Local Atmosphere

Detroit, MI
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: You hear a lot of negative stuff about Detroit, but every large city has its problems. Stick to Midtown and the arts district and there's tons to do. There are also so many opportunities to get involved in reinventing the city, it's hard to choose just one to get involved with!

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Detroit is up and coming and the people in the university's around are now starting to live downtown. That is good news

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Photo department was not great when I was there, tons of political drama between the instructors.

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4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Detroit isnt typically known for its recreation, but this college is put right in the middle of all the multiple cultural museums. About ten minutes away is the downtown area, with tons of good eats, a casino, and ice skating in the winter.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It feels like there's always something going on off campus, be it gallery openings or parties. However, if you can't find anyone to go with you (especially since most people walk to wherever they're going), it can be unsafe. Also, it's incredibly hard to find things going on off campus that don't cost money. And when you're as broke as CCS leaves you, there's not much you can do for free.


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Natasha Guimond
Massena, NY
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The atmosphere of Detroit is alive. There's always something going on, and you can feel that with every breath you take. There is a pulse that reverberates through the city and all of its inhabitants. There is a certain energy, and it fuels the creative personalities that exist at CCS.

There are many things to do, but you must always stay on guard. Terrible things do happen here like anywhere else, and you need to be careful and don't venture out alone at night. Detroit is the biggest small town you'll ever go to.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Home to the first Van Gogh painting in a public collection in the United States at the Detroit Institute of Arts: "Self Portrait" by Vincent Van Gogh, 1887.
  2. The first mile of paved concrete road was finished in 1909, just north of the Model T plant on Woodward Avenue between McNichols and 7 Mile Roads.
  3. Built the nation's first urban freeway, the Davison, in 1942.
  4. Home to the oldest state fair in the nation, the Michigan State Fair, first held in 1849.
  5. Potato chip consumption capital of the world.
  6. Nation's largest island park within a city, Belle Isle Park.
  7. Home to the world's only floating post office, the J.W. Westcott II, which can be found on the Detroit River.
  8. North of Canada's southernmost point.
  9. Second in the nation in fishing rod sales.
  10. Shares the world's first automobile traffic tunnel between two nations, the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel.
  11. Home to the second-tallest hotel in North America, the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, which is 73 stories tall.
  12. Nation's first soda, Vernors, created in Detroit by pharmacist James Vernor in 1862. Detroit is also home to Sanders hot fudge, Better Made Potato Chips, Faygo soda pop, Stroh's Ice Cream.
  13. The most registered bowlers in the United States.
  14. First city in the nation to assign individual telephone numbers in 1879.
Points of Interest
  • Bell Isle
  • Comerica Park
  • Detroit Historical Museum
  • Detroit Institute of the Arts
  • Detroit Science Center
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Henry Ford Museum
  • Magic Stick
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Shopping Centers
  • Eastern Market - Detroit
  • Fairlane - Dearborn
  • Great Lakes Crossing - Auburn Hills
  • Main Street - Royal Oak
  • Oakland Mall - Troy
  • Somerset Collection - Troy
  • Twelve Oaks Mall - Novi
Movie Theaters
Burton Theatre
3420 Cass Ave.
(313) 473-9238
Movie Theaters
Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA
5200 Woodward Ave.
(313) 833-7900
Movie Theaters
Fisher Theatre
3011 W. Grand Blvd.
(313) 872-1000
Movie Theaters
Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave.
(313) 596-3204
Major Sports Teams
  • Detroit Lions: NFL
  • Detroit Pistons: NBA
  • Detroit Red Wings: NHL
  • Detroit Tigers: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Downtown Detroit: : 7 minutes
  • Windsor: Ontario, Canada: 25 minutes
Did You Know?
CCS is within walking distance of the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Historical museums, main branch of the public library, and Wayne State University, among other sites of interest.

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 25 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 20% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 8% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 72% 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 28 responses

  • 7% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 32% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 61% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

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

  • 28% No way.
  • 41% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% Totally.


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