Local Atmosphere

Reading, PA
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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I am from the area so I do not think it is really anything special because I have lived here my whole life. I do know that people enjoy going to the pagoda, shopping, and going to blue marsh.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Reading is an interesting place. While driving up the main strip (Lancaster Ave.) it may seem like nothing special, just a place that has what you need like a CVS, Giant, gas stations, fast food, etc. But if you go into the city, it is really very nice (in certain parts). There is the library and goggleworks and the park, and enough pretty curches and interesting buildings. It is a nice sight to see, and it's really close to campus. Other than the city, there is Wyomissing, which has neat little shops and nice places to eat, along with interesting architecture as well. There is much more to the area if you go out and explore, rather than passing by the main drag to get to school.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I have always lived here

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town my school is located is not the best town. A lot of crime happens and it makes it sometimes scary to go out at night.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere isnt the best but its not the worst either


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 43% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 24% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 14% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 19% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 43% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 52% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 20 responses

  • 15% No way.
  • 65% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 20% Totally.


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