Skip navigation

English Language Institute


Page Content

Where is Hattiesburg?

Hattiesburg, a safe, friendly Southern city of almost 50,000 people, is located in South-Central Mississippi on Highway 49 and on Interstate Highway 59.  The city’s nickname is “The Hub City” because it is surrounded by several cities in the surrounding region:

  • Jackson, Mississippi – the state capital – approximately 90 miles north on Hwy 49
  • Gulfport, Mississippi – the Gulf Coast – approximately 70 miles south on Hwy 49, on the Gulf of Mexico
  • New Orleans, Louisiana – approximately 125 miles southwest on Interstate 59/Interstate 10
  • Mobile, Alabama – approximately 100 miles southeast on Hwy 98, on the Gulf of Mexico
  • Natchez and Vicksburg, Mississippi – approximately 150 miles west, on the Mississippi River
  • Birmingham, Alabama – approximately 250 miles northeast
  • Memphis, Tennessee – approximately 300 miles north

What is the weather like in Hattiesburg?

The climate is mild.  You will need a jacket or sweater in winter (December – February), but it almost never snows in South Mississippi!  Rain and high humidity, however, are common throughout the year.

  • Summer (June, July, August):  hot and humid – average temp 27-28 degrees C.
  • Winter (December, January, February): cold at night and cool in the daytime – average temp 0-15 degrees C.
  • Spring (March, April, May) and Fall (September, October, November):  pleasant – average temp 15-27 degrees C.

How can I travel to Hattiesburg?

  • by car:
    • driving time from Gulfport: 1.0-1.5 hours
    • driving time from Jackson: 1.5-2.0 hours
    • driving time from New Orleans: 1.5-2.0 hours
  • by airplane:
    • Gulfport/Biloxi Regional Airport (GPT) – 60 miles from campus
    • Jackson International Airport (JAN) – 90 miles from campus
    • New Orleans International Airport (MSY) – 125 miles from campus
    • Pine Belt Regional Airport (PIB) – 10 miles from campus
  • by train: There is an AMTRAK station in downtown Hattiesburg, a 15-minute drive to the Southern Miss campus.

Contact Us

English Language Institute
201 International Center (IC)
118 College Dr. #5065
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Campus Map