Local Atmosphere

Lakeland, FL
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lakeland isn't what I would call "pretty" or "fun". It is functional. It has everything you need to live in a close proximity which is nice, but as for entertainment the night life isn't all that great. The night clubs and such (that Southeastern students aren't aloud to attend) are pretty sketchy and full of creeps. The only thing we ever do is go to the Drive-in, which is a very nice touch to the city, but you can only see the same movies so many times.

1 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Lakeland is the meth capital of the world. I come from Fort Lauderdale so maybe I am biased or spoiled. However, there is legit nothing to do here. There is no beach, there is no good restaurants, there is no attractions, and the city is scary. Everything closes at nine. I legit feel so deprived. The only thing I have done here is walked around lakes. I am so depressed here. I feel bad for the people who think this is what Florida is really like. If you want to come to college to experience the Florida you see on TV, with nice beaches, lots to do, and a exciting night life, you will be extremely disappointed in Lakeland.

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1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: No matter how many times student leaders hashtag LKLD on their Instagram pictures, it's not going to make this place cool. It's a very quiet town with almost nothing to do.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lakeland is a great place to be. There are so many options and there are so many places that you can go to.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of stuff to do, places to eat at, and shops to visit.

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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 41 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 44 responses

  • 9% Painfully remote.
  • 30% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 32% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 23% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 7% 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 43 responses

  • 7% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 58% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 35% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 21% No way.
  • 63% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 16% Totally.


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