Local Atmosphere

Denver, CO
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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Denver is a great place to live. Very clean and exciting town. People are very nice.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's not the best area, but it is continuing to be gentrified and therefore the cost of living and dining keeps increasing.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The city is metropolitan and its hard differentiating students from non students. The choice of social activities depends on the individual and what he or she is into.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Denver is a great setting for college.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Tennyson street is just around the corner so there is a lot of boutiques and small businesses. Also downtown Denver is really close by.


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Megan Vestal
Lenexa, Kans.
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There are some areas to avoid in North Denver near Regis, so walking anywhere that is a bit of a distance is not recommended. But, overall, the city is a diverse area with great activities, all within a close distance to downtown. Check out any of the bars, theaters, and museums in the heart of Denver and don't forget about the Rocky Mountains! Downtown Denver can be a lot of fun, and you can check out the Nuggets, Rockies, Broncos, or Avalanche.

Denver always has events and activities going on throughout the school year. If you are 21 and want to go to the bars downtown, a cab ride from the University is about $15, which isn't too bad. The downtown atmosphere is exhilarating and lively, especially on the 16th Street Mall, which has lots of restaurants and stores.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Denver goes by the nickname "Mile-High City" because it's elevated one mile above sea level.
  2. Denver hosts the Great American Beer Festival every fall.
  3. Louis Ballast was awarded the trademark for the invention of the cheeseburger in Denver in 1935.
  4. Colfax Avenue in downtown Denver is the longest continuous street in America.
Local Slang
  • Bumps: Moguls
  • Fatty: Wide ski designed for powder
  • Going to ski some freshies: Going to ski in some new, untracked snow
  • LoDo: Lower Downtown Denver
  • Pow-Pow: Fresh, fluffy powder
Points of Interest
  • Coors Brewing Company
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Downtown Aquarium
  • Elitch Gardens
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • The Rocky Mountains
Shopping Centers
  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center
  • Denver Pavilions
Movie Theaters
AMC Cherry Creek 8
3000 E. First Ave.
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
UA Denver Pavilions 15
500 16th St.
(800) 326-3264 ext. 530
Major Sports Teams
  • Colorado Avalanche: NHL
  • Colorado Rockies: MLB
  • Denver Broncos: NFL
  • Denver Nuggets: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boulder: CO: 35 minutes
  • Cheyenne: WY: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Colorado Springs: CO: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Pueblo: CO: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 38 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 39 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 26% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 64% 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 39 responses

  • 23% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 38% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 39 responses

  • 8% No way.
  • 31% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 62% Totally.



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