Local Atmosphere

Saint Louis, MO
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The college itself is wonderful. It is near a highway so to get anywhere is fast and simple.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is in a moderate sized city with many near by attractions.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Maryville is close to the city of St.louis which has a lot to offer, from spas, coffee shops, museums, and clubs. the down fall is that the school is located in one of the richer suburbs of St.louis so the prices at the local stores are higher.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Maryville has a great location in my opinion. West of campus on highway 40 about 10 minutes away is the Chesterfield Valley, which has a ton of stores and restaurants available for students if needed. There is also a hospital right next to campus, in case of an emergency and for job opportunities. Attractions close to Maryville include the Chesterfield mall 5 minutes West from it, and the St Louis City about 25 minutes East of campus. Since Maryville is located right outside St Louis City, students are safe.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It has several locations and they all seem to be at a good location. Many shopping centers and entertainment centers as well as learning spaces for students.

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Brittney Curtis
Camden, NJ
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The atmosphere at Maryville is phenomenal. There is always something to do around the University. It's a very close community setting with a lot activities around campus. The local atmosphere is radiant, from the beautiful trees to the blooming flowers, the sounds of the flamboyant geese to the crisp fresh air. In the area near Maryville, you’ll find lots of beautiful parks.

If you can't find something around the University, going downtown is your best bet. It's only 20 minutes from campus and has tons of family-oriented activities and events. There are many downtown attractions, such as Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals. Other spots include the City Museum, the Zoo, Science Center, and the Art and History museums. A lot the museums and exhibits are free, so that is an extra bonus. The best areas for entertainment are the Delmar Loop, Forest Park, Westport Plaza, Central West End, and Soulard, and these areas make up a large portion of St. Louis.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. St. Louis hosted the World's Fair in 1904 at Forest Park.
  2. The zoo, Science Center, and Art and History Museum are free to visit.
  3. Chesterfield Valley is the largest open-air retail center in the United States.
  4. Lone Elk Park has real elk that actually come less than a foot from your car when you ride through the trail. But don't worry, they're harmless.
  5. Busch Stadium hosted the 2009 All-Star baseball game.
Notable Natives
  • Maya Angelou - poet, actress
  • Scott Bakula - actor, "Quantum Leap"
  • Yogi Berra - MLB hall of famer
  • Chuck Berry - rock musician
  • Daniel Boone - explorer
  • Adolphus Busch - co-founder of Anheuser-Busch
  • Harry Caray - sportscaster
  • Bob Costas - sportscaster
  • Sheryl Crow - singer-songwriter
  • Miles Davis - musician
  • Phyllis Diller - comedian
  • Jack Dorsey - creator of Twitter
  • Jenna Fischer - actress, "The Office"
  • John Hamm - actor, "Mad Men"
  • Scott Joplin - composer, musician, "The Entertainer"
  • Kevin Kline - Academy Award-winning actor
  • Charles Lindbergh - pilot
  • Taylor Momsen - actress, "Gossip Girl"
  • Joseph Pulitzer - publisher, creator of Pulitzer Prize
  • Ike & Tina Turner - singers
Points of Interest
  • The Butterfly House
  • Castle Rock, Faust, Forest, Lone Elk, Queeny, and Rocketship parks
  • City Museum
  • The Gateway Arch
  • History Museum
  • Laclede's Landing
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Meramec Caverns
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • The Muny
  • Six Flags of St. Louis
  • St. Louis Art Museum
  • St. Louis Science Center
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Transportation Museum
  • Wax Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Chesterfield Mall
  • Chesterfield Valley
  • Galleria
  • West County Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Theaters - Chesterfield 14
3000 Chesterfield Mall
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
AMC Theaters - West Olive 16
12657 Olive St.
Creve Coeur
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Des Peres 14 Cine
12701 Manchester Road
Des Perex
(800) 326-3264
Movie Theaters
Landmark Plaza Frontenac
1701 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis
(314) 995-6285
Major Sports Teams
  • St. Louis Blues: NHL
  • St. Louis Cardinals: MLB
  • St. Louis Rams: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
St. Louis: MO: 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 20 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 20 responses

  • 5% Painfully remote.
  • 25% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 10% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 20% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 40% 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 19 responses

  • 16% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 26% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 58% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 21 responses

  • 14% No way.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 43% Totally.


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