Local Atmosphere

Location
Louisville, KY
Undergrads
12,192
Tuition (in-state)
$23,146 ($9,662)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Older town, need to drive to find anything nothing stays open past 10 around campus

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Our pro team is the University of Louisville.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Louisville has a great music culture and night life.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The city does a lot for the school and in return, the school does a lot to help the city. When sporting events are going on, everyone is cheering together whether they are a student or a citizen of the city. Visitors are always welcomed also.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everything is a bit overpriced there are a lot of shops near campus but not particularly a lot to do.

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Annie Muller
Hometown
LaGrange, Ky.
Major
French and English
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The city of Louisville is often called the biggest small town you’ll ever see. The people are friendly and genuine, and the atmosphere is artsy and quaint. The University is in a historic district, so most of the surroundings are well-preserved Victorian houses, and there are towering trees everywhere. Of the many parks in town, a couple are within walking distance of campus, so when the weather is nice, students head out on foot or on bike to enjoy nature. If you’re looking for a big-city atmosphere, you might be disappointed because Louisville is light on the hustle-and-bustle that is characteristic of cities like New York and Chicago. But, don’t let that fool you. Louisville has all the basics—a zoo, movie theaters, parks, trendy shopping centers, and a great music/arts scene—but you might have to drive a little from the University to get there. Louisville can feel a little slow to students who don't have a car, but there are friendly local coffee shops, a grocery store, some restaurants, and a few bars within walking distance of campus. TARC, Louisville’s public transportation system, is free for U of L students, so many get around that way, but the buses are often late or occasionally never come at all, so having a friend with a car is useful.

To find the most fun, head down Eastern Parkway and you’ll land in the affluent Highlands, home to trendy local shops and bars along Bardstown Road and Frankfort Avenue. Or, cruise downtown, and visit Waterfront Park for music and culture festivals, 21C for the latest art exhibit, or Fourth Street Live for more shopping and bars. There is plenty of fun to be had here, and Louisville is full of festivals and facilities to explore and appreciate.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The largest collection of Victorian homes in the United States is in Old Louisville.
  2. About 90 percent of America's disco balls are made by Louisville's National Product, Inc. each year.
  3. Nearly all-95 percent-of the world's bourbon is produced in Kentucky.
  4. North America's largest annual pyrotechnics show is held at Thunder Over Louisville each year and uses about 60 tons of fireworks.
  5. The Louisville metropolitan area also includes counties in southern Indiana, giving the area the nickname, "Kentuckiana."
  6. Many visitors to the area wonder which way of saying "Louisville" is the right way, but the truth is there is no one particular right way. However, to the locals, Louisville can only be pronounced one way: "Loo-uh-vull."
Notable Natives
  • Muhammad Ali - boxer
  • Ned Beatty - actor
  • Larry Birkhead - father of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn
  • Sue Grafton - author
  • Diane Sawyer - TV personality, journalist
  • Nicole Scherzinger - lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls
  • Hunter S. Thompson - author
Local Slang
  • Coke: It's not a soda, pop, or soda pop. It's a Coke.
  • House shoes: Slippers are not slippers here. They're house shoes.
Points of Interest
  • Churchill Downs
  • Louisville Slugger Museum
  • Louisville Zoo
  • Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Shopping Centers
  • Jefferson Mall
  • Mall St. Matthews
  • Oxmoor Center
  • River Falls Mall
  • The Summit Louisville
Movie Theaters
Baxter Avenue Theatres
1250 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville
(502) 459-2288
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinseltown USA
4400 Towne Center Dr.
Louisville
(502) 326-9272
Movie Theaters
Great Escape River Falls Stadium 12
951 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy.
Clarksville, IN
(812) 284-6255
Major Sports Teams
Louisville Bats: minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cincinnati: OH: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Indianapolis: IN: 1 hour, 50 minutes
  • Nashville: TN: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • St. Louis: MO: 4 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 75 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 75 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 13% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 81% 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 75 responses

  • 9% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 40% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 51% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 76 responses

  • 11% No way.
  • 41% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 49% Totally.

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