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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Rome has plenty of restaurants, and a few nightlife options, but they're only "fun" if you know a lot of people are going. They have an odd shortage of ice cream options, much to my dismay, but frozen yogurt places abound. The mall is a very sad place, but it has a few good choices (American Eagle, Victoria's Secret, Rue21, Express, Buckle coming soon). Not really a whole lot else to do outside of that, in my opinion. Rome has some gorgeous spots if you know where to look.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not too much to do here, but pretty much any restaurant you want exists here

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Rome is awesome! So many fun restaurants and events to go to! Plenty of great restaurants around that offer great prices and discounts for college students!

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Rome is a fine city with plenty of amenities, and is about an hour drive from Atlanta and Chattanooga. My only criticism is that it isn't really a college town. That being said there are a plethora of excellent food choices and just enough bars to stay satisfied.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Very small college town. You can find plenty of things to do by getting involved in the community.


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Chauncey Brown
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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. 

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Every year, Rome hosts RIFF: the Rome International Film Festival.
Notable Natives
Martha Berry - educator and founder of Berry College
Local Slang
  • Romans: People who live in Rome, Ga.
  • Sketch: Something seen as unsafe (usually refers to the closest Wal-Mart to campus)
Points of Interest
  • DeSoto Theater
  • Martha Berry Museum
  • Rome Area History Museum
  • Rome Clock Tower
Shopping Centers
Mount Berry Square Mall
Movie Theaters
Movies at Mount Berry Square
2822 Martha Berry Highway
(706) 235-7799
Movie Theaters
Rome Cinemas
2535 Shorter Ave.
(706) 235-8009
Movie Theaters
Village Theaters & MB's
836 Turner McCall Blvd.
(706) 235-7799
Major Sports Teams
Rome Braves: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: : 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.: : 1 hour, 20 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 32 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 29 responses

  • 3% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 21% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 62% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 10% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 3% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 28 responses

  • 39% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 57% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 3% Totally.
  • 38% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 59% No way.



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