Local Atmosphere

Towson, MD
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$19,754 ($8,132)
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Towson mall is right up the street and they jus built a beautiful movie theater soo the local atmosphere is great. The harbor is not that far also its about a 30 min bus ride and we have a college town shuttle that take us to other schools.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love going out with my friends at night, but I worry a lot about our safety. There has been a lot of crime in the area, so you really have to be careful where you go.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Towson is a good town. It is not always safe. I get text alerts about local crime more often than I would like to. But there is plenty to do around the town and is relatively safe during the day.

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College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It really depends on what neighborhood you live in and if it's a good fit for you.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The location of the university is right in the middle of everything that happens in Towson. There is plenty of transportation to all the events. The mall is a few miles away along with many places to eat.


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Louise Salbego
Baltimore, MD
English Literature
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The area of Towson has it all. It is the ideal college town with everything to offer, aside from school spirit—it is obvious that there is a lack thereof of that. Students love the fact that Towson has a selection of many bars, restaurants, a great mall, movie theaters, and a bookstore, all within walking distance of the University. The local community is, for the most part, friendly toward the students, but the interaction among students and locals is not that frequent. Another great aspect of Towson’s location is that it is not in the busy city of Baltimore but right outside of it, which is what students find most convenient. There is a vast variety of places to go to within 10 minutes of the school, including downtown Baltimore or Fells Point, which is most popular on Halloween.

Although there are many students from multiple schools that surround Towson and Baltimore, the schools do not interact that often. Furthermore, even with the presence of many local bars closer to campus, many students still prefer the downtown Baltimore bars instead.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Hall of Fame members of the Baltimore Colts, Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, Art Donovan, Gino Marchetti, and Raymond Berry lived in Towson.
  2. The world's foremost toolmaker, Black & Decker, has corporate headquarters in Towson.
  3. A recent national survey listed the Towson Public Library as the busiest suburban library in the United States.
  4. Towson Plaza Shopping Center, which opened in 1959, was one of, if not the first, multi-level shopping centers built in the United States.
  5. The movie Runaway Bride starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts was filmed in Towson.
Notable Natives
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Michael Phelps
Points of Interest
  • Baltimore Aquarium
  • Fells Point
  • Inner Harbor
  • M&T Bank Stadium
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • Power Plant Live!
Shopping Centers
  • Hunt Valley Town Center
  • Towson Town Center
  • White Marsh Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews White Marsh
8141 Honeygo Blvd.
(410) 933-9428
Movie Theaters
AMC Towson Commons
435 York Rd.
(410) 825-5233
Movie Theaters
Regal Hunt Valley Mall Stadium
11511 McCormick Rd.
Hunt Valley
(410) 329-9800
Movie Theaters
The Senator
5904 York Rd.
(410) 435-8338
Major Sports Teams
  • Baltimore Blast: soccer
  • Baltimore Orioles: baseball
  • Baltimore Ravens: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: MD: 10 minutes
  • Washington: D.C.: 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 124 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 120 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 23% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 34% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 39% 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 120 responses

  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 73% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 120 responses

  • 16% No way.
  • 62% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 22% Totally.



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