Local Atmosphere

Savannah, GA
Tuition (in-state)
$14,812 ($5,290)
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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Savannah is a very small city. They have a very beautiful scenery, but there aren't main attractions, that big cities have. I think the students do the same mediocre activities every week that can be very boring such as going to the movies, bowling, downtown and to the malls. The city has the same jazz festivals, "Rock and Roll marathon", and other events every year. The malls and shopping centers are average and the sports are non and void.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Not a lot to do.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is pretty nice at the university. It is a historic university so ones gets all that comes along with that.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Our city is very peaceful and the bus transportation is a great service for the students without a car.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You can always go downtown by the water or on river street.

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Shara Simone Bennett
Englewood, New Jersey
Political Science
Grad Year
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Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga. is known as "The School by the Sea." There is always something to do, whether it be on or off campus; all you have to do is stay active. Campus is 15 to 20 minutes away from the beach, better known as Tybee Island, and 20 to 25 minutes away from River Street in the heart of Savannah. So whether you're playing in the sun, eating, or hanging out downtown, you'll never be bored.

Students can also interact with other universities, such as Georgia Southern (between 45 minutes and an hour away), Armstrong Atlantic State University (20 to 25 minutes away), Valdosta State University (one hour away), as well as universities in Atlanta. With that being said, do your research, and you're bound to have fun.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Many films have been shot in Savannah, including "Forrest Gump," "Forces of Nature," and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
  2. People who live in Savannah refer to John Berendt's 1994 nonfiction novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" as "The Book."
  3. Savannah is known for its squares. The city has 22 squares varying in size and personality.
  4. Paula Deen has a restaurant in Savannah called "The Lady & Sons."
Notable Natives
  • Diana Argon - actress ("Glee")
  • Bucky Dent - 1978 World Series "Most Valuable Player"
  • Charles Coburn - Academy Award-winning actor ("The More the Merrier")
  • Miriam Hopkins - actress
  • Stacy Keach - actor
  • Mammy Lou - oldest person to ever appear in a motion picture (claimed she was 114 years old in "The Glorious Adventure")
  • Juliette Gordon Low - founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Johnny Mercer - songwriter
  • Bobby Norfleet - NASCAR driver
  • Flannery O'Connor - short story writer and novelist
Local Slang
Chathamite: Savannah State is in Chatham County, and locals are called "Chathamites."
Points of Interest
  • Forsyth Park
  • Mercer-Williams House
  • River Street
  • Savannah Civic Center
  • Tybee Island
Shopping Centers
  • Crossroads Shopping Center
  • Oglethorpe Mall
  • Savannah Mall
  • Victory Drive Shopping Plaza
Movie Theaters
Carmike Cinemas 10
511 Stephenson Ave.
(912) 353-9904
Movie Theaters
Spotlight Theatres Eisenhower Square Cinema 6
1100 Eisenhower Dr.
(912) 352-3533
Movie Theaters
Victory Square Stadium 9
1901 E. Victory Dr.
(912) 355-5000
Major Sports Teams
  • Savannah Braves: Minor league baseball
  • Savannah Cardinals: Minor league baseball
  • Savannah Sand Gnats: Minor league baseball
  • Savannah Spirits: Professional basketball league
  • Savannah Storm: Professional basketball league
  • Savannah Wildcats: Professional basketball league
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: : 4 hours
  • Charleston, S.C.: : 2 hours
  • Jacksonville, Fla.: : 2 hours, 15 minutes
Did You Know?
Savannah holds a huge Saint Patrick's Day celebration every year. It's comparable to Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

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

  • 4% Painfully remote.
  • 24% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 14% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 39% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 18% 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 48 responses

  • 10% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 31% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 58% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 48 responses

  • 38% No way.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 17% Totally.


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