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.