public and private. In addition to Birmingham-Southern College, A. H. Parker High School, Hill Elementary School and Washington Elementary School educate students of all ages within the Birmingham City School system. Pilgrim Lutheran School and Tabernacle Christian School offer private, parochial alternatives to these schools.
College Hills is home to several parks and areas of green space. McLendon Park is across 8th Avenue and is home to Legion Field Stadium, where Birmingham-Southern competes in home football games. Duke Park and E. Thomas Park also offer running trails and a public football field.