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."