Local Atmosphere

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Around this city there is always something to do on or off campus, we are only a couple minutes from Hollywood, Los Angeles, and many beaches. It is a very diverse and cultural area.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It s a simple town not anything outstanding but peaceful

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The campus is located within the San Fernando Valley and in the summer it could get sweltering hot. It is also within arms reach of nice restaurants and shopping malls, most students either live in the dorms or at home, making the campus a commuter school.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everyday is a struggle to drive due to traffic. Plus very few parking spots with the danger for collision toward other drivers. However, lots of shopping mall and park for relaxation.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot attractions nearby the campus that which many students get together and go to. There are theme parks that are not too far from the campus. Also, there are several activities on and off campus that the university lets us know about. There is a mall very close to the university.


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Julie Ritchie
English/Liberal Studies
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CSUN is part of the mesh of bustling cities that make up the San Fernando Valley, just over the hill from Los Angeles. It has city life written all over it. Economically speaking, CSUN floats between two financially different communities: Reseda, which is south of CSUN, is a bit rundown, but Granada Hills, north of CSUN, is one of the most upscale communities in the Valley. There are grocery stores within close proximity of the school, and other places including Target, Office Max, Rite Aid, and coffeeshops are nearby. Since things are so close together, you will find that some students walk or ride their bikes to the mall, movie theater, or grocery stores, although the majority of students has cars and finds it more convenient to drive.

For the most part, CSUN students agree that Northridge lacks the youth and edginess of a college town. However, in many ways, the town has shaped itself around the college and its students. For example, most of the bars in town offer a college night, and most restaurants offer a student discount. Since there are a limited number of college hangouts in Northridge, it's best to go to LA to party every once in a while. Aside from clubs and bars, LA also offers many museums, a zoo, and places to visit, like Universal City Walk, which Northridge does not. In many ways, CSUN students have the best of both worlds because they can experience the excitement of LA and yet escape from the madness.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
In "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," Elliot's neighborhood was set in an area above Northridge known as Porter Ranch.
Notable Natives
  • Jackie Earle Haley – actor
  • Arianne Zucker – actress ("Days of Our Lives")
Points of Interest
  • Backbone Trail System
  • Griffin Park
  • Los Angeles River
  • Orcutt Ranch Horticulture Center
  • Santa Susana Mountains
Shopping Centers
  • Northridge Fashion Center
  • Westfield Shoppingtown Promenade
  • Westfield Topanga Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Promenade 16
21801 Oxnard St.
Woodland Hills
(818) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
Laemmle's Fallbrook 7
6731 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills
(310) 478-3836
Movie Theaters
Pacific Northridge Fashion Center All Stadium 10
9400 N. Shirley Ave.
(818) 501-5121
Movie Theaters
Pacific Winnetka All Stadium 21
9201 Winnetka Ave.
(818) 501-5121
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Ducks: NHL
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: MLB
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: : 45 minutes
  • San Diego: : 2 hours, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 190 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 185 responses

  • 34% 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.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 39% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 184 responses

  • 35% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 30% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 35% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 184 responses

  • 23% Totally.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 23% No way.


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