About Us

In the historical Emory district, the University Inn stands as a piece of history itself. In the late 1960s, brothers John and Bill Thibadeau planned to build the University Inn. After careful contemplation and construction, the Inn opened in January of 1971, with twenty-six lodging units. Since then, the family has built new facilities, purchased adjacent properties, and renovated buildings to create the sixty room accommodations as you would see them today. The University Inn is known for treating guests like family, offers a variety of attractions within convenient distances and many available means of transit.

The Inn consists of three sets of buildings: the Main Inn, the Guest House and Oxford Hall. Each building has its own style to serve a wide variety of guest needs, and the University Inn provides rich accommodations for its visitors.

The University has been family-owned and operated since the very beginning, and today John Thibadeau’s four sons now own the Inn. The staff are friendly and courteous, and their main motivation is providing guests with a comfortable, home-like experience where they know their needs come first.

The University Inn at Emory is a convenient walk to Emory University’s Campus and Hospital, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Donna & Marvin Schwartz Center for the Arts, and a variety of quality restaurants.  The Inn is conveniently located for easy access to Decatur and downtown Atlanta, as well as a diverse selection of shopping and entertainment opportunities. (See our Area Information page for more area attractions!)

Getting around the Emory area, and the rest of Atlanta from there, is very simple. Several public transportation options are, conveniently, just steps from our door in the forms of MARTA and the free-to-ride Cliff Transport, which provides access to the North and South DeKalb Malls. For the out-of-state traveler, or those who travel to and from the airport for business, you will be pleased to know that we are only 15 miles from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.