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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Greenville is absolutely beautiful, with many great restaurants and shopping. The mall in town is also very nice. In regard to parks, the park downtown is the perfect place to hang out with friends or do homework; it even has a gorgeous waterfall.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere in Greenville varies from the very beautiful and refreshing, to some of the lower end districts. The downtown area is beautiful, with plenty of restaurants, shopping areas, museums, and Falls Park. Greenville also has an excellent library downtown with lots of branches throughout the city. Greenville has a lot of art galleries, including local artists and BJU's M&G. If you like hiking, you can go to Parris Mountain for the weekend.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Greenville is amazing. I went there many times for walking or just hanging out. There is a cute little park not too far from the school that offers a quiet reprieve for homework. Downtown Greenville is culturally diverse and often has exhibits of every kind. You won't be bored going down there. The attitude of the locals towards students is mostly good. Some of the locals have preconceived ideas about the students, but if they actually got to know us they would see that we are not as bad as they might think.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: there is lots to do, I love Downtown Greenville, the park is beautiful and really enjoy the mountains in the fall - Lake Jocassee! and Paris Mountain are great for hiking.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are plenty of places to go and hang out with your friends. Plenty of malls, restaurants, ect.


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So Hyeun Cho
Seoul, South Korea
Public Relations Journalism and Mass Communication
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Welcome to the South, y’all! Downtown Greenville is a small but cozy place. For students, it is a great place to recharge after a day's hard work and escape from the academic stress of campus. Students get to interact with locals while hanging out and further expanding their networks. The downtown offers a variety of restaurants, and after enjoying a meal, there are a lot of great dessert places to check out. Broadway shows come once in a while to Greenville, but art shows are constant. Rather than loud clubs or bars, downtown mainly focuses on cultural events. On the weekends, a lot of street performers, local artists, and crafters come out. There are also a variety of beautiful parks in the area. Students who love art, coffee, and music definitely appreciate what downtown Greenville has to offer.

BJU is Southern enough to give non-Southern students culture shock; however, downtown Greenville is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. BJU students love downtown Greenville’s slowness and enjoy the artsy vibe. After the shock of Southern culture wears off, downtown Greenville keeps students from being homesick, and makes them think of Greenville as their home.

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Notable Natives
  • James Brown - soul singer
  • Stephen Colbert - comedian
  • Kristin Davis - actress
  • Joe Frazier - Olympic heavyweight boxer and champion
  • Andrew Jackson - seventh president of the United States
  • Eartha Kitt - actress and singer
  • Mary-Louise Parker - actress
  • Vanna White - TV personality
Points of Interest
  • Bi-Lo Center
  • BMW Zentrum
  • Bob Jones University - Museum & Gallery
  • Furman University
  • Greenville County Museum of Art
  • Greenville Zoo
  • Paris Mountain State Park
  • Peace Center for Performing Arts
Shopping Centers
  • Cherrydale Point
  • Haywood Mall
Movie Theaters
48 E. Antrim Dr.
(864) 235-6700
Movie Theaters
Regal Cherrydale Stadium 16
3221 N. Pleasantburg Dr.
(864) 370-9166
Movie Theaters
Regal Hollywood 20
1029 Woodruff Rd.
(864) 288-4200
Major Sports Teams
Clemson Tigers: NCAA Basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Charlotte: NC: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Knoxville: TN: 3 hours
  • Spartanburg: SC: 40 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 45 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 41 responses

  • 27% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 41% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 15% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 17% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 41 responses

  • 29% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 68% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 2% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 41 responses

  • 17% Totally.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 27% No way.
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