Local Atmosphere

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I've enjoyed living here thus far. Commuting is best in the summer when students are home.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: in Tallahassee everything is near the university

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are three colleges in this area so when shopping items can be really cheap.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: After graduation I plan on living some where else

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Overall, the atmosphere is nice. There is always something to do and the people are very friendly and because there are three college/universities in the area, the store are inundated with students from all walks of life. I believe, the last estimated total of students were anywhere from 70-90 thousand.


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Angel Neal
Tampa, Fla
Journalism/Magazine Production
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Life in Tally is what you make it. The city and the locals are very welcoming to the students, but there really isn’t much to do in the city that doesn’t revolve around FAMU or Florida State University. The clubs and parties make life here worthwhile, and school-related events, such as football games, step shows, band competitions, and choir balls, are fun. Probably the best time to enjoy life in Tallahassee is during the homecoming weeks for FAMU and FSU. However, there are a few local attractions to keep students entertained. Lake Ella is a nice spot to take a walk with your significant other, Tallahassee’s art museum is perfect for art lovers, and the local movie theaters are hot spots for students throughout the week.

When students want to venture away from campus, the first place they usually escape to is Governor’s Square Mall. Tallahassee only has two malls, which upsets students, but it doesn’t stop them from hanging out at one of them. Florida State is about a five-minute drive from the FAMU campus, and students at the two universities will hang out: FAMU students like to spend time on the FSU campus, and FSU students like to hang out on The Set at FAMU. Tallahassee also has a community college, which is about 15 minutes from both universities. Overall, most things that students like to do here revolve around college life and not the city’s limited entertainment options and attractions.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The city's name is from a Muskogean Indian word that translates to "old fields."
  2. Tallahassee was selected as Florida's capital because it was halfway between St. Augustine and Pensacola, which were the capitals of the Spanish and British colonies. The location would cut down on travel time for meetings.
  3. Florida's Capitol building is 23 stories, making it the third-tallest U.S. state capitol building.
  4. Tallahassee was the center of the 2000 Presidential Election recount between George Bush and Al Gore.
  5. George Clinton, the founder of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, currently resides in Tallahassee.
Notable Natives
  • Wally Amos - founder of "Famous Amos" cookies
  • Ray Charles - musician
  • T-Pain - rapper
Points of Interest
  • Florida State Capitol
  • Florida State University
  • Lake Ella
  • The Mary Brogan Museum of Arts and Science
Shopping Centers
  • Downtown Marketplace
  • Governor's Square Mall
  • Tallahassee Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Tallahassee Mall 20
2415 N. Monroe St.
(888) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Movies 8
2810 Sharer Rd.
(850) 671-8080
Movie Theaters
Regal Governor's Square Stadium 12
1501 Governors Square Blvd.
(850) 878-7211
Major Sports Teams
  • Florida State Seminoles: NCAA
  • Tallahassee Thunder: Arena football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Gainesville: Fla.: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Panama City: Fla.: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 122 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 117 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 8% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 62% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 17% 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 117 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 12% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 88% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 117 responses

  • 43% No way.
  • 48% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 9% Totally.


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