Life in Morgantown



The City of Morgantown welcomes all people regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, ancestry, age, abilities, blindness, economic of family status, of life situation. We strive to be an inclusive community for our residents and visitors. We ask everyone to act with a helpful intent, to respond to each other with civility, and to treat our environment with respect.

If you have a question about City Services, click here to access our Service Request and FAQs page. Here you’ll find information about animal control, building & housing, City government, City Parks, Neighborhood Enforcement, and more, and be able to submit a form directly to the City Department that deals with your inquiry. You can also use the “Contact Us” widget on the right side of the page to submit a general question, comment, or concern.

I just moved to Morgantown!

We’re so pleased you picked our City for your new home. There is a group of people in Morgantown who call themselves the Morgantown Newcomers Club. They offer services to help you get acquainted with your new city and meet your neighbors. Find more information on the MNC at

I would like to. . .

. . .find more information about attending City Council meetings.

Are you planning on attending your first City Council meeting soon? First, start off by skimming our page, “Welcome to Your First City Council Meeting.”

Next, visit the Council Documents page to find the agenda.

You can also access Notes and Minutes from past meetings by going to our News page and viewing the latest entries.

. . . get familiar with events and meetings

Our Morgantown Calendar includes Public Municipal Meetings, Special & Permitted Events, Neighborhood Events, and Inclusive Community events.  It’s even easy to tell which ones will be live on Morgantown Channel 15 and Granicus, Morgantown’s Live Streaming Video Archive!

. . .learn more about the schools in Morgantown.

The Monongalia County School System encompasses public schools in Morgantown.
Additional information about home schooling, private schools, daycares, and after-school programs can be found at

. . .know how to schedule or change my trash and recycling pick up.

Republic (formerly Allied Waste) provides our City solid waste and recycling services. For contact information, Trash Laws, and citywide pick-up schedules, visit

Starting in late 2012, the Clean Community Concept approach to recycling is set to go into effect, upping the range of items accepted, as well as offering weekly pick up and larger recycling toters. Read more about the Clean Community Concept here.

You can also download the Trash & Recycling Toter/Litter Prevention Enforcement Resident Assistance Memo (.pdf).

. . .get text messages or emails when there are road closures in my neighborhood.

The Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) posts a weekly work list at  Most days, MUB sends out notices about what roads are closed, and for how long.

To sign up for these Morgantown NIXLE alerts, simply text “MORGANTOWN” to 888777 from your mobile phone. You can also sign up online by going to the Nixle Sign Up Page.  You can even specify what part of town you live in so that you don’t get notices for every road closure in town – just the ones near your home or work!

. . .add your house to the house watch list if you are leaving for vacation.

Have someone randomly check your residence while you are gone or contact your local law enforcement agency to have your residence added to a vacation home check. Residents of the City of Morgantown can have a residence added to the vacation home watch by calling 304-284-7522 or you can make an electronic request here.

. . .find out what new construction or zoning changes are happening in my neighborhood.

Each month, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Department publish a list of building and zoning applications, which we call Neighborhood Notices. Click here to access this month’s Neighborhood Notices.

If your question is not covered here under City Government, it may be a county issue.  Please visit the Monongalia County Commission’s Frequently Asked Questions website for more information.

Welcome to our City!

Whether you’re in town for a conference at the Waterfront Place Hotel, attending a WVU Football or Basketball game, or exploring the great outdoors, Morgantown is a city that has something for everyone.

Big 12 Country

The City of Morgantown welcomes fans from Big 12 Schools! The Greater Morgantown CVB is ready to help you find accommodation, transportation, recreation, and fun and games while you’re here!.
West Virginia University has its own special welcome for those first time visitors. Check out for a look into each of the Big 12 Universities!


Fly in and visit one of the Best Small Cities in the Country with The Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW).

Get around town with Mountain Line Transit.  Find route maps and more here, or follow them on Twitter for the latest updates.

Take a trip on one of the country’s most fascinating transit systems – WVU’s PRT, or Personal Rapid Transit.  Situated to get students from one campus to another, it’s a unique way to take a rail tour of the city.


Morgantown’s green surroundings allow it to be one of the best locations for outdoor activities, with attractions like the West Virginia Botanic Gardens and the BOPARC Municipal Park System very close to home!

Visit for more on:

  • Parks, Trails, Arenas & Marinas
  • Summer Camp Programs
  • Cabin Lodging

Restaurants, Shopping, and More

Check out these sites for lots to do in the Greater Morgantown Area:

Take a walk around Morgantown’s Historic Downtown Business District, or visit Main Street Morgantown for events and specials going on downtown!

Morgantown has revitalized its Wharf District along the Monongahela River in the last two decades.  It features the Waterfront Place Hotel & Event Center, restaurants, steakhouses and access to more than 10 miles of paved fun in the Caperton Trail and Decker’s Creek Trail systems.

Other Features in the area include:
  • The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) or NIOSH
  • Companies such as Mylan Pharmacuticals
  • National Crime Information Center and national biometrics programs