Local Atmosphere

Denver, CO
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Denver is a great city to live in. There are always things to do and places to visit.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love Denver but somethings are just too expensive

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city of Denver in general is really great, but sometimes campus feels a bit remote from the city

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great if you like snowboarding

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Denver is hands down AWESOME!! There is always something to do

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Anne Reiman
Winnetka, IL
English (Creative Writing)/Communications
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Denver has much to offer for a broad range of tastes. Perhaps the best part of living in this city is the best of both worlds-big-city living and a rural landscape. Connoisseurs of fine art, sports nuts, and entertainment fans alike can find something to do in the metro area, but if things get too hectic, peace and quiet is no more than 45 minutes away in the beautiful, majestic Rocky Mountains. Some students complain that downtown Denver is the only place to party or find fun things to do, and that it's too expensive and somewhat pretentious. However, Denver has many other places to party and have fun, you just have to look beyond downtown. The suburbs of Denver, such as Glendale, the Highlands, Littleton, and Lone Tree, have a unique feel all their own that can be refreshing when LoDo tries your nerves.

You don't even need to get in a car to find something fun to do, because the area surrounding DU's campus is constantly growing with new facilities, attractions, restaurants, and bars that appeal to DU's restless students. Professional sports games are lively and entertaining, as are the many concerts and special events held in Denver by touring musicians and noted speakers. Walk through a maze of foliage at Denver Botanical Gardens, feed animals at the Denver Zoo, view dinosaur bones at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, or take in a show at the Temple Buell Theater.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Denver, known as the mile-high city, sits 5,280 feet above sea level.
  2. Denver is the most educated city in the United States, with the most college graduates of any major metropolitan area in the country.
  3. Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in the United States.
  4. Denver enjoys 300 sunny days a year.
  5. Denver has one of the top 10 safest downtown areas in the country, according to a 2003 FBI survey.
Notable Natives
  • Peter Coors
  • Byron "Wizzer" White
Local Slang
  • Bag a Fourteener: To climb one of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks
  • LoDo: Lower downtown Denver
  • T-REX: Ongoing construction along the Interstate 25 corridor, a cause for many traffic jams and much frustration
Points of Interest
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanical Gardens
  • Denver Zoo
  • Downtown Denver
  • Ski slopes
Shopping Centers
  • Cherry Creek Mall
  • University Hills Plaza
Movie Theaters
Continental Theatre
3635 S Monaco Pkwy.
(303) 758-2345
Movie Theaters
United Artist Colorado Center Theater
1970 S Colorado Blvd.
(303) 757-3700
Major Sports Teams
  • Colorado Avalanche: hockey
  • Colorado Crush: arena football
  • Colorado Mammoth: lacrosse
  • Colorado Rapids: soccer
  • Colorado Rockies: baseball
  • Denver Broncos: football
  • Denver Nuggets: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boulder: CO: 40 minutes
  • Downtown Denver: CO: 10 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 90 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 91 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 78% 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 91 responses

  • 7% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 56% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 37% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 90 responses

  • 7% No way.
  • 36% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 58% Totally.



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