Local Atmosphere

Raleigh, NC
Tuition (in-state)
$21,661 ($8,206)
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Raleigh is a great place to live. It is a combination of city, country, and suburbs all in one. Downtown Raleigh is just a few miles away from campus and has many options for entertainment including museums, restaurants, parks, and local shops.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Not a lot things going on around campus may have to travel a bit.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: NC State is located in downtown Raleigh, so students essentially have access to anything they could ever want. Lake Johnson and Pullen Park are in close proximity, if one wanted to spend the day outside. The shopping is excellent; Cameron Village (mostly boutiques and restaurants) is within walking distance, and 3 large malls are within 30 minutes. Crabtree Valley Mall is less than 10 minutes away. Hillsborough Street, right on campus, is teeming with restaurants and bars (many of which offer student discounts). There are several museums downtown and the state capitol and other government buildings are nearby.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Raleigh is a fairly large city (compared with other cities in NC). I think anyone could fine something to do for a reasonable price.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are great restaurants and other good activities in the city.

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Matthew J. Cote
Teaneck, NJ
English: Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
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It's important for a student to find a college atmosphere fitting his or her needs. Hillsborough Street in Raleigh offers a significant part of that atmosphere. It's similar to Chapel Hill's Franklin Street. While not as active as Franklin Street, it serves students well with affordable restaurants, bars, and a bowling alley, all intertwined with shops. At the end of every semester, it is tradition for soon-to-be NCSU graduates to perform the Hillsborough Hike-students start at Players Retreat and finish at whatever bar they can hike or crawl to. Glenwood Avenue, only a five-minute drive from NCSU, attracts many students with popular coffee nooks like Helios, as well as bars, restaurants, and clubs like Hi 5. With Fraternity Court and Hillsborough Street in walking distance, there is a constant flow of students making their way up and down Dan Allen on weekends and the ever-so-popular weekly "Thirsty Thursday." Raleigh is very upbeat, and after being voted one of the coolest places to live, more and more single young people are moving here and taking advantage of the dating scene. Not only is NCSU surrounded by college students, with Meredith and Peace right down the road, but there are always plays going on at local theaters and plenty of parks to go running in or take a romantic walk around. The annual State Fair brings in people from across the state, and the NC State football games truck in alumni from all over. It is never a question of what is going on-it's always hardest deciding what to do.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Kiplinger's Personal Finance said Raleigh is one of the 'coolest' places to live. The article states it is a great place for young professionals to live for a number of reasons, including Raleigh's relatively low cost of living and the presence of top universities.
  2. Raleigh was named after Sir Walter Raleigh. According to a legend, Raleigh spread his cloak over a mud puddle in order to keep Queen Elizabeth's feet dry and managed to discover tobacco.
  3. There are very fresh fruits and vegetables at the State Farmers Market located just minutes away from campus. Events like chili contests and craft fairs are held there, too.
  4. Every year, the NC State Fair is held in Raleigh just on the corner of NCSU's main intersection, Hillsborough Street and Trinity Road.
  5. Raleigh is often referred to as the "City of Oaks," and it is described as "a park with a city in it." Many trees are planted in the beautiful Moore Square Park in downtown Raleigh.
Notable Natives
  • Clay Aiken
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Daniel McFadden
  • Petey Pablo
  • Evan Rachel Wood
  • Kristi Yamaguchi
Local Slang
  • Beltline: Highway that encompasses the city; it was recently changed to where the Inner is now I-40 and Outer is now I-440, East and West.
  • Dean Dome: Facility where the UNC Tarheels play basketball
  • Reckon: To suppose; "I reckon so."
  • Y'all: You or you all
Points of Interest
  • Alltel Pavillion
  • Appalachian mountains (four-hour drive)
  • Cameron Village
  • Exploris
  • Lake Johnson
  • RBC Center
  • Wilmington beaches (two-hour drive)
Shopping Centers
  • Cameron Village
  • Cary Towne Center
  • Crabtree Valley Mall
  • Crossroads Travel and Cruise
  • North Hills
  • Ridgewood Shopping Center
  • The Streets at Southpoint
  • Swift Creek Shopping Center
  • Triangle Town Center
Movie Theaters
Carmike Blue Ridge 14
600 Blue Ridge Rd.
(919) 828-8007
Movie Theaters
Crossroads 20
501 Caitboo Ave.
(919) 226-2000
Movie Theaters
Mission Valley
2019-124 Avent Ferry Rd.
(919) 834-8520
Movie Theaters
Regal North Hills Stadium 14
4150 Main at North Hills Street
(919) 786-4511
Major Sports Teams
  • Carolina Hurricanes: NHL
  • Carolina Panthers: NFL
  • Charlotte Bobcats: NBA
  • Charlotte Sting: WNBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Chapel Hill: NC: 30 minutes
  • Charlotte: NC: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 120 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 119 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 19% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 62% 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 119 responses

  • 1% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 19% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 80% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 118 responses

  • 5% No way.
  • 69% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 26% Totally.



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