Local Atmosphere

New London, CT
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: New London itself is a small town that has some nice places to go to, but I personally love the surrounding towns, such as Mystic. Mystic is beautiful to walk around, has great shops and restaurants.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: New London is not walking distance, and it isn't too fun. Mystic is nice, but you also have to drive, and it's farther away. New York and Boston are each about 1 in a half hours away, but it's hard to get off campus to go there.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are very few schools in the area, other than a few community colleges and the Coast Guard Academy. The city of New London is pretty boring, and there aren't many options in terms of having fun in the town. Almost all activity occurs on campus, and the schools generally promotes students staying on campus.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not much accessibility to downtown unless you have a car. It seems very convenient to be so close to NYC and Boston, but in reality it isn't nearly as accessible as you think it would be.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: New London is a GREAT city. A little less affluent than the Conn atmosphere, but an incredible amount of diversity and great bars


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Andrew Patton
Montclair, N.J.
Government and American Studies
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New London’s claim to fame—its once booming whaling industry—won’t make any students (aside from a few scrimshaw fans) rush to Conn. Nevertheless, New London does have a few draws. First, history buffs will appreciate the many historical homes, monuments, and museums nearby. Second, the city has all the staples college students need, including a grocery store, a mall, bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and a Staples. The Coast Guard Academy and Mitchell College are both nearby, but Conn students don’t really mingle with either group

For the most part, students have mixed feelings toward New London. It has all the necessities, but Conn students don’t always feel like they are part of the New London community. The College works hard to encourage the students to go into the city, however, and increasingly more students are. In recent years it has become more student friendly, as more bars and restaurants have opened, and many students venture into the city several times a week to do community service. Ocean Beach and Harkness Memorial State Park are both about a ten-minute car ride away, as well. Both of these beaches are popular hang outs for students when the weather is warm. The city of Mystic is also nearby, and it scores high marks with students for its quaint shops and parent-friendly restaurants.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. New London has quite a storied history as a whaling community. In 1866, the first steam whaler, the Pioneer, sailed from New London. And not far from Connecticut College, the Nile set sail in 1858 for what was to become the longest whaling voyage in recorded history. She didn't return home until April 1869-eleven years later!
  2. The world's largest resort casino, Foxwoods, is a mere twenty minutes away, tempting of-age students to try and pay off student debts early.
  3. Pfizer-the pharmaceutical company that produced Viagra-has its $294-million Global Research & Development headquarters in New London. The company has a good relationship with Connecticut College and periodically recruits promising chemistry majors for internships and full-time positions.
  4. Knowlton House may put on a haunted house every Halloween, but according to the locals, it's really New London's Lighthouse Inn that is haunted. The story goes that a bride fell down a flight of steps in the hotel and broke her neck. Supposedly, she can still be seen roaming the guest rooms in her wedding gown.
  5. The first submarine sandwich was served in New London in 1926. Since they became enormously popular with sailors in the nearby Groton submarine base, the sandwiches soon became known as "submarines" or "subs."
Notable Natives
  • Eugene O'Neil - playwright
  • Nathan Hale - American revolutionary
  • Edward Clark Potter - American sculptor
Local Slang
  • Frappe: Milk shake
  • Jimmies: Ice cream topping
  • Rotary: Traffic circle
  • Wicked: An intensifying adverb; loosely translated, it means "very." Example: "That class was wicked boring."
Points of Interest
  • Foxwoods Casino
  • Harkness Memorial State Park
  • Lyman Allen Museum
  • Mohegan Sun Casino
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Mystic Pizza
  • Mystic Seaport
  • New London Ledge Lighthouse
  • Ocean Beach
  • Tao House Museum
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
Shopping Centers
  • Crystal Mall
  • New London Mall
Movie Theaters
Garden Arts Center
325 State St.
New London
(860) 444-6766
Movie Theaters
Hoyts Mistick Village Cinemas
27 Coogan Blvd.
Olde Mistick Village
(860) 536-4227
Movie Theaters
Niantic Cinema
279 Main St.
East Lyme
(860) 739-6929
Major Sports Teams
New England Patriots: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 2 hours
  • Hartford: CT: 45 minutes
  • Providence: RI: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 16 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 17 responses

  • 24% Painfully remote.
  • 24% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 47% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 6% 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 17 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 82% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 18% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 16 responses

  • 81% No way.
  • 19% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.
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