Local Atmosphere

Clemson, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$30,004 ($13,076)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town of Clemson revolves around its college and its pretty much just the college and then some restaurants. Downtown Clemson has mostly shops that sell Clemson merchandise and restaurants and a few bars. Anderson is pretty close which has more shopping and has places like target and kohls.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The town is really safe. You can walk or run at any time. The bars at night is the only place in which students can hang out. There are different activities like the Y-beach and the lake. We can play any sport we want. Students at Clemson love to constantly exercise. We have some boutiques around for shopping, but they are expensive. We also have stores in downtown, and we can buy any time of clothes. Sports clothes is the most popular type of clothe at Clemson.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: My school is located in a rural town near a bigger city (about 45 minutes away by car). Nightlife offers barhopping but most of the activity takes place at student houses and apartments. Most of the neat things to do takes place around an hour away. But the town is extremely well kept and there's a botanical garden owned by the school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The City of Clemson is Clemson University. The University is the main attraction itself. During the summer the locals joke that it is a dead and quiet atmosphere and that the average age increases by at least 10 years. Because students are the main source of business and revenue they are treated very highly by the locals.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Clemson has a beautiful scenery. Everyone here is generally friendly to each other and doesn't mind helping someone in need out.


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Sarah Camille Hipp
Alexandria, VA
Communication Studies
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Obvious to anyone who visits Clemson, life here revolves around the school. The towns of Anderson and Seneca are only short drives away, but few find them to be more interesting than the university atmosphere at Clemson. Some students say there isn't much to do in or around Clemson, while other, more adventurous ones say they can't get enough of the outdoor activities the region has to offer. If nothing else, Clemson has a golf course and an enormous man-made lake on the outskirts of campus.

When students and alumni talk of the "Clemson Experience," they aren't talking about sitting in a classroom five days a week. The "experience" comes from exploring the area in and around Clemson and taking part in every opportunity to wear something orange. Even if you don't like football (which is life at Clemson), the school and the surrounding area offer limitless opportunities if you're willing to do a little searching. Greenville and Atlanta are great for the club/bar scene, and the Appalachian Mountains offer everything from camping to water skiing.

Facts & Statistics

Points of Interest
  • Fort Hill Historic House
  • The Hanover House
  • Lake Hartwell
  • South Carolina Botanical Gardens
  • T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena
Shopping Centers
  • Anderson Mall, Anderson, SC
  • Haywood Mall
Movie Theaters
Astro III Theatre
403 College Ave.
(864) 654-1670
Movie Theaters
Seneca Cinema 8
675 Bypass 123
(864) 882-0000
Major Sports Teams
  • Atlanta Braves: baseball
  • Carolina Panthers: football
  • Charlotte Bobcats: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 2 hours
  • Charlotte: NC: 2 hours
  • Greenville: SC: 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 116 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 116 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 41% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 53% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% 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 116 responses

  • 20% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 41% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 40% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 115 responses

  • 35% No way.
  • 47% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 18% Totally.



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