Local Atmosphere

St. Petersburg, FL
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Eckerd is in a great locations, 10 minutes from St. Pete beach, 15 from the city of St. Pete, and 30 minutes from Tampa. There is a lot to do in downtown St. Pete. There are so many places to eat and lots of museums/art galleries or music venues. There is the Saturday Morning Market that everyone loves which sells fresh local fruit and other foods. I still have so much to see and explore in St. Pete after only being there for one year.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Friendly staff, friendly students and faculty.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Its typical Florida, you absolutely have to have a car or you will be miserable and regret your four years.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There's nice beaches and restaurants in St. Pete beach. Downtown is nice, but has a really artificial feel because it was made for retirees and tourists. Lots of sketchy areas all around.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: St. Pete is well known for its beautiful beaches and attractions. The night life, especially for students, is very fun, and there are a wide selection of other activities in Tampa Bay. There are three major sports teams in Tampa and lots of shopping destinations in both cities. There are lots of great places to go out for dinner and you will very rarely be dissapointed. Parking is impossible.


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Elise Luce
Los Alamos, N.M./Decatur, Ga.
Environmental Studies
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Maybe it’s because of the unusually nice weather or living so close to the beach and incredible wealth of natural beauty and resources, but there is a very low-key, friendly vibe in St. Pete. This relaxed, feel-good mood extends to campus and the attitudes of the students and professors, as well. The College has very good ties with the outside community and really does a lot to get the students involved in life off campus through everything from service learning to internships at The Pier Aquarium or local businesses.

Although Eckerd is not located right in downtown, there is always stuff happening there for students, and getting there is no problem. There are some other small colleges in St. Pete, including a branch of USF, but the students are elusive and rarely seen or heard from. Overall, from the beach to the cultural activities downtown, there’s plenty to keep students entertained, and Tampa is only 20 to 25 minutes away for a change of pace. A popular destination in Tampa is Ybor City, a district known for its clubs, restaurants, shows, and atmosphere.


Facts & Statistics

Notable Natives
  • Angela Bassett
  • Al Capone
  • Billy Corgan
  • Megan Fox
  • Jack Kerouac
Points of Interest
  • Fort De Soto Beach
  • The Pier Aquarium
  • Salvador Dali Museum
  • Saturday Morning Market
  • State Theater
Shopping Centers
Tyrone Square Mall
Movie Theaters
Muvico Baywalk 20 and IMAX
151 2nd Ave. N
Downtown Baywalk
(727) 502-0965
Major Sports Teams
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NFL
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: NHL
  • Tampa Bay Rays: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Orlando: FL: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Tampa: FL: 20-25 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 41 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 43 responses

  • 7% Painfully remote.
  • 23% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 12% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 19% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 40% 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 42 responses

  • 14% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 55% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 31% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 42 responses

  • 21% No way.
  • 45% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 33% Totally.


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