Local Atmosphere

Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuition (in-state)
$22,950 ($9,200)
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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Tuscaloosa is a small town and wouldn't be what it is without the UA. The shopping isn't that great. Midtown is a shopping center with a lot of national retailers, but nothing spectacular. Transportation services outside of UA are not that great-- there is no option of public transportation from neighboring cities. And Tuscaloosa IS NOT BIKE FRIENDLY.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere the university puts off. During home football games, there are thousands of people outside tailgating and supporting the college and it truly is amazing.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There could be a greater variety of dining places.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is great at Alabama!

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Nightlife is obviously a plus. Tons of scenery nearby: lakes, tubing, the river just north of campus, etc.


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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 162 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 158 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 8% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 8% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 70% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 13% 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 158 responses

  • 19% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 31% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 50% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 157 responses

  • 29% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 17% Totally.



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