Local Atmosphere

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$21,302 ($14,240)
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city isn't exactly like the other cities. There is a lot of stuff to do, but it could be better. The school isn't really close to much either, but if you have a car than you can get to the good spots. There a couple of attractions and there is a mall so its not completely horrible. I guess the safety is good, but I wouldn't know that much. The local attitude is good, I haven't had any problems so far.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Erie is a great place to visit and live. It provides many different attractions such as museums, concerts, a shopping mall, hundreds of places to eat, and is relatively safe.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are some areas to go, and some areas to stay away from.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's lovely. I can see the lake from my window.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: My college town is located in a quite area, away from the busy city life. There is a mall within 5 miles, with several department stores also located close by. There are numerous restaurants nearby, ranging from quick and cheap drive-thru meals, to sit-down, fine dining eateries.

There are several different sporting events to attend, or to participate in at our campus for which the local attitude is very positive.


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Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Erie Land Light is the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes.
  2. Erie's Presque Isle means "almost island" in French.
  3. Erie is Pennsylvania's only lake port city.
  4. The city is famous for the large amounts of lake-effect snow it gets due to its proximity to Lake Erie.
Notable Natives
  • Ann Davis - played Alice on "The Brady Bunch"
  • Pat Mohanan - lead singer of the band Train
Points of Interest
  • Bicentennial Tower
  • Dobbins Landing
  • Erie Land Light
  • Erie Maritime Museum
  • Erie Zoo
  • Lake Erie
  • Perry Square
  • Presque Isle Downs
  • Presque Isle State Park
  • Splash Lagoon
  • Tom Ridge Environmental Center
  • Waldameer Park and Water World
  • Warner Theater
  • Watson-Curtze Mansion
Shopping Centers
  • Millcreek Mall
  • Peach Street
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Millcreek 6
5800 Peach St.
(800) 326-3264 x1418
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinseltown 17
1910 Rotunda Dr.
(800) 326-6264 x1132
Movie Theaters
TREC Big Green Screen Theater
301 Peninsula Dr.
(814) 838-4123
Major Sports Teams
  • Erie Otters: Minor league hockey
  • Erie SeaWolves: Minor league baseball
  • Erie Storm: Arena football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Buffalo: N.Y.: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Cleveland: Ohio: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Pittsburgh: Pa.: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 28 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 26 responses

  • 12% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 27% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 8% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 38% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 15% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 25 responses

  • 76% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 20% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 25 responses

  • 24% Totally.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 20% No way.
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