Local Atmosphere

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: In the middle of a risky city

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is not much to do in the city of Fitchburg itself.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Fitchburg is a dwindling city, really more of a town now. There isn't much here except the school, nature, and mountains. There are small town eateries and chain stores within walking distance. Off campus parties are common as many of the houses around the campus are rented to students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere around campus is nurturing there is a museum that you can attend and there is a city mall.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I have lived in this city my whole life! I love it but I would love to explore the world.


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Bekka Farquharson
Natick, MA
Professional Communications
Grad Year
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Fitchburg State is located in a city that is known for its not-so-friendly citizens. However, if you use your best common sense you will be fine. The neighboring streets tend to draw some negative attention because of the residents, but if you pay attention and stick to groups, you will not run into any bad situations.

Attractions and local retail vendors are spread across the city of Fitchburg, some within walking distance, some a car ride away. There are many more things to do in Leominster and Lunenburg, such as going to the movies, shopping, etc. The mall is a five-minute drive away in Leominster. The mall is a single story and has stores like Kay Jewelers, Hot Topic, Aeropostale, and Chuck E. Cheese. There is a movie theater, Entertainment Cinema, next to the mall, but Cinema World on John Fitch Highway has better discounts and prices for students on a budget. The commuter rail, MBTA, has a station at the end of North Street, and it can take you all the way into Boston, North Station/TD Garden for $7.75. The ride takes an hour and 30 minutes from Fitchburg to Boston.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
We are the hometown of the professional Quidditch team, the Fitchburg Finches, in the Harry Potter series.
Notable Natives
  • Mike Barnicle - newspaper writer
  • Michael Beasley - NBA player
  • James "Nixey" Callahan - MLB pitcher, later manager of the Chicago White Sox
  • Ripley Hitchcock - prominent editor
Points of Interest
  • Commuter Rail, takes you into Boston (North Station)
  • Fitchburg Art Museum
  • Fitchburg Riverfront Park
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
Shopping Centers
The Mall at Whitney Field
Movie Theaters
Cinema World Theatre
476 John Fitch Highway
(978) 345-6700
Movie Theaters
Entertainment Cinemas
45 Sack Blvd.
(978) 534-3536
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Boston: : 1 hour, 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 25 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 26 responses

  • 8% Painfully remote.
  • 69% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 12% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 8% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 4% 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 25 responses

  • 56% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 20% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 24% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 26 responses

  • 35% No way.
  • 62% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 4% Totally.


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