Local Atmosphere

Newark, DE
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$25,940 ($9,670)
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2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Local atmosphere is pretty boring.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Newark DE is a fun college campus with the main street running through it, but that's about all there is. There's no big town or city to go to to do new and interesting things. Newark primarily revolves around the university.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: College town definitely. I found out that Main Street is "Downtown Newark" and I laughed because I'm used to a bigger city. But if you want a place where everything in the area is based on the college, this would be the place for you. There are restaurants and bars and a subpar club all in walking distance and a really nice mall and a decent movie theater nearby. There is also ice skating that is really cheap for UD students and a semi-sketchy movie theater and bowling alley on Main Street. There are always people who live in the area on Main Street, especially on the weekends but they understand it's a college campus and seem to like the college students. I like the atmosphere, definitely a nice place to be.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The University of Delaware conveniently has a buzzing street running through the campus called Main St. Here is where the majority of the students go to grab a bite to eat, for entertainment on the weekends, and to run many errands. With more than enough restaurants to choose from ranging from quick, inexpensive chain places, to nicer sit-down places you can always find the right place to eat. There are many convenient stores that help college students do some small grocery trips as well as get any other amenities they may need. And the nightlife is alive here on the weekends, allowing the campus to come together and all congregate together. This street is also a popular place for locals. You can see them dining in restaurants and shopping at the many boutiques among the student population here, and they are very respectful and have a positive attitude towards being on a college campus. To attend a professional sporting event or go into a larger, major city, you will have to drive a little bit to get to to Philadelphia, PA or Wilmington, DE, but they also offer taxi services, and there is a bus service that also is able to take students to the mall and larger shopping area.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Newark is definitely a college town, but there is not much to do in the area.


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Danielle Todd
Newark, Del.
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The city of Newark basically consists of one street aptly named Main Street. This street is full of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and stores. Over the years, Main Street has become more commercial with the appearance of a Starbucks and numerous tanning salons. While many people complain that this hurts local businesses, other students appreciate the availability of these familiar shops. Most students find plenty of stores to satisfy their appetites and shopping addictions (no tax—yipee!) but not much actual entertainment. The art and music scenes are in the first stages of development, which makes Newark somewhat lacking in that respect.

Newark itself only provides entertainment through its extensive bar community, but it is within driving distance of many major cities. Philadelphia is the closest one and offers night clubs of all sorts, local bands, theater, and museums. In addition, the drive to New York or Washington, D.C., is manageable for day or overnight trips. Some students appreciate this small-town feel and enjoy the scenic campus while others will drive to Philly every weekend. Most students will spend some time exploring the surrounding cities by the time they graduate. It's all a matter of preference, really—what's yours?

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Delaware was the first state to ratify the constitution. You would be surprised how few people know this.
  2. Tax-free shopping! This means that you will constantly encounter out-of-towners who have no idea where they are going and seem to always be driving in front of you. Try not to get in an accident!
  3. Milk is the official state beverage as of June 3, 1983.
  4. Seaford, Del., is the nylon capital of the world. There will be no shortages of panty-hose if you attend this university!
  5. The first beauty contest was held in Delaware and is considered the precursor of the "Miss America" pageant. Thomas Edison was one of the judges.
Notable Natives
  • Eleuthère Irénée du Pont
  • Henry Heimlich
  • Ryan Phillippe
  • Teri Polo
  • Elisabeth Shue
  • George Thorogood
Points of Interest
  • Grand Opera House
  • King of Prussia Mall
  • Main Street Newark
  • Philadelphia
Shopping Centers
  • Christiana Mall
  • Concord Mall
  • Main Street Newark
Movie Theaters
Newark Cinema Center 3
401 Newark Shopping Center
(302) 737-3720
Movie Theaters
Regal Peoples Plaza Stadium 17
1100 Peoples Plaza
(302) 834-8515
Major Sports Teams
Wilmington Blue Rocks: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: : 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • New York City: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: : 1 hour
  • Washington, D.C.: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
As Newark is mostly made of up college students, slang varies from person to person. The town itself is so overwhelmed with the influx of students that it does not have any defining slang to claim as its own. The mix of students from many different states, along with a wide array of international students, guarantees that everyday language sticks to the most common slang, so everyone can communicate with one another. You should be just fine if you limit yourself to the most general slang words in your vocabulary.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 122 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 123 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 15% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 67% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 9% 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 123 responses

  • 37% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 37% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 26% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 122 responses

  • 31% No way.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 13% Totally.



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