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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Omaha is a decent city on the rise

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of things to do in Omaha and they are fairly easy to get to from campus. Theres plenty of shops and places to eat in the Old Market area. However there are not many that are walking distance when it gets cold so either you have to catch a ride from a friend or take a taxi.

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: You need a car or friends with one if you want to do anything around here, especially during winter. Bar scene is big in the old market, not much outdoor activities due to the terrible weather (unless you like sledding a lot). Restaurants are pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you don't have a car or a close friend with a car you will rarely be able to leave campus. Omaha is a great city but there really isn't too much to do.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is never not something to do in Omaha, the Old Market is always fun.


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Maddy Kovarik
Rapid City, SD
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Omaha has some really terrific attractions, like the much-touted Henry Doorly Zoo. Artsy types will enjoy the Joslyn Art Museum, situated nearly on campus, which hosts excellent traveling exhibits. The downtown Old Market is just a short 20-minute walk from campus and is excellent for those who enjoy shopping or unique restaurants. But music may be what Omaha is best known for among certain crowds. Students interested in the indie music scene have access to some sweet concerts in the hometown of Saddle Creek Records and bands like The Faint and Bright Eyes. There are a few very small colleges in town besides Creighton, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha is several blocks away. Some people swear by the anonymity and laid-back nature of the UNO crowd, and sometimes the fraternities there have parties that provide a good chance to become acquainted with outsiders. Sporty types might have trouble finding much entertainment in a town without a popular professional team, yet the UNO Mavericks hockey games are well-attended, and Creighton’s own basketball team is pretty popular.

Basically, if you step off campus in Omaha, one of three things happens: 1.) You’re offered a job—everyone knows we’re smart and hard-working; 2.) you’re called a snob—this is the most expensive school in the state, after all; or 3.) you get mugged. Seriously, it’s Omaha, it’s Nebraska, it’s the Midwest—it’s 15 minutes to the nearest cornfield—but this is the most urban part of one of the least urban parts of the country. However, many people retain that small-town simplicity and humbleness, so if this irritates you, steer clear of the suburbs, and stay near campus where there’s plenty to do.


Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. If you want a job that involves calling people on the phone, there's a good chance you can find one in Omaha, where more than two dozen telecommunications call centers employ about 20,000 people in one of the largest centers of telemarketing in the country.
  2. Omaha is the hometown of billionaire business genius Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway company is based here.
  3. Craving prime rib? Omaha is, of course, home of the delectable and popular Omaha Steaks brand of meat.
  4. Speaking of steak, Omahans like to eat. Some say the city has the most restaurants per capita in the country.
  5. Omaha hosts the Division-I NCAA College World Series every year at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Notable Natives
  • Fred Astaire
  • Marlon Brando
  • Warren Buffett
  • Chip Davis
  • Fred Henry Fonda
  • Gerald Ford
  • Bob Gibson
  • Mike Johanns - U.S. secretary of agriculture
  • Chris Klein
  • Malcolm X
  • Nick Nolte
  • Conor Oberst
  • Alex Payne
  • Andy Roddick
  • Gale Sayers
  • Nicholas Sparks
  • Lawrence Welk
  • Paula Zahn
Local Slang
  • Beans: That stuff growing in all the fields outside town (besides corn); it's short for soybeans, not green beans.
  • The Big O: Omaha's nickname, from the Chamber of Commerce
  • Dodge: The main street through town
  • Huskers: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln mascot; term is specifically synonymous with the football team; through fall, the state suffers a red madness.
  • Pedestrians: The five or so people you may see walking in a given day; everyone drives in this city.
  • Pop: Definitely Omaha's word for soda
Points of Interest
  • Durham Western
  • El Museo Latino
  • Gerald R. Ford’s birthplace
  • Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Heritage Museum
  • Holland Performing Arts Center
  • Joslyn Art Museum
  • Old Market
  • Rosenblatt Stadium
Shopping Centers
  • Crossroads Mall
  • Mall of the Bluffs in Council Bliff, Iowa
  • Old Market
  • Westroads Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Oakview Plaza 24
3555 S. 140th Plaza
(402) 333-0262
Movie Theaters
Cinema Center
2828 S. 82nd Ave.
(402) 827-3456
Movie Theaters
Dundee Theatre
4952 Dodge St.
(402) 551-3595
Major Sports Teams
  • Kansas City Royals: baseball
  • Omaha Beef: arena football
  • Omaha Lancers: hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Chicago: IL: 7 hours
  • Kansas City: MO: 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 50 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 51 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 31% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 61% 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 51 responses

  • 2% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 53% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 45% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 51 responses

  • 20% No way.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 29% Totally.


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