Local Atmosphere

Claremont, CA
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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is a great place to live for retirement and does not offer Big City Life even though some people would say it is in Los Angeles. It is the last eastern-most city within the boundaries of Los Angeles County and, for such a large area, means Claremont is far from LA life. As a college student, it can feel boring and slow.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is cute, but pretty expensive. Mostly older people and people starting families. Most stuff off campus is closes early and is pretty expensive on a college budget.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Claremont, while a cute place to be situated next to, is not ultra student friendly. Shops are typically expensive boutiques, and just about everything is closed by 10 pm.

There's a Pita Pit, Jamba Juice, and a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in the village, which are very popular among students. Also a few killer bakeries and restaurants. (Some Crust Bakery, Bua Thai, Eureka Burger.) As long as you're not looking for any eats past, say, 9 pm, the village suits your needs just fine.

To be fair, though, Claremont is an hour train ride (or a 45 minute drive) from downtown LA.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Claremont is a nice suburb. I am from Chicago so it was hard for me to get over the fact that things close so early (around 9pm). It is a really safe place. There is a mall in a nearby city, so that's cool.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of food options, yoga/pilates/spin studios, hip consignment shops.

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Well, now you've heard it from the horse's mouths, and contrary to aphorism, feel free to look in these horses' mouths, and even to count their teeth, because they're not selling you a load of bull. Claremont just isn't cut out to be a college town. There isn't anything to do except walk around and buy overpriced doo-dads, (e.g., the doo-dads your grandmother might find appealing—not to cast aspersions on your grandmother's taste), which will likely leave you unimpressed. LA is great, but only if you have a car. Public transit to LA just doesn't cut it for evening excursions. The Inland Empire (the area surrounding Claremont) is pretty trashy, and except for a few dive bars, doesn't have much to offer in the way of activities. Oh yeah. There is a flea market in the Inland Empire.

Claremont is far more of a retirement community than it is a college town; you will exhaust its entertainment potential in about a day. Los Angeles is a cultural mecca (well, at least a cultural hub) and boasts tons of museums (if you can, check out the Museum of Jurassic Technology), stores, beaches, clubs, and bars, and you'll have a difficult time running out of things to do there. The other colleges provide a nice break from Pomona, but aren't really different enough from Pomona to constitute an off-campus experience. Prepare to be absorbed by the giant social black hole that is Pomona College.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Claremont's median income is $84,997, much of which, judging by the average age of the inhabitants, must consist of retirement pensions.
  2. Acclaimed pop artist Ben Harper's extended family runs an acoustic music store in the Village, and every now and then, Ben will drop in and "kick it."
  3. Claremont is far from a bastion of public art, but you can find a marble statue in the center of town that resembles a caveman playing a lyre, while some more modern fellow looks over his shoulder and a kid and a cat climb in a tree. There are many childrens' handprints on the back of the statue. The statue was sculpted, on site, a few years back, and the process was one of the major attractions in Claremont for a while.
  4. Famed rapper Snoop Dogg lives in Northern Claremont, and although you may not like his music, he is a solid member of the community.
Notable Natives
  • Ben Harper – musician
  • Tommy Lee – member of rock band Mötley Crüe
  • We Are Scientists – rock band
  • Snoop Dogg – rapper
Local Slang
  • "Bra," as in "what's kickin', Bra": No, not an over-the-shoulder boulder-holder, but rather a SoCal version of "bro," which is, of course, a popular truncation of "brother."
  • "Fo' Shizzle!": Actually a variant of "For Sheezy," which means "for sure," as in "I'm going to ace that test fo' shizzle!" Remember, Snoop makes his home in Claremont. (He, at least as far as pop culture is concerned, is the progenitor of this particular phrase.)
Points of Interest
  • Bernard Field Station
  • The big partially finished marble statue in the small park in the center of Claremont (No, there really isn’t anything more interesting than that in the Village)
  • Claremont Institute
  • The Claremont School of Theology
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Shopping Centers
  • Montclair Plaza
  • Ontario Mills Shopping Center
Movie Theaters
AMC in Covina
1414 N. Azusa Ave.
(888) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
Ontario Mills
4549 Mills Cir.
(888) AMC-4FUN
Major Sports Teams
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 45 minutes
  • San Diego: CA: 2 hours

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 25 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 8% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 72% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 20% 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 25 responses

  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 0% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 96% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

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

  • 32% No way.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% Totally.


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