Local Atmosphere

Staunton, VA
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Living on campus of Mary Baldwin College is alright for me personally. I am not much a party animal because my classes are more important to me. I am also a cadet in the Virginia Women's institute for Leadership and that is a very demanding lifestyle to live in. The community is very supportive of my college and consistently are involved in many activities that we put on for the students on campus. We are involved with community events throughout the school year and we look to engage ourselves in anything that we can to make our area a better place to live in. Safety has become a heightened precaution in the area due to crimes committed around town but on campus there isn't too much to worry about. Shopping is seldom done in the little town of Staunton unless you are headed to the local Walmart or Martins. When you want to shop you have to travel 30 minutes to either Harrisonburg or Charlottesville.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Its in a small artisan town, so nice but can be expensive.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Staunton is full of historical culture.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Its in the middle of no where.

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1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I would say the local atmosphere is a love/hate type of thing. Personally, I don't like it at all. Staunton is rural and painfully small. There is very little to do. Occasionally there are some fun events downtown, but that's rare.(Also, "downtown" consists of one small section of a single street. That's how small Staunton is.) There's more to do if you drive to Harrisonburg/JMU.

If you're the kind of person who thrives on busy-ness and activity, Staunton will drive you slowly insane. If you like small-town communities that don't have a ton going on, you'll appreciate Staunton's charm.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 26 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 25 responses

  • 24% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 60% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 16% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% 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 25 responses

  • 12% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 48% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 40% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 25 responses

  • 48% No way.
  • 40% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% Totally.


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