When going off campus in High Point, it’s a crapshoot. Some people in town love the University students for the business they bring in; others, however, aren’t fans of the students and can be a little rude. Those people aren’t as common as the stereotypical friendly Southerns that mostly fill the town of High Point. The city, in general, works a lot with the University when it comes to buying land, new construction, and becoming a part of campus life. There are a ton of restaurants and stores in town that have become “Passport Partners” with the University and are always very accommodating to students. When given the choice, most students would rather spend their free time on campus. Trips into town or neighboring Greensboro and Winston-Salem are common but only for shopping, groceries, food, or a new movie. Students will take overnight trips to nearby Elon and Wake Forest to visit friends and explore a new party scene. Some other close attractions are the Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro, about 15 minutes away, and the North Carolina Zoo, located in Asheboro, about a 45-minute drive from campus.
Off-campus safety should always be a concern for any college student. When going off campus at High Point, the important thing to keep in mind is not to go into an area that looks unsafe. If your gut is telling you, “Hey, maybe I shouldn’t be walking alone at night down this random street,” chances are your instincts are right. Your best and safest bet is to stay on campus when you can, and when you can’t, just go out in a group and make smart decisions.