Local Atmosphere

Location
Lakeland, FL
Undergrads
2,185
Tuition
$27,930
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Beautiful location and place to live. I love it.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are tons of places to shop and eat if you drive around 5 minutes outside of campus. There are local malls and shopping centers. Also, downtown is amazing at night.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you are looking for something to do, and know enough people, there is always something going on.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You are an hour away from Tampa and Orlando, and that's where everything really happens. Lakeland has shops and a mall. It has a lot of food options. Harry's downtown Lakeland is the best!

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Coming from Miami, Lakeland is boring. In the grand scheme of things there are plenty of amenities, but not a lot to do off campus. The nightlife is so-so and quality food or entertainment options are harder to find without driving to Tampa or Orlando. There is a bit of an ultra-conservative/confederate flag-waving mentality among some of the locals but there are plenty of friendly open-minded people too. Overall the area is okay, but I do not plan on living here after graduating

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Erin Ferguson
Hometown
Orlando
Major
Communication
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Lakeland is very accommodating to its students, mostly because of the small-town atmosphere. Businesses are very willing to help out school organizations with donations for fundraisers. Special offers for students are sometimes available as well, especially in the case of small businesses. Despite its size, Lakeland has many opportunities for entertainment that may not be as obvious or visable as in a big city, but exist nevertheless. Many days can be spent away from campus, just exploring the small shops or relaxing around many of the nearby lakes. Be sure to bring bread for the ducks! If small-town adventures aren't entertaining enough, Orlando and Tampa are an hour away from campus. Both cities hold enough theme parks, clubs, and other activities to satisfy anyone. Plus, beaches are close by for a good weekend away from campus.

During the day, most students are somewhere on campus, whether for a class, meeting, or athletics. In the evening and on weekends, numerous events are held. A good number of students, including upperclassmen, will stay on campus for these events, which often include music and free food, so there is always a good reason to attend. Plus, most students find these events are a good way to socialize because their friends are the ones who hosted the student-organized event. Another reason why students tend to stick around on campus, especially at night, is that some areas around Lakeland are not the best areas to be in after dark.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Lakeland has one of the first Hindu temples in the United States.
  2. Publix supermarkets are based in Lakeland.
  3. The Detroit Tigers use Lakeland as spring training headquarters.
Notable Natives
  • Rhea Durham - fashion model
  • Faith Evans - singer
  • Freddie Mitchell - NFL player
  • Kara Monaco - Playboy playmate
  • Andrew Reynolds - professional skateboarder
Local Slang
  • Coke or soda: Pop
  • Iced tea: Sweet tea
  • Shirley Temple: Non-alcoholic cocktail
Points of Interest
  • Cypress Gardens
  • Fantasy of Flight
  • Sun 'n Fun
Shopping Centers
  • Lakeland Square Mall
  • Lakeside Village
Movie Theaters
The Cobb
1650 Town Center Dr.
Lakeland
(863) 937-0416
Movie Theaters
Silver Moon Drive-In
4100 New Tampa Hwy
Lakeland
(863) 682-0849
Major Sports Teams
  • Lakeland Flying Tigers: Minor league baseball
  • Lakeland Thunderbolts: American Indoor Football Association
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Daytona Beach: FL: 2 hours
  • Miami: FL: 4 hours
  • Orlando: FL: 1 hour
  • Tampa: FL: 40 minutes
Did You Know?
Make sure to check out local festivals in Lakeland, such as Pig Fest and the Strawberry Festival. The culture, entertainment, and food are amazing.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 38 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 26% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 42% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 26% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% 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 38 responses

  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 58% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 32% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 38 responses

  • 39% No way.
  • 47% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 13% Totally.

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