Rome is more of a family-friendly city than a college town, even though it houses two separate colleges. The local atmosphere is friendly, but it can become redundant after your first year at Berry. For some students, more fun is found on campus with friends than off campus. If students want the stereotypical college-town vibe, they won't find it here, which is the reason most students are attracted to Berry in the first place. In addition, Rome is midway between Chattanooga and Atlanta, which gives students more options if they want a weekend getaway.
On weekends, many students go home, which is why Berry has earned the nickname of being a "suitcase college." There have been initiatives that have been effective in keeping students on campus for the weekends, but Berry can still feel like a ghost town on a Saturday afternoon. If you are looking for fun in Rome on a weekend, be prepared to spend money, as most "fun" is centered around shopping and eating.