Local Atmosphere

Easton, PA
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The city of Easton is okay. There's not much to do, but I find that many students do not have time or the need to go off campus for a lot of things. There are not any professional sports teams and the nightlife is not the best.

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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: All i'm here for is the college, and then im gone ;)

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Most partying is on campus. Plenty of great restaurants in Easton, but not much else.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Located in Easton, Pennsylvania.
The capital of sadness world wide. Note a nice area.

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2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not Much to Do – There is not much to do around lafayette. You really have to go out of town to do anything. The Lehigh Valley Mall is the best place for this since it is so large, but if you don't like shopping you are a bit out of luck.


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Shehtaz Huq
Dhaka, Bangladesh
English, Film and Media Studies
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How accommodating is the town? Are students entertained? Do students stay on campus or spend free time around the area? The City of Easton waits with bated breath for fall semester to resume up on College Hill. At least, that is the impression most first-time visitors would get. Starting late in the summer, the downtown district is decked in banners welcoming Lafayette students. Early in the fall semester, the mayor of Easton hosts "Lafayette Day." One Saturday in mid-September, downtown Easton throws its doors open for the college students. Free samples and events around the Easton Circle draw hundreds of college students each year. Later in the year, Easton is home to other events like the Chile Pepper Festival, Garlic Fest, and a month of free open-air concerts.

When the weather is nice, students can venture into town to check out the weekly farmers' market. Local farmers around the Easton area display their wares, from organic produce to dairy products. Local businesses also set up stalls, and locals out walking their dogs mingle with the college students. Weekends also give students the opportunity to eat at some of downtown Easton’s various restaurants—like sushi at Sogo, Thai cuisine at Phenom, or family-style brunch at Quadrant. The Easton bus terminal also provides regular bus services to New York City and Philadelphia. Bus lines like Greyhound and Trans-Bridge make frequent trips to major hubs at an affordable price. However, to get to transportation, one must walk down College Hill, which can be a bit of a challenge depending on the time of year. Local buses run to major supermarkets and department stores, too. Safety is generally not a problem; robbery and assault have rarely been reported, especially in the last few years.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Crayola crayons are manufactured in Easton.
Notable Natives
  • Jack Coleman - actor ("Heroes")
  • Joseph Force Crater - subject of the most famous missing person case
  • Daniel Dae Kim - actor ("Lost")
  • Sally Jessy Raphael - talk show host
  • George Taylor - signed the Declaration of Independence
Local Slang
  • The Circle: Easton's Center Square
  • P-Burg: Phillipsburg
  • Ware: Delaware River
Points of Interest
  • Crayola Factory
  • Historic Downtown Easton
  • National Canal Museum
  • The Purple Cow Creamery
  • State Theatre Center of the Arts
Shopping Centers
  • Lehigh Valley Mall
  • Palmer Park Mall
  • Phillipsburg Mall
Movie Theaters
Regal Northampton Crossings
3720 Easton/Nazareth Hwy.
(800) 326-3264
Movie Theaters
Regal Pohatcong 12
1246 Rt. 22 E
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
Allentown Patriots: Softball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: : 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 33 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 38 responses

  • 11% 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.
  • 18% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 3% 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 37 responses

  • 14% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 59% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 27% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 36 responses

  • 47% No way.
  • 44% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 8% Totally.



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