Local Atmosphere

Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
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4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: nice college town. fun. convenient.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is close for concerts. There is a mall. River walk is great on a sunny day. There are many restaurants in Tuscaloosa.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We have buses that will take you anywhere you need to go, campus is beautiful and so are the areas around campus.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: My school's town is incredible, but I would not like to live here. I would prefer to live in a bigger city; however, my school is in a great place, and maybe some day I will change my mind and decided to move back!

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Its a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. What can you expect?


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Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
Public Relations
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The University of Alabama is in a typical Southern college town with a lot of attention devoted to football. To live in this town, you must be able to accept that Bama football takes over in the fall. The whole town celebrates game days and school spirit is everywhere, but don’t think the excitement stops there. When football season is over, there are still tons of things to do in this town. On the Strip, you can always find good food, your favorite bands, and unique shopping.

With all that’s offered in Tuscaloosa, many students say that there’s never a dull moment. It’s always easy to run into someone you know on the Strip to hang out with. The general consensus is that this is the town that never sleeps because the parties never end. If you’re not really into the party scene, you can take advantage of Tuscaloosa’s museums and outdoor activities. To enjoy the atmosphere to the fullest, explore the unique places Tuscaloosa has to offer. Four major rivers wind through Alabama, creating a lush outdoor of accessible creeks, lakes, and trails. Those who love hiking, camping, and water sports will find a veritable heaven on earth in Tuscaloosa.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. You can find Tuscaloosa 33.23 degrees north of the equator and 87.54 degrees west of the prime meridian.
  2. Tuscaloosa was Alabama's capital from 1826-1846.
  3. Tuscaloosa was awarded the All-American City Award by the National Civic League in 2002.
  4. There's an abundance of water activities to be found in Tuscaloosa, where four lakes form 10,000 acres of recreational water areas. There are no large, natural lakes in Alabama, but the numerous dams on the state's rivers form many artificial ones.
  5. Tuscaloosa is also home to over 100 camping areas.
Notable Natives
  • Lurleen Burns-Wallace
  • William J. Murphy
  • Senator Richard Shelby
  • John Stallworth
  • Robert J. Van de Graaff
  • Dinah Washington
Local Slang
  • Bama: Short for Alabama
  • The Strip: Downtown area that consists of bars, restaurants, and shopping
  • T Town: Short for Tuscaloosa
Points of Interest
  • Alabama Museum of Natural History
  • Bryant Denny Stadium
  • The Cliffs
  • Denny Chimes
  • Hurricane Creek
  • Lake Tuscaloosa
  • Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center & Museum
  • Paul W. Bryant Museum
  • The Strip
  • Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art
Shopping Centers
  • Downtown Plaza
  • McFarland Mall
  • Midtown Village
  • University Mall
  • University Town Center
Movie Theaters
Bama Six Cinema
Bama Mall
(205) 752-1163
Movie Theaters
Hollywood 16 Cobb Cinema
I-359 and Skyland Blvd.
(205) 248-8248
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 3 hours, 20 minutes
  • New Orleans: LA: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 146 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 146 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 7% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 71% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 14% 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 146 responses

  • 20% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 29% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 51% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 146 responses

  • 27% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 18% Totally.



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