I lived in a college town (or just outside it), a small campus of only 15,000 students. But international, since a big attraction was the largest aviation program in the US, eclipsing even Embry Riddle, that drew students from around the world.
And I taught there, and was the Assistant Registrar. I was also a staff & faculty advisor to our 10% Society for GLBT students.
It was a lovely environment, very tranquil and yet intellectually stimulating. At the same time, I realized it was artificial, not representative of the real world, a kind of Shangri-La paradise without connections with the outside world. The ivory towers of the academic world, as critics say.
Such a place has its attractions, while it has its drawbacks. What works for you is what works for you. While I can see its charm, as I slip into my dotage, the Army guy in me prefers I go down fighting in some way, to the bitter end. Better to be alive until I'm not, than be dead before I get there.