Local Atmosphere

Beloit, WI
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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Beloit the town is in a renaissance. They are really trying to fix up the downtown, there is definitely stuff to do.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Beloit is a sad place

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town is small and quiet, and I don't know of many people who look for entertainment there. But I like living there, and since it's near Chicago I don't feel completely stranded.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I like to use the word "chill." There's not much to do in town, so we make our own fun. If you're not good at that, then Beloit might not be right for you.

Some kids stay in their rooms and do nothing & then complain about how there's nothing for them to do....

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The city of Beloit offers many different opportunities for students to take advantage of. The downtown areas has unique places to eat (like cheese!) and every student will recommend Bushel and Peck's. It is both a small market and a restaurant. They have the best grilled cheese and hummus EVER. During the Summer and Fall Beloit hosts a farmers market in the downtown area. Students frequent this farmers market and it is a great place to stock up on fresh food and other goodies. In other areas of the city there is Apple Hut (a great orchard to go to in the Fall with the best apple doughnuts), an alpaca farm (where you can pet the alpacas!), Beckman Mill, and the Welty Environmental Center. Beloit is only 20 minutes from Rockford, IL where there is a really nice shopping mall as well as many restaurants and thing to do. Madison and Milwaukee are both 45 minutes away and Chicago is an hour and a half away.


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So Beloit isn't the most exciting town in Wisconsin. The jig is up. Still, you won't see Beloit College hiding a red face, because people over there work to at least keep the campus lively. Generally, there's something happening on campus; it's up to you to decide how lame it is. Those of you who have friends know that the setting doesn't always make the fun, and sometimes sitting can be just as entertaining as a night on the town. The Van Galder bus drivers will be happy to drive you to the nearest big cities (that is, Madison and Chicago) for a fee if you're itching for a little change. Otherwise, take a romantic stroll along the Rock River, treat yourself to a dilly bar at the Dairy Queen, hug a few campus trees, take a walk to admire the beautiful houses (some are pretty amazing), or protest on the weekends. And if you're lucky, you might catch a flock of BSFFAs (Beloit Science-Fiction and Fantasy Assocation) in the middle of one of their midnight battles, or maybe you'll even be in one of their midnight battles, depending on your relationship with science fiction.

The thing you have to realize is that Beloit is boring, but Beloit College can always be entertaining if you're looking to be entertained. Sometimes, though, even that is boring. What I'm trying to say is, I go to school there and I still have fun, even when I'm bored.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Mount Hord's Mustard Museum holds the world's largest mustard collection (over 2,300 varieties) and celebrates National Mustard Day each August.
  2. Beloit is spelled so it looks French, and it is pronounced so it would remind people of Detroit (why is anybody's guess).
  3. Sheboygan, WI, is known as the "Bratwurst capital of the world."
  4. Bloomer, WI, is the jump rope capital of the world.
  5. Wisconsin's 7,446 streams and rivers put end to end equal 26,767 miles-more than enough to circle the globe at the equator.
Notable Natives
  • Roy Chapman Andrews - the real-life Indiana Jones
  • Willem DeFoe
  • Ole Evinrude - inventor of the outboard motor
  • Chris Farley
  • Harry Houdini
  • Liberace
  • Georgia O'Keefe
  • William H. Rehnquist
  • Charles and John Ringling
  • Gene Rowlands
  • Spencer Tracy
  • Orson Welles
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
Points of Interest
  • The Apple Hut
  • Beckman Mill
  • Farmer's Market
  • Roy Chapman Andrews Residence
Shopping Centers
  • Cherryvale Mall
  • Janesville Mall
Movie Theaters
Wildwood Luxury 10 Cinemas
2799 Cranston Rd.
(608) 368-1100
Movie Theaters
Wildwood Movies 10
3100 Deerfield Dr.
(608) 743-0100
Movie Theaters
Wildwood Rock Theater
1620 Newport Ave.
(608) 758-2400
Major Sports Teams
  • Green Bay Packers: football
  • Milwaukee Brewers: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Chicago: IL: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Madison: WI: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Milwaukee: WI: 1 hour, 19 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 23 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

  • 14% Painfully remote.
  • 14% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 62% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 10% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% 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 22 responses

  • 91% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 9% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 23 responses

  • 35% No way.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 9% Totally.



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