Local Atmosphere

Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's a very college town feel with lots of bars and shops and things to do. I love the feel here. It's mostly college students in the city, so you're surrounded by other students. There's a lot of little local shops and coffee shops that you can hang out in, too.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: the school is located in the middle of the city so there is always something happening during the semester. the professional sports parks are not located very far from the college.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is great, the people are friendly and willing to help other it's a very fun atmosphere to be in.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The main way I get to campus is by walking down the main strip of Mill Ave, from the light rail. I walk through in the mornings, so it is generally very mellow. I feel relatively safe walking through Mill Ave in the morning. By afternoon, it's still okay, but that's when Mill Ave really comes alive with everyone off work for the day and having their dinner and drinks. Happy Hour is a big event every night since there are so many bars on Mill Ave, but on regular days the streets are still okay in terms of foot traffic. There is a lot of vehicle traffic in the afternoon due to college and a few other schools down the street. Overall, I still feel somewhat safe. There are often a lot of homeless people spending time on Mill Ave at any time of day, but they do not usually seriously bother anyone. The majority of the homeless population in that area appears to be young men, possibly in their 20's or early 30's. This does worry me a little (even though, as I stated, they usually do not bother anyone) especially if they get together in groups. I probably would not walk through Mill Ave on my own at night, despite the very active night life.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love the local atmosphere, its pretty laid back and friendly.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jade Riley
Glendale, AZ
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Grad Year
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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
(480) 820-0387
Movie Theaters
Harkins Theatres - Tempe Marketplace
2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway
(480) 557-0027
Movie Theaters
Harkins Theatres - Valley Art
509 S. Mill Ave.
(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 451 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 437 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.
  • 23% 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 437 responses

  • 29% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 29% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 42% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 436 responses

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



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