Local Atmosphere

Birmingham, AL
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I live living in Birmingham. There is always something to do and be involved with. Especially churches.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Birmingham is a really fun and vibrant city. There's always a lot going on and the people are usually very friendly. It's got every grocery store you can think of except (Wal-Mart, Target, Publix, Whole Foods, World Market). It's got three big malls and shopping areas: the Brookwood mall, the Summit and the Galleria. They've all got great shops and restaurants. The Summit is probably the more expensive option but has the best restaurants and unusual shops, and the Galleria is more affordable and has a big food court. The Alabama Ballet is based in Birmingham and puts on great shows, there's also a museum of art that has everything from modern art to ancient Japanese art, as well as seasonal expositions. There are several parks you can go to walk around and get some fresh air, though some are parts of town you may want to avoid.

Generally it's understood that the downtown area and the south side are unsafe neighborhoods, and you should always steer clear of Finley Boulevard and the neighborhood around it. While the campus is safe, the city can be pretty dangerous if you're not in the right place.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Samford is located in Birmingham, Alabama. There are many churches around the area, there are some good (but sometimes pricey restaurants), there are a few shopping outlets around as well as a few malls. The most popular area to go shopping would be a place called the Summit. The Summit has a lot of restaurants, a lot of places to shop, a movie theatre, a book store, as well as many other things.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are plenty of restaurants and shopping very close by.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: the shopping and dining and coffee shops are superb. there isn't a whole lot for college students to do as far as nightlife is concerned, however. there are many parks and outdoor recreation places.


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Joanna Reynolds
Maryville, TN
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Birmingham is a big city with plenty to do. The BJCC (Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex) frequently hosts concerts with well-known bands. Skates 280 is a fun and cheap place to roller blade or roller skate, and on the weekends, late night skating starts at 10 p.m. for adults 17 and older. The Birmingham Zoo is popular among the students who want to get away and rediscover their childhood love for animals. Eating out is very easy to do, what with the numerous restaurants all over town. Several churches line the roads, enabling students to try out several before deciding on a regular one.  

For those trying to spend less money or no money at all, there are many options, as well. The botanical garden is a beautiful, free, and relaxing escape for stressed-out college students, and infinite photo opportunities are available there. Oak Mountain State Park provides hiking trails for the adventurous and outdoorsy types, and the scenery is breathtaking. The Carmike 10 dollar theater is especially popular for students watching their funds. It shows well-known movies about to go on DVD and sells small popcorns for only $1 on "Stimulus Tuesdays."  Krispy Kreme doughnuts is conveniently located close by, so students can sneak in delicious and affordable snacks.  


Facts & Statistics

Points of Interest
  • Five Points
  • Oak Mountain State Park
  • Skates 280
  • Vestavia Bowl
Shopping Centers
  • Colonial Brookwood Village
  • Riverchase Galleria Mall
  • The Summit
Movie Theaters
Carmike 10 Dollar Theater
3443 Lorna Rd.
(205) 822-5187
Movie Theaters
Rave Motion Pictures
801 Doug Baker Blvd.
(205) 408-7857
Movie Theaters
Summit 16
321 Summit Blvd.
(205) 298-8599
Major Sports Teams
  • Crimson Tide (University of Alabama): College Football
  • War Eagles (Auburn University): College Football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 2 hours, 20 minutes
  • Auburn: AL: 2 hours
Did You Know?
Residence LIfe occasionally rents out fun places like Vestavia Bowl and Skates 280 for central campus students, letting them bowl or skate for free.

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.
  • 15% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 15% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 62% 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

  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 56% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 41% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

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

  • 10% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 36% Totally.


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