Local Atmosphere

Waterville, ME
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: A lot of shopping but not a lot of places to do activities.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's very rural not what I am used to being from Boston. It is different and I am there to do school so I stay motivated.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Thomas College is located in the small town of Waterville, ME. There are many different activities students can get involved in. They can join the local YMCA, catch a movie at Flagship Cinemas, get their tan on at Sun Tan City, or even play some pool at TJ's Poolhouse. Colby College is also located in Waterville. Husson, University of Maine in Augusta, University of Farmington are very close by and just about a little over and hour away.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Sports and activities are decent, but there could be more activities to do on a regular basis. There's not much to do in the city of Waterville in general.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Waterville is not a big town but it's not small, especially compared to the other towns in Maine. It has a nice variety of dining experiences, but there isn't much to do outside of campus. Campus activities are how I get involved.

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Shelby Gilcott
Norridgewock, Maine
Sport Management
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The city of Waterville has movie theaters, plenty of places to eat, mini golf, a local pool, a nightclub, bars, and a nearby family fun park with go carts and mini golf. The Waterville Junior High School is next door to campus, and there’s a bowling alley across the street, as well as a golf course with Chinese restaurant. If you get bored with what Waterville has to offer, Augusta is not very far away and provides more options for shopping, as well as other attractions. The Augusta Civic Center has concerts, shows, and games at different times throughout the year that students can check out.

Most Thomas students go home on the weekends, but those who don’t often go to the movies or attend campus functions or events, like comedians and premier movie nights. There are also Thomas athletic sporting events going on all the time that students can attend for free.

Facts & Statistics

Points of Interest
  • Acadia National Park
  • Bar Harbor
  • Belgrade Lakes
  • Boothbay Railway Museum
  • Maine Maritime Museum
  • Old Fort Western
  • Owls Head Transportation Museum
  • Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
  • Sugarloaf
  • Waterville Opera House
Shopping Centers
  • Elm Plaza
  • Freeport Outlets
Movie Theaters
Flagship Cinemas
247 Kennedy Memorial Dr.
(207) 873-7801
Movie Theaters
Railroad Square Cinema
17 Railroad Sq.
(207) 873-6526
Major Sports Teams
  • Portland Pirates: minor league hockey
  • Portland Sea Dogs: minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: Mass.: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Portland: Maine: 1 hours, 20 minutes
Did You Know?
Students can receive discounts at certain local restuarants, gyms, and movie theaters with their student ID.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 9 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 10 responses

  • 10% Painfully remote.
  • 30% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 40% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 20% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% 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 9 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 67% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 33% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 10 responses

  • 20% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 30% Totally.
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