Local Atmosphere

Claremont, CA
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love going to school and living in Claremont! I wouldn't give it up for anything. That being said, if you want to go explore LA, you definitely want to have a car or borrow someone's car. The nightlife here is not for everyone...its not Greek Life, so if you are into that, this may not be the place for you. There is always something to do every night of the week, and parties start on Tuesday nights and go until Saturday nights.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nothing to do around claremont schools like lmu have better surrounding area

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is small and kind of boring, but it's okay. The campuses make up for it since there's always something going on there.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's not a whole lot to do off campus in Claremont but the village does offer some cute little shops and restaurants. Also, LA is only a train ride away!

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is a really small town and so there isn't too much for college students. Some of the restaurants are a bit expensive because they cater to the retired population. However, you can always take the train into L.A. and there is plenty to do on the 5C campuses.


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Morgan Peterkin
Greenwich, CT
English and World Literature
Grad Year
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Claremont is rightfully known as "The City of Trees and Ph.D.s." This small suburb is quaint and family friendly. Right on the outskirts of the Colleges lies "The Village," a cozy area full of shops, restaurants, a record store, and movie theater—all to the students' advantage. However, Claremont is not your stereotypical "college town" with amenities made with the students in mind. Most of the shops shut down early, so if you're looking for something to do late at night, venturing to The Village wouldn't be your best bet. Still, though, Claremont is part of larger Los Angeles County, and the bustling city of Los Angeles is a mere hour-long train ride into the heart of the city. Beyond LA, there are many other places to go and limitless fun activities to try. The beaches, theme parks, and clubs offer students the opportunity to explore life outside of the Claremont bubble.

Claremont possesses a notable charm, and students feel very safe going to school in the area. The majority of students agrees that the Claremont residents are very friendly, and walking around at night is not an issue. For those who desire a town or city whose residents are diehard fans of the football team at the local college or whose bars are open all night after a big win, Claremont might not be the place for you. But if you are looking for a town whose majesty lies in its quaintness, then come on over—you're sure to be welcome!

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The National Arbor Day Association has awarded Claremont the title "Tree City USA."
  2. In 2007, Claremont was rated by CNN/Money magazine as the fifth best place to live in the nation.
  3. The author of "Wizard of Oz," L. Frank Baum, built his home in Claremont after becoming successful.
Notable Natives
  • Jessica Alba - actress
  • Snoop Dogg - rapper
  • Ben Harper - singer/songwriter
  • Mark McGwire - retired MLB baseball player
  • David Foster Wallace - author
  • We Are Scientists - rock band
  • Frank Zappa - rock musician
Local Slang
The Village: The area in the center of town with many shops and restaurants
Points of Interest
  • The beach
  • Disneyland
  • Edison Field
  • Griffith Park
  • Hollywood
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Mount Baldy
  • Rodeo Drive
  • Six Flags
  • Universal Studios
Shopping Centers
  • Montclair Plaza
  • Ontario Mills
Movie Theaters
Edwards La Verne Cinema
1950 Foothill Blvd.
La Verne
(909) 392-4894
Movie Theaters
Edwards Ontario Mountain Village 14
1575 N. Mountain Ave.
(909) 460-5312
Movie Theaters
Laemmle 5 Theatres
450 W. 2nd St.
(909) 621-5500
Movie Theaters
Mission Drive-In Theater
10798 Ramona Ave.
(909) 628-0511
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Angels: MLB
  • Anaheim Ducks: NHL
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Galaxy: MLS (soccer)
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: : 30 minutes
  • San Diego: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
  • The city is a "forest" that collects LA smog-there are 23,000 city-owned park trees in Claremont.
  • The average high in Claremont for the month of September is 87 degrees! Get ready to start off the school year wearing nothing more than a bathing suit!
  • The John R. Rodman Arboretum, located right on Pitzer's campus, began as a movement to save indigenous vegetation from demolition. To this day, the Arboretum remains a core part of the Pitzer community.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 52 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 44 responses

  • 5% Painfully remote.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 55% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 23% 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 43 responses

  • 2% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 5% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 93% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 44 responses

  • 52% No way.
  • 45% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 2% Totally.


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