Local Atmosphere

Bozeman, MT
Tuition (in-state)
$20,062 ($6,705)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Definitely a college town. Parts of the city shut down on football game days and you can hear the crowds from halfway across town. The city is very supportive of the college's sports. There are also many places to hang out outdoors, folf courses, lots of hiking trails, and two ski resorts nearby. The town itself is very outdoorsy and everyone is very friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Good atmosphere and plenty of things to do. Except they need more discounts for students..we are broke.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Bozeman is a very nice place to stay. You have a view of the mountains and lots of places to go fishing. The town is nice and has a lot of local owned businesses. My only warning is don't leave Bozeman if your black because people will give dirty looks.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are always things to do off campus like skiing or hiking however, there are not as many things to do on campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's Montana. Get out doors and there is a lot to see and do. You are fairly close to Yellowstone and other amazing outdoor opportunities. There is hiking, skiing, fishing, hunting, and more within minutes. Bozeman, however, isn't known for it's shopping, sports, museums, or other things along those lines. It is still a smaller city and we just don't have everything you want, but it has everything you need. The MSU sports teams are good and fun to watch and every now and then we get a concert or big show that passes through town.

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Erica Aytes
Pocatello, Idaho
English Literature/Spanish
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Bozeman is the type of town that tries to hang on to old traditions while bringing in new ones. Bozeman actually pulls it off and maintains some of its cowboy identity, while still having a great organic grocery store and bakery. Skiing is one thing nearly everyone living in the town or attending the University has in common. With the Bridger Mountains and ski slopes less than a half-hour drive away, and the world-class Big Sky Resort just 45 minutes away, everyone loves to ski. Cross-country skiing is also fairly popular, and Lindley Park is groomed every winter for that purpose. There is also Bohart Ranch located in the Bridgers, a very nice, though slightly expensive, place to try out Nordic skiing.

For those who either cannot afford or do not care for skiing, downtown Bozeman has a surprisingly large amount to offer for a town of approximately 35,000 friendly residents. Coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, and festivals are always available for entertainment. A perfect day in Bozeman might go something like this: Wake up early, have some banana bread French toast at the Cateye Café, go to Bridger for a half day of skiing or a hike, head back downtown and stop by a few of the more eclectic shops (check out Cactus Records), then have a delicious dinner at the Naked Noodle or La Parrilla before walking over to The Leaf and Bean for a cup of tea and live music. In spending a day like this, you'll discover the essence of Bozeman: outdoor country living with a splash of art and culture.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Bozeman's Hatch audiovisual arts festival features 10 student films selected from several different countries. The event lasts about one week and draws major celebrities to the town.
  2. Every August, Bozeman's Lindley Park is transformed into the home of the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts, where musicians, photographers, painters, and sculptors come together from all over the country to share their talents. Bozeman's Shakespeare in the Park is also featured at this time.
  3. The movie "A River Runs Through It" was filmed in the area in and around Bozeman. One scene was even shot in the Leigh Lounge on the MSU campus.
  4. Skiing Magazine always lists Bozeman among the top ski towns in the country.
  5. The Bozeman area is full of celebrities—Glenn Close even owned The Leaf and Bean coffeehouse at one point.
Notable Natives
Gary Cooper – actor
Local Slang
  • Californian: An excuse for anyone who does something unintelligent
  • Crick: A Montanan's version of creek
  • Eh: Think Coen Brothers' "Fargo"
Points of Interest
  • Big Sky Ski Resort
  • Bridger Bowl Ski Area
  • Hyalite Canyon
  • Museum of the Rockies
  • Yellowstone National Park
Shopping Centers
Gallatin Valley Mall
Movie Theaters
Hollywood–Gallatin Mall Cinemas
2825 W. Main St.
(406) 586-7469
Major Sports Teams
Bozeman Icedogs: Junior hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Billings, Mont.: : 2 hours, 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 84 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 85 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 1% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 13% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 82% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 4% 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 84 responses

  • 56% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 29% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 15% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 84 responses

  • 12% No way.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 36% Totally.



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