Elon is in the middle of many other universities, including UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest. The town of Elon is very small, around 5,000–10,000 inhabitants (including university students and surrounding rural areas). The city of Burlington, which is about five minutes away, has a population of 47,592 inhabitants. Although that is a considerable population, many students complain about Burlington being too boring, though some like the quiet atmosphere. If you’re looking for a city with buildings taller than three stories, buses, metros, and people always busy going somewhere, Burlington is not the best area.
Burlington recently added Alamance Crossing, a shopping center with 41 stores and 11 restaurants. Other than that, there is a large variety of fast food restaurants and some “gems” that you have to search for. The city of Greensboro has many clubs and malls, the most popular of which is the Four Seasons mall. Raleigh has Southpoint, which is a more upscale mall with many popular stores. Most of the local entertainment comes from Elon’s campus or trips out of town.