Hiram has charm. It is a tiny, rural area in the middle of a huge mass of cornfields and soybean farms. There are trees and adorable little houses everywhere. All of the students and villagers are happy, friendly, and welcoming. Most students feel right at home when at school. But apart from the aesthetics, Hiram is isolated. The nearest shopping centers are about a half-hour away and include Walmart, Target, and Chipotle, to name a few places. There is a smaller town about three miles away from Hiram called Garrettsville. It has a tiny movie theater, a bowling alley, a grocery store, and some fast food restaurants. It is sort of the joke among Hiram students to say they are "going into town" for some McDonald's.
Hiram's isolation is the worst during the winter, when it is difficult to drive anywhere. The students get bored, and cabin fever becomes a problem. There are a couple of places for students to go that are within walking distance of campus, including a bar and a pizza place. But other than that, there are no other surrounding activities. A great thing about Hiram, though, is that while it's in a beautiful natural area, it's an easy 45-minute drive away from Cleveland, which has great nightlife, a popular theater district, and fun places for college students, such as Tremont and Coventry.