Local Atmosphere

Fort Myers, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$25,112 ($6,068)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town is quite small and everything closes at around 9.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Great for families or older singles, there isn't much do do other than go to the beach and work

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Its in a moderately rich neighborhood.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots of greenery, very quiet, far from things to do, and very safe.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Beautiful area and there is so much to do!

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Victoria Rice
Clearwater, FL
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Students have the Gulf Coast Town Center and the Miromar Outlets very close to campus, which offer a variety of stores and restaurants. However, other than these places, there's not much to do off campus. Eating and shopping are the main attractions, but not everyone enjoys this all of the time.

Students usually entertain themselves by finding stuff to do on campus. Overall, Florida Gulf Coast University is a beautiful campus, and the student body is very friendly.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins train in Fort Myers.
  2. In the 1985 movie "Day of the Dead," the abandoned city scene was filmed in downtown Fort Myers.
Notable Natives
  • Mindy McCready - country music singer
  • Deion Sanders - former NFL cornerback and MLB outfielder
Points of Interest
  • Caloosahatchee River
  • Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium
  • City of Palms Park
  • Edison and Ford Winter Estates
  • Gulf Coast Town Center
  • Harborside Event Center
  • Historic Downtown Fort Myers Art Walk
  • Southwest Florida Museum of History
Shopping Centers
  • Edison Mall
  • Miromar Outlets
Movie Theaters
AMC Merchants Crossing 16
15201 N. Cleveland Ave. N
Fort Myers
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Regal Bell Tower 20
13499 Bell Tower Dr.
Fort Myers
(239) 590-9696
Movie Theaters
Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16
10028 Gulf Center Dr.
Fort Myers
(800) 326-3264
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: : 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Miami: : 2 hours, 50 minutes
  • Orlando, Fla.: : 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Tampa, Fla.: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
There are lots of shopping plazas and restaurants around the school.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 94 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 94 responses

  • 9% Painfully remote.
  • 24% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 28% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 33% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 6% 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 93 responses

  • 37% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 35% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 28% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 93 responses

  • 26% No way.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 24% Totally.



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