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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: We're located a few miles from midtown Memphis, which is pretty fun, and downtown Memphis, which is fun if you're 21+. Lots of good restaurants, decent shopping, a few good parks and museums/zoos. Memphis also has a pretty good sports environment, if you like the Grizzlies or the Tigers. The problem is that most students hardly leave campus--we call it "the Bubble." Doesn't mean it's not fun, though.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Memphis is a good city with a lot of opportunity due to it's number of fortune 500 companies, tourism, and dedication to medical research. I am enjoying spending my undergrad here, but I am not personally interested in spending time here after I graduate.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Memphis is amazing. There are always things to do and great places to eat.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Memphis is a melting pot of activity. You could go down town to Beale Street or explore hole in the wall restaurants in Midtown. The Memphis Zoo, Brooks Museum of Art, and Overton Park are walking distance from Rhodes. Crosstown Arts features galleries, shops, and more (it's always changing!)

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Rhodes College located in Memphis, TN has much attraction. There is always something to do seeing as Memphis is rich in cultural. I as a Rhodes student have visited the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park located right across the street. I have also visited The Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis. There is much to eat and often times restaurants unique to the Memphis area. It is a great place to be a student!


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Julia Fawal
Birmingham, Alabama
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If you come to Rhodes, prepare for some raised eyebrows when you start telling people that you're moving to Memphis. The city doesn't always have the best rep. That being said, by the end of their four years there, most students come to love the city and don't want to leave. Memphis just has some unspoken charm that people cannot seem to escape. Locals are welcoming toward college students in the area, including those from Rhodes, University of Memphis, and Christian Brothers University (all around 10 minutes from each other). There is always something going on in the city, including Grizzlies games, concerts, barbecue competitions, Broadway productions, and restaurant openings. You can tour the Gibson guitar factory or Sun Studio, walk across the street to the nationally-ranked zoo, visit the Peabody ducks, or have a picnic at Mud Island. The Memphis music scene, though not as strong as in Nashville, is great, and there's always live music to be heard when you walk down Beale Street. Plus, people come from all over for the annual Beale Street Music Festival in early May. There are also so many restaurants to be discovered by exploring the city—something Rhodes students love to do.

Memphis is not the safest place in the world, so students usually don't go out without a friend. Before going to a new place, it's advised to check the directions ahead of time to avoid making a wrong turn or going into a bad neighborhood (GPS doesn't know the difference!). Common sense is necessary, but most students don't encounter a dangerous experience, even with the city's high crime rate. Just give Memphis a chance, and chances are you won't regret it. It might take some time, but the city has an almost magical way of growing on people. 

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Memphis used to have laws that said it was illegal to take an unfinished pie home from a restaurant, and it was also illegal for frogs to croak after 11 p.m.
Notable Natives
  • Kathy Bates - actress
  • William Eggleston - photographer
  • Aretha Franklin - R&B singer
  • Morgan Freeman - actor
  • Ginnifer Goodwin - actress
Local Slang
Coke: Refers to all soft drinks, not just Coca-Cola
Points of Interest
  • Arts District
  • AutoZone Park
  • Beale Street
  • Gibson Guitar Factory
  • Graceland
  • Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Memphis Zoo
  • Mud Island
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • The Orpheum Theater
  • Peabody Place
  • Pink Palace Family of Museums
  • Pyramid Arena
  • Rock 'n' Soul Museum
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Sun Studio
Shopping Centers
  • Hickory Ridge Mall
  • Oak Court Mall
  • Southland Mall
  • Wolfchase Galleria
Movie Theaters
Malco Majestic Cinema
7051 Malco Crossing
(901) 681-2020
Movie Theaters
Malco Paradiso
584 South Mendenhall
(901) 682-1754
Movie Theaters
Malco Studio on the Square
2105 Court St.
(901) 725-7151
Major Sports Teams
  • Memphis Grizzlies: NBA
  • Memphis Redbirds: Minor league baseball
  • Memphis RiverKings: Minor league hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Little Rock, Ark.: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Nashville, Tenn.: : 3 Hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 35 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 35 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 29% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% 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.
  • 69% 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 34 responses

  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 65% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 32% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 34 responses

  • 21% No way.
  • 62% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 18% Totally.



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