Local Atmosphere

Storrs, CT
Tuition (in-state)
$29,074 ($11,242)
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's a lot to do if you put forth the effort to find activities and clubs you enjoy

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Middle of nowhere but the campus itself is beautiful.

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2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The closest thing to do off campus is the local walmart. There are barely any shopping centers but if you have a car you can go to the city.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Campus is large, but there isn't too much within walking distance.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The campus is fairly scenic, especially near the agricultural campus. There really is nothing to do off campus however


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Jordan Acker
Harwinton, CT
Journalism & Sociology
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Storrs, Conn. is UConn, and there’s nothing much else to it. Storrs is a rural town with other similar towns surrounding it. In order to get to a grocery store, shopping center, or any other food besides pizza and wings, you need a car. However, this does create a close-knit student body. UConn is a place where students unite over sports, parties, and frankly, having nothing else to do. 

The campus is equipped with everything students need: food, movies, bars, and more. Luckily, school clubs and organizations keep students busy with activities and events. The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts has many shows and concerts throughout the year, and students receive discounted tickets. The party scene runs the weekends, as you’ll often see herds of students walking to off-campus parties at Carriage and Celeron. People are always outside when the weather’s warm, studying on the lawn or going for a run. Despite the middle-of-nowhere location, the student body’s Husky pride creates a fun college atmosphere on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
In 2005, Slate Magazine named Storrs as "America's Best Place to Avoid Death Due to Natural Disaster."
Notable Natives
  • Rivers Cuomo - lead singer/guitarist of Weezer
  • Wally Lamb - the best-selling author of "She's Come Undone" and "The Hour I First Believed"
  • Samuel Pickering - former professor at UConn who served as the inspiration for the character Mr. Keating in the Academy Award-winning film "Dead Poets Society"
  • Peter Tork - member of The Monkees
  • Wendy O. Williams - lead singer of the Plasmatics
Points of Interest
  • Bushnell Park
  • Connecticut Convention Center
  • Connecticut Science Center
  • Hartford Stage
  • Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
  • Manchester Road Race
  • The Mark Twain House and Museum
Shopping Centers
  • East Brook Mall
  • The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk
  • The Shoppes at Buckland Hills
Movie Theaters
Mansfield Drive-In
228 Stafford Rd.
(860) 423-4441
Movie Theaters
Mansfield Movieplex (in East Brook Mall)
95 Storrs Rd.
(860) 450-1019
Major Sports Teams
  • Connecticut Sun: WNBA
  • Connecticut Whale: Minor league hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • New York City: : 2 hours, 51 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 105 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 105 responses

  • 36% Painfully remote.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 35% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 18% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% 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 105 responses

  • 21% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 41% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 38% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 105 responses

  • 51% No way.
  • 36% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% Totally.



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