Local Atmosphere

Elizabeth City, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$14,868 ($4,150)
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2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I knew going to this school, that there probably wouldn't be much of a scenery. The school is located in a small town. It is perfect for those who want to get away from home and go to small school. They have small downtown area with little shops and restaurants. There is a waterfront nearby, which is actually a very nice scenery in my opinion. When it comes to shopping there's not really much to offer. Everyone goes to Virginia or to their hometown to do some shopping. When it comes to the sports, the University teams are what people go watch or the local grade schools. The locals are very, I believe it's the "southern hospitality". It looks as if the police are around often, but events still occur but that's everywhere. I believe if they continue to construct new businesses then it will continue to get better, but it's a small town, so I don't see much of that happening.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere in Elizabeth City is poor. Most people say it is a retirement area because of the lack of things to do. In order to have some quality fun most students go to Virginia which is only about 30 minutes away. There is not really a whole lot of transportation either. You either have a car or you are walking. There is only one place, that I know of, that provides transportation to locals. The water front which is downtown is a nice place to go with nice scenery of the water there is one museum located there. As far as places to shop you are better off going to Chesapeake, VA. There is one mall in EC that people nicknamed, "The Hallway" because that is literally all it is, with a limited amount of stores. There is an okay amount of places to eat however, they are mostly fast food places.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Its okay, im from new york so i've seen a lot better

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is not much to do here at all but the nice cities in Virginia are only 30-45 minutes away so thats where we go for fun.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere around my school is very average and not really that exciting. There that many attractions here in this town.


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Valerie Edwards
Aviation Science
Grad Year
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Elizabeth City is a pretty small town. There are not many things that would peak the interest of many college students. Most students travel to Virginia for entertainment, such as clubs, parties, and the beach. There is the Waterfront Park in Elizabeth City that is very peaceful, a museum that holds plenty of history for those interested, and one nightclub that many students go to, as well. The city, in general, is completely accommodating to the students; there are many businesses that allow students to hold different events, and the citizens are supportive of the University. There are plenty of places students can complete community service and internships, too.

Overall, the city is probably one of the safest cities for students. Police are always on patrol making sure everything, including the campus, is safe and free from harm. Elizabeth City State University shares Elizabeth City with one other college: College of the Albemarle. Both schools have aviation programs and have collaborated in order to build an aviation parkway. Some students who want to graduate early also take a few classes from Albemarle that may not be offered when they need them at Elizabeth City State University.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Elizabeth City has been named one of "The 100 Best Small Towns in America" by author Norman Crampton.
Notable Natives
James W. Owens - former chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc.
Points of Interest
  • Museum of the Albemarle
  • U.S. Coast Guard base
  • Waterfront Park
Shopping Centers
  • Jordan Plaza
  • Southgate Mall
  • Southgate Plaza
Movie Theaters
Gateway Cinema
1417 W. Eringhaus St.
Elizabeth City
(252) 335-3937
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Norfolk, Va.: : 1 hour
  • Virginia Beach, Va.: : 1 hour, 20 minutes
Did You Know?
Elizabeth City is home of the largest U.S. Coast Guard base on the East Coast, and the base allows local students to take tours of the base.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 31 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 41 responses

  • 17% Painfully remote.
  • 17% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 22% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 32% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 12% 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 41 responses

  • 32% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 39% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 29% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 40 responses

  • 25% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 25% Totally.
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