Local Atmosphere

Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
11,956
Tuition (in-state)
$12,039 ($5,829)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: We're located in the middle of a huge city. The "locals" could care less about us.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's located in the heart of NYC which is amazing

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Hunter's in NYC, it's up to individuals to make the most of that. Hunter is a 10 minute walk from Central Park and museums along the Museum Mile, like the Met.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's in the heart of NYC so it's very busy with various attractions and activities nearby

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are many restaurants around the school, providing a diverse selection of food. The number of restaurants available near the school provides students with new food opportunities, allowing them to leave their comfort zones of conventional fast foods. Local cafes also provide means of quiet and relaxing space for studying. While such benefits exist for the life of students in busy Manhattan, one must always remain keen when travelling around. Being a busy and intolerant city, traffic is severe and people are always rushing. One must maintain a good sense of surroundings in order to ensure that one does not encounter a hazard to their safety and well-being.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Etinosa Agbonlahor
Hometown
Nigeria
Major
Psychology and Creative Writing
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Hunter College is a lot like New York City itself. There are many things to keep students entertained, and most students prefer to spend their free time in the surrounding area or to take the trains to wherever they want to shop, eat, watch a movie, or just hang out. For most of the areas around the school (and Manhattan in general), safety is not an issue, as the streets are often filled with people.

To the north and south of Hunter are large stores like Bloomingdale's, H&M, and Victoria's Secret, as well as bookstores, coffeehouses, cinemas, libraries, and a multitude of restaurants that serve everything from unique salads to Indian food. To the west is Central Park, the Lincoln Center, and a ton of museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To the east is the East River and large stores like The Food Emporium. There are a wide variety of things that students can do around Hunter, but students can also take MTA buses or trains to other boroughs or to the Lower East Side where prices are more student friendly. Schooling in the middle of Manhattan definitely has its perks, and while prices may be on the high side for students' budgets, many places around the city offer discounts to students with an ID (some museums also let students in for free).

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Six in 10 residents ride the city's subway system, including New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who can be seen every morning on the 6 line.
  2. Thirty-six percent of the New York City population was born outside of the United States.
  3. New York City has 4,000 street vendors who sell food like hot dogs, pretzels, and other snacks.
Notable Natives
  • 50 Cent - rapper and actor
  • Herman Melville - author of Moby Dick
  • Jack Nicholson - actor
  • Al Pacino - actor
  • Colin Powell - former Secretary of State
  • Adam Sandler - actor and comedian
  • Martin Scorsese - director
  • Jerry Seinfeld - comedian
  • Christopher Walken - actor
Local Slang
  • The 1/2/3/5/A/C/E/etc.: Trains are called by their numbers or letters. For example, a Hunter College student will take the 6 to school every day (meaning the 6 train).
  • Bodegas: Local delis
  • The City: Manhattan
  • MTA: Any train or bus
Points of Interest
  • Astor Place
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Central Park
  • Chrysler Building
  • City Hall Park
  • Coney Island
  • Ellis Island
  • Empire State Building
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Grant’s Tomb
  • Ground Zero
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Macy’s Department Store
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of Natural History
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • New York Public Library
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Times Square
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Wall Street
  • Yankee Stadium
Shopping Centers
  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Kings Plaza Shopping Center
  • Manhattan Mall
  • South Street Seaport
  • Staten Island Mall
  • Trump Tower
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13
1998 Broadway
New York
(212) 336-5000
Movie Theaters
Cinema 1 2 3
1001 Third Ave.
New York
(212) 753-6022
Movie Theaters
Clearview Cinemas: First and 62nd Cinemas
400 E. 62nd St. #1
New York
(212) 752-0694
Movie Theaters
United Artists 64th and 2nd
1210 Second Ave.
New York
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
  • New York Giants: NFL
  • New York Islanders: NHL
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Knicks: NBA
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Rangers: NHL
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: : 4 hours
  • Philadelphia: : 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 90 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 91 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% 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.
  • 93% 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 90 responses

  • 18% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 44% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 38% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 90 responses

  • 9% No way.
  • 40% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 51% Totally.

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