Local Atmosphere

Sarasota, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$29,812 ($6,783)
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The beaches are some of the best in the country. But the community is mostly split between retirees and the poorer section of the community. It's hard to say what the atmosphere is like.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: My colleges' atmosphere is very nice. New College of Florida is in the middle of nowhere when it comes to activities to do, however, the environment on campus is like nothing else. Students here refer to my college as 'the bubble' because of how drastically the atmosphere changes, for the better I assure you, once you step on campus.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Very strong retirement community. Good food, but nothing to do after 7 PM.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Sarasota is pretty lame. If you've got a car or money, you'll have fun. If not, prepare to go to the airport a lot--it's the only fun thing within walking distance of the campus. (Or the Ringling Museum, but that loses appeal quickly.)

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Beach is nice, but cars are easier. NCF is a bubble.


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Taylor Welsh
West Palm Beach, Fl
English Literature/Socioloy
Grad Year
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While Sarasota has more to offer than most students will admit, Novo Collegians tend to take limited advantage of these resources. Located on the West Coast of Florida, there are beautiful, world-class beaches with silky, white sand within a 10-minute drive. The weather is almost always beautiful, so it is possible to go to the beach all year long. Right next door is the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art featuring treasured European paintings that date as far back as the 16th century. It is home to the Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, the spectacular house of John Ringling that is replete with beautiful antique furnishings and decor. A new program is being offered to local college students where the museum opens its doors on Thursday nights, offering food, music, and exhibits. The city has been making more of an effort to cater to the largely unrecognized student population, but many feel that it is not doing nearly enough.

Downtown Sarasota is a quick drive away and offers a quaint, metro area that isn't particularly exciting. It has several art galleries and ritzy shops, but it mostly caters to the rich, old folks of Sarasota. During the winter season, there is a weekly farmers' market held downtown which many students attend and either buy or sell produce. For those who tire of being on campus, Tampa is an hour away. One of the more popular things to do off campus includes going to the movies at Burns Court or Parkway Cinema. Burns Court is an independent movie theater that can be on the pricey side. Conversely, Parkway is a dollar theater that offers second-run movies if you don't mind waiting to see the latest offerings. It is an inexpensive way to justify “leaving the bubble,” as students call it. New College has a strong campus culture, and the majority of students is proud of it and satisfied to stay within the "Center of the Universe."

Facts & Statistics

Points of Interest
  • Asolo Repertory Theatre
  • Downtown Sarasota
  • Lido Beach Resort
  • Ringling Museum of Art
  • Siesta Key
Shopping Centers
  • Main Street in Sarasota
  • Siesta Key Village
  • St. Armand's Circle
  • Westfield Sarasota Square
  • Westfield Southgate mall
Movie Theaters
Burns Court Cinema
506 Burns Lane
(941) 955-3456
Movie Theaters
Parkway 8 Cinema
6300 N. Lockwood Ridge Road
(941) 360-6741
Movie Theaters
Regal Hollywood 20
1993 Main St.
(941) 365-2000
Major Sports Teams
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NFL
  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays: MLB
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: NHL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • St. Petersburg, Fla.: : Less than 1 hour
  • Tampa, Fla.: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 24 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 23 responses

  • 4% Painfully remote.
  • 43% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 39% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 13% 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 24 responses

  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 67% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 29% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 63% No way.
  • 22% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% Totally.


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