Local Atmosphere

West Hartford, CT
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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Our school is located in area where when you take a left turn you're safe and in a pretty cute town but if you take a right you could be in the ghetto in minutes. So depending on where you go there can be stuff to do but mostly just shopping or going out to eat.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I wish the shuttle went off campus more during the week. I wish they actually kept the shuttle going during breaks and intermissions.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: We are located between New York and Boston so that is nice.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town of West Hartford is great. It has shops, restaurants, movie theatres and more. It is a very quaint kind of town, and is great for colleges. There is also the city of Hartford, which is the capital of CT and has a lot to offer. If you go downtown the Bushnell is there for plays, there are restaurants and parks, museums, etc. The outside campus community has a lot of offer and the school does a great job of getting us there if you need that.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: in a rich CT suburb with alot of snobby people


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The University of Hartford is in West Hartford, Conn., but the surrounding areas of Hartford and Downtown Hartford are where you will find most of the local attractions, nightclubs, and restaurants. The most popular clubs here are Club Life, Passions, and NV—many students travel to these spots on Thursdays. There are also other Downtown bars and hangout spots where students like to spend their weekends.

On the other side of town in West Hartford, you will find Blue Back Square, a part of West Hartford Center, which has many shops and restaurants, including Barnes & Noble, Ann Taylor, The Cheesecake Factory, and Moe’s. There is also a movie theater conveniently located in the center of everything. In the Westfarms Mall area, there are all the stores in the mall, plus other popular spots like Old Navy and Toy's R Us, as well as a variety of restaurants. In Manchester, about 30 minutes from campus, is Buckland Hills Mall, one of the biggest in the area. It is also surrounded by many shops and popular restaurants. Most University of Hartford students research places they would like to go to and find a way to get there. There is a lot to do in the area, and students often say they would rather explore the area than stay on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Hartford is home to many insurance company headquarters, giving it the nickname "Insurance Capital of the World."
  2. West Hartford has been ranked one of the Top 10 most educated towns in American by Money Magazine.
  3. Mark Twain lived in Hartford for 17 years. During this timeframe, he wrote "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "The Prince and the Pauper," "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."
  4. The TV show "Judging Amy" was set in Hartford.
  5. The tallest building in Connecticut is City Place I, located in Hartford.
Notable Natives
  • Chris Carrabba - singer for Dashboard Confessional
  • Edward Norton Lorenz - scientists who coined the term "butterfly effect"
  • John O'Hurley - actor, best known for playing John Peterman on "Seinfeld"
  • Noah Webster - lexicographer and namesake of Merriam-Webster dictionary
Points of Interest
  • Connecticut Science Center
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House
  • Mark Twain House and Museum
  • State Capitol Building
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
  • XL Center
Shopping Centers
  • Bishops Corner
  • West Hartford Center
  • Westfarms Mall
Movie Theaters
Criterion Cinemas at Blue Back Square
42 S. Main St.
West Hartford
(860) 236-4111
Movie Theaters
Palace 17 & Odyssey Theater
330 New Park Ave.
(860) 236-6677
Major Sports Teams
UConn Huskies: College basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 2 hours
  • New York City: NY: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 55 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 57 responses

  • 7% Painfully remote.
  • 44% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 12% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 23% 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 56 responses

  • 9% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 52% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 39% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 56 responses

  • 46% No way.
  • 39% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% Totally.


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