Local Atmosphere

Carbondale, IL
Tuition (in-state)
$23,781 ($11,528)
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Carbondale is the best. The natives are amazing people and love the college students. There is always a local event going on may it be an art show, concert or farmer's market. There are small local boutiques and an average size mall. There is the University's sports and about 20 minutes away there is a minor league baseball team which has cheap tickets and it a lot of fun to go to!

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: I wish there was a huge mall close by. There is a mall, but completely isolated, just a few stores.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Carbondale, Illinois is a college town. This means that the town thrives on the students. That being said, Carbondale caters to the students. There are always things to do whether they are indoor activities, or outdoor adventures. There are both campus police and Carbondale police that create a safe environment.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Shopping is not the greatest but it is not an extremely big town. We do have some attractions if you enjoy nature, hiking and outdoors stuff.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: That atmosphere is alright for the most part. Really rural and things don't really happen. However there is nothing really to do off campus


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 73 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 74 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 26% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 59% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% 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 73 responses

  • 37% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 21% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 42% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 75 responses

  • 35% No way.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% Totally.


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