Local Atmosphere

Fredericksburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$21,620 ($9,306)
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are lot of things to do but hard to get to for freshman without cars! There is the Fred but it can get confusing sometimes.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The locals are, in general, older than the average population, but everyone is very nice. I feel very safe walking around downtown Fredericksburg by myself, even at night.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Downtown is a 10 to 15 minute walk with fun shops and great museums. I can spend all weekend having a blast downtown. Its historic and lots of fun major shopping like Wal-Mart is a short bus ride away.

1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Cost of living is pretty high if you try to find a place to live off campus. The accommodations aren't even that nice.
Dining is pretty gross. Lack of healthy options, although they'll tell you "woodstock aka the underground" is healthy...really? Try picking up the nutrition binder hidden away just to the left of the water jug...you'll be blown away...some of the most unhealthy garbage you can possibly put into your body. Utensils often have grime on them.
Locals HATE UMW students. never understood why considering how lame and tame they are. Maybe cause UMW students as a whole are the weird theatre kids from HS? I really don't know.
Museums...a few antique shops downtown. Thats about it.
Nightlife...literally non-exisitent. A few really REALLY crappy bars where you get hit on by creepy locals and they follow you.
parking...terrible, expensive, etc.
Parks/rec...not really sure. Can't think of any so I guess non-existent unless you wanna drive.
Safety...muggings on campus, hobos begging for money, a girl got raped in the parking garage a few years back...it's not very safe. You got the "blue lights" to call for help. Just tell the baddie to hold up so you can find one, hit the button, talk to the police, and wait for them to come help you.
Scenery...its pretty nice actually. But it rains a lot :/
Shopping...not my scene.
Transportation...pretty bad. Taxi's always try to skam you and take extra long routes to get extra money from freshman. The "grey hound" is always an hour late and takes an hr to drive you to a place that should be 15 min away.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Moe things needed to be in this town of fredericksburg

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Sandy Nicole
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During the daytime, a student can be found relaxing in a coffee shop or sauntering the sidewalks while passing various, small shops downtown. Downtown is the only place within walking distance. Central Park is a short drive, and there, you'll find every chain restaurant and store imaginable, and on a nice day, it's enjoyable to walk around and visit the boutiques. Daytime activities seem to be redundant but plentiful, due to various shopping options. There is also the Marquee Cinemas that is as beautiful as it is historic, and it can be a great place to hang out with some friends.

A common complaint filed by students is the lack of nightlife opportunities. In terms of nightlife, Mary Washington is a quaint place with not too much to do. There are no clubs, and not too much is open past 12 a.m. However, there are a couple of bars downtown that are open until 2 a.m. that upperclassmen have found to be fun to go to. In terms of the surrounding neighborhood, there has been some tension between the local community and Mary Washington due to feelings of invasion with the growing number of college students, but overall, the locals tend to be friendly.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Fredericksburg claims to be one of the most haunted places in America. With a long history dating back to pre-Colonial times and a legacy of slavery and war, it is no wonder that so many unhappy phantoms wander the streets.
Notable Natives
  • John Maine - New York Mets pitcher
  • Danny McBride - actor ("Eastbound & Down")
  • Judge Reinhold - actor
Local Slang
  • Frednecks : "Rednecks" in Fredericksburg
  • NOVA: Northern Virginia
Points of Interest
  • Downtown Fredericksburg
  • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
  • James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
  • Rising Sun Tavern
Shopping Centers
Spotsylvania Mall
Movie Theaters
Marquee Cinemas
5800 Southpoint Blvd.
(540) 710-0401
Movie Theaters
Regal Fredericksburg 14
3301 Plank Road, Route 3W
(540) 786-7796
Major Sports Teams
  • Washington Capitals: NHL
  • Washington Nationals: MLB
  • Washington Redskins: NFL
  • Washington Wizards: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Richmond, Va.: : 1 hour
  • Washington D.C.: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 40 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 43 responses

  • 5% Painfully remote.
  • 12% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 44% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 35% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% 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 42 responses

  • 57% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 29% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 14% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 30% No way.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 19% Totally.



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