Local Atmosphere

Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is great. There are cultural events and shopping in the area.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Tempe is a nice area, ASU is overwhelming to me

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Lots of free local transportation and/or reduced bus/lightrail passes for students. Parking on campus is crazy expensive and therefore not recommend. Great shopping and stores very close by.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I'm not a city person, but there are places for those that like to do city things.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Tempe is surrounded with small apartment complexes and a few small residential neighborhoods. Although not very visually pleasing, the nightlife makes up for it all.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jade Riley
Hometown
Glendale, AZ
Major
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Grad Year
2013
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Tempe has everything nestled in the heart of the small city, where it thrives off of ASU students. As a student body, we easily run Tempe and keep this place popping! There are always activities, events, concerts, and plenty of things to do all around the area. From catching a show at the Marquee Theatre to testing out all the brews at Octoberfest, there is literally something going on every week that you will want to take part in. The whole Tempe area really caters to students by selling products college students would go for—and at discounted prices since the retailers around here know we are broke!

Tempe is the college town to be living in because not only is it vibrant with so many different people, but there are plenty of individuals you can click with to have a great time doing the things you love to do! The Phoenix metropolitan area is a little spread out, but everything you need is in Tempe, whether it's places to shop or the latest clubs to check out. Tempe is the hottest city in Arizona by far! As you continue to live within the ASU vicinity, you will learn the ins and outs of the surrounding location and find that there may be too much to do in one weekend. With all the excitement, gorgeous people, and fun things to experience, ASU and the Tempe area is the place where great things are happening!

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Tempe boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine a year.
  2. Home to the ASU Sun Devils, the Arizona Cardinals, the Fiesta Bowl, and a number of MLB teams for spring training, Tempe is considered the sports capital of the state.
  3. Old Town Tempe's Festivals of the Arts, held twice annually on the first weekend of April and December, attract nearly 200,000 people every year.
  4. The Tempe Improv, located on the northeast corner of Rural and University, is an offshoot of New York's famed Comedy Club.
  5. ASU occupies 700 acres in the heart of Tempe and is the nation's fifth-largest university.
Notable Natives
  • Michael Carbajal - boxer
  • Lynda Carter - actor
  • Alice Cooper - rock star
  • Barry Goldwater - politician
  • David Spade - comedian, actor
  • Steven Spielberg - director
  • John Wayne - cowboy, actor
  • Frank Lloyd Wright - architect
Local Slang
  • Casa: "House" or "home" in Spanish
  • Gringo: A Hispanic slang term for "white guy"
  • Snowbird: Part-time desert residents who stay in Arizona during winter seasons to escape the harsh cold in their home states
  • Stucco: Final cement color coat plastered in the exterior of an adobe-style building
Points of Interest
  • Camelback Mountain
  • Cardinals Stadium in Westgate
  • Flagstaff
  • Grand Canyon
  • Jerome
  • Lake Havasu
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Mill Avenue
  • Old Town Scottsdale
  • Papago Park
  • Phoenix Art Museum
  • The Phoenix Zoo
  • The River
  • Rocky Point, Mexico
  • San Diego
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square
  • Sedona
  • The Snow Bowl
  • Tempe Town Lake
Shopping Centers
  • Arizona Mills
  • Chandler Fashion Center
  • Mill Avenue (Centerpoint)
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square
  • Tempe Marketplace
Movie Theaters
Harkins Theatres - Arizona Mills 24
5000 Arizona Mills Circle
Tempe
(480) 820-0387
Movie Theaters
Harkins Theatres - Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe
(480) 557-0027
Movie Theaters
Harkins Theatres - Valley Art
509 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe
(480) 446-7272
Major Sports Teams
  • Arizona Cardinals: NFL
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: MLB
  • Phoenix Coyotes: NHL
  • Phoenix Suns: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Flagstaff, Ariz.: : 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Las Vegas: : 5 hours, 45 minutes
  • Los Angeles: : 6 hours, 15 minutes
  • San Diego: : 6 hours
  • Tucson, Ariz.: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
Tempe is the fifth-largest city in Arizona with approximately 175,000 residents (2008).

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 412 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 413 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 11% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 22% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 64% 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 413 responses

  • 29% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 28% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 43% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 413 responses

  • 19% No way.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 35% Totally.

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