Local Atmosphere

Brunswick, ME
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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: If you like the small-town feel, the town of Brunswick is great! Everything shuts down at 1am, so not for those who want to party all night, but people will recognize you in town and in general the townies are pretty nice to the students (unless you're clearly a privileged asshole, because they already assume you will be--if you strive to not be this person or just aren't, you're fine). The restaurants are all delicious and we have quite a bit of diverse/ethnic options for our location in Brunswick, ME. And I've never felt unsafe walking around at night, even at 3pm. But if you're a nervous nellie, there's a campus shuttle called Safe Ride that takes students around to different places on campus like the library/dorms, and some places in town (perfect if you don't want to walk back from Joshua's, the local/one of few bars in town) until 2am.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Brunswick is an amazing small town! The locals are very supportive of the college and are very friendly around the students! No major attractions are in Brunswick; you would have to travel outside of Brunswick in order to find the attractions. If you like the small town vibe, Brunswick would be the perfect place to live.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Very nice townspeople. We have a great relationship with the community.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Brunswick is one of the best small towns in America. There are honestly too many excellent restaurants within walking distance of campus that it makes it hard to choose. Local business owners love Bowdoin students and they are welcome at every establishment. For those looking for a more urban feel this would not be the place to be.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Small, New England town. The College definitely fuels much of the local economy. Population seems to be more elderly than youthful.

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Danica Loucks
Hamilton, Mont.
Probably Sociology and German
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Brunswick has a New England feel with antique stores, boutiques, and restaurants dotting Maine Street, and the town is filled with tree-lined streets, open parks, bed and breakfasts, nice stores, eateries, and much more. Like much of New England, Brunswick boasts an amazing fall with the changing colors, cool refreshing temperatures, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, and an amazing sense of serenity. Maine also has many natural offerings for Bowdoin students. In warmer weather, swimming, surfing, hiking, and boating opportunities are easily accessible, and when winter arrives, students take advantage of skiing at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Saddleback Mountain.

Bowdoin’s campus is adjacent to the downtown area and is close to hospitals, shopping, and the ocean. Students coming from larger cities comment that, at times, the town doesn’t offer enough variety to complement their busy lifestyles, but the opposite can be quite true for students coming from more rural backgrounds. Whatever the case, Brunswick is consistently modernizing and encourages college students to engage in local shopping and activities. A number of amazing restaurants exist along Maine Street, and bigger stores are clustered together at Cook's Corner. Student-resident relations generally depend on which organizations students choose to join—programs like Bowdoin Book Buddies or the host family program foster positive relationships. However, interaction with the world outside of the Bowdoin Bubble can be nonexistent or even negative, like when residents call Security to complain about a house party getting too rambunctious. But, in general, Bowdoin does a lot to give back to the community, and on the whole, students have a healthy relationship with Brunswick and often take the five-minute walk downtown for a cup of coffee or a nice sandwich or to find a cozy study spot off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Brunswick hosts the Bowdoin International Music Festival and is home to the Maine State Music Theatre, both of which put on performances throughout the summer.
  2. L.L.Bean headquarters is in nearby Freeport.
  3. Brunswick has one of the three historic pedestrian swinging bridges in Maine. Built in 1892, it is a steel and wood structure originally built as a way for workers from Topsham Heights to get to work at the Cabot Mill (Fort Andross).
  4. The islands in Casco Bay are sometimes called the Calendar Islands because of the popular legend that there are 365 of them.
  5. Brunswick is on the Androscoggin River and near the confluence of the Androscoggin and the Kennebec in Merrymeeting Bay.
Notable Natives
  • Leon Leonwood Bean - founder of L.L.Bean
  • Milton Bradley - game board manufacturer
  • Patrick Dempsey - actor
  • David E. Kelley - TV producer
  • Anna Kendrick - actress
  • Stephen King - author
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - poet
Points of Interest
  • Any of the several museums
  • Bailey Island Bridge
  • The coastline
  • Cultural festivals and arts community
  • Eagle Island
  • The mountains
  • Popham Beach
  • Ski areas
Shopping Centers
  • Cook's Corner in Brunswick
  • Downtown Brunswick
  • Freeport Outlets
  • Maine Mall in Portland
Movie Theaters
Eveningstar Cinema
149 Maine St.
(207) 729-5486
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Brunswick 10
19 Gurnet Rd.
(207) 798-3996
Major Sports Teams
  • Portland Pirates: Minor league hockey
  • Portland Sea Dogs: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 2 hours
  • Montreal: QC: 6 hours
  • New York City: NY: 6 hours
  • Portland: ME: 35 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 34 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 32 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 78% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 19% 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 32 responses

  • 22% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 62% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 16% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 35 responses

  • 37% No way.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 11% Totally.



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