Local Atmosphere

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Tallahassee may be Florida's capital, but it is essentially a college town. There is not a ton to do off-campus, but there is still a downtown area and the Rez to hang out at. The shopping is not bad at all, the mall and some major roads have some pretty decent stores. There are not several locals living near campus because the suburb area is further away, but locals do seem to accept students, or at least not mind them.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Tallahassee is a great small town, but it's a college town. There are two universities and one community college in Tallahassee, so much of the population is between the ages of 18 and 24. There is not much more to the town than the schools.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town has a lot of history, so the buildings near campus are beautifully structured. There's a lot of restaurants and shopping options, and quite a few clubs near campus that students often go to.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: One of the funnest college towns I've ever experienced.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I have grown use to the city of Tallahassee even though I am use to bigger cities and interconnected cities lines.


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Cheryl Justis
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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This is a Southern town, so expect things to move at a slower pace. However, don't be fooled into thinking that nothing happens here. During the spring and summer, the state legislature is in session and the town is filled with movers and shakers. For political science, business, and communications majors, this can give the opportunity to see the deal-making and schmoozing first-hand. As for students that do not have an interest in government or legislation, there is still a lot to do in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee is home to two universities and a community college, so there is a large student population present, and not with just FSU students. This means there are twice as many bars, parties, and other activities to keep the average student entertained. More intellectual pursuits are also available in the form of museums, nature trails, and archeological sites. For the more adventurous, there are numerous places to visit that are within a few hours drive of town, including Wakulla Springs, the Florida Caverns, and the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab. Students also like to go to Panama City where the culture is very eclectic. Just keep in mind that appearances can be deceiving, and there is more to do in Tallahassee than meets the eye.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Tallahassee is the state capital of Florida.
  2. It is ranked as the No. 2 medium-sized college city in which to live.
  3. Tallahassee is considered one of America's most educated cities.
  4. On any given day, you may run into George Clinton (Parliament), Ted Turner, Jimmy Buffet, or several other celebrities who live in the area.
  5. The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, also called the MOAS, was formerly known as The Museum of Art and Science and the Odyssey Science Center. The MOAS offers a variety of educational programs, and FSU students have participated in a chemistry magic show. It also encourages student exhibitions, and admission is free to students.
Local Slang
  • Fixin' to: Meaning "getting ready to"
  • I reckon: A Southerner says this meaning "I think that"
  • Sink: A shortening of "sinkhole"; these are fairly popular swimming holes that dot the Apalachicola National Forest south of campus. The water comes from underground springs and is ice cold. These are great for hot August afternoons.
  • The Strip: The stretch of Tennessee Street near campus that consists of several popular student bars and clubs
  • Tennessee Waltz: Hitting all the bars on Tennessee Street in one night; this is usually done in celebration of a 21st birthday, when many of the drinking establishments offer a free beer or pitcher to the celebrant.
Points of Interest
  • Challenger Learning Center
  • FSU Reservation
  • Goodwood Plantation
  • Maclay State Gardens
  • Mary Brogan Museum of Arts and Sciences
  • Museum of Florida History
  • Wakulla Springs State Park
Shopping Centers
  • Governor's Square Mall
  • Market Square Shopping Center
  • Tallahassee Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Tallahassee Mall 20
2415 N. Monroe St.
(850) 386-4330
Movie Theaters
IMAX Theatre
200 S. Duval St.
(850) 645-7827
Movie Theaters
Regal Miracle 5
1815 Thomasville Rd.
(850) 224-2617
Movie Theaters
Regal Governor's Square
1501 Governor's Square Blvd.
(850) 878-7211
Movie Theaters
Student Life Cinema
113 S. Wildwood Dr.
Florida State campus
(850) 644-4455
Major Sports Teams
Jacksonville Jaguars: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Jacksonville: FL: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Panama City: FL: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 315 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 309 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 15% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 60% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 21% 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 309 responses

  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 35% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 62% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 309 responses

  • 45% No way.
  • 47% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 8% Totally.



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