Local Atmosphere

Winter Park, FL
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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is amazing because we are in a small town right outside Orlando. There are always events going on in Winter Park, from arts festivals to farmers markets. Also there is great shopping and it is extremely safe. The community has a great relationship with Rollins students.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Rollins is an excellent place to live learn and grow,

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: It's a beautiful small town.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Park avenue has many shopping areas and nice restaurants that many students enjoy visiting. Campus itself is very scenic and students are always out and about soaking up sun and throwing frisbees on mills lawn.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Living near enough to the Orlando metropolis is awesome for recreation, and Rollins is far enough away to be in a safe town

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Bridget Murray
Hinsdale, IL
Grad Year
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Winter Park is a small, friendly town with a lot to offer its residents! Rollins is right across the street from Park Avenue, which is one of the main streets in Winter Park. Park Avenue is perfect for shopping, dining, and just hanging out in general. When students are sick of the food at Rollins or simply want to get out for a couple of hours and do something different, they walk across the street and enjoy everything that Park Avenue has to offer. There is an array of restaurants and shops, and you can almost always find what you are looking for. Pets are more than tolerated on Park Avenue, and in fact, they are welcome! Most restaurants allow people to eat outside with their pets, and they even have dog bowls in case your pet gets thirsty!

There seems to always be something going on in Winter Park, whether it's an art festival, parade, or even the annual dog Halloween costume contest. Winter Park is definitely a wealthy area, and the majority of shops and restaurants is pricey. Students also have the option to go to Orlando. Orlando is nearby, about a 15-minute drive, and it is buzzing with excitement and fun things to do. It isn’t unusual for students to decide to go to Disney World or Universal Studios for the day, and a lot of people even get season passes so they can go whenever they want. UCF (University of Central Florida) is only about 15 or 20 minutes away from Rollins, and sometimes Rollins students will decide to party at UCF bars for the night. Many students have cars on campus, but it is not necessary at all, unless you want to go to Orlando frequently. The atmosphere around Rollins is beautiful and ideal. People often refer to Rollins as "Rollins Country Club" because of the paradise-like vibe it gives off.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art holds the largest collection of Tiffany glass.
  2. Winter Park holds an annual Bach Festival, founded in 1935 to commemorate Johann Sebastian Bach's 250th birthday.
Notable Natives
  • Amanda Bearse - actress ("Married. . .with Children")
  • Nick Faldo - professional golfer
  • Orel Hershiser - MLB pitcher
  • Arielle Kebbel - actress
  • Patty Maloney - actress
  • George Weigel - author, activist
Points of Interest
  • Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
  • Disney World
  • Dixie Stampede
  • Gatorland
  • Leu Gardens
  • SeaWorld
  • Tchoup Chop (Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant)
  • Universal Studios
Shopping Centers
  • Fashion Square Mall
  • The Florida Mall
  • The Mall at Millenia
Movie Theaters
Enzian Theater
1300 S. Orlando Ave.
(407) 629-1088
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Winter Park Village 20
510 North Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
(407) 628-0035
Major Sports Teams
  • Orlando Magic: NBA
  • Orlando Predators: Arena football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Miami: : 4 hours
  • Orlando, Fla.: : 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 48 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 49 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 10% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 12% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 27% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 51% 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 49 responses

  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 45% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 51% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 50 responses

  • 16% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 30% Totally.


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