Local Atmosphere

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$20,600 ($6,690)
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: UNLV is obviously in Las Vegas and almost in the middle of where most of the attractions are. There are nearby stores and dining places to go off campus. It's pretty great!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is Las Vegas and it is in the middle of the desert. You either love or hate living in Las Vegas.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Having grown up in Vegas I love it. The atmosphere is very fast paced but a lot of our 'tourist' attractions also offer student discounts so that is a plus. We have a lot of things that we can do and see and there is a big variety to choose from.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The mountains are beautiful! I'm not that into the desert motif (I'm from the Midwest and used to GREEN! However, there is a lot to do in Vegas, if you have money. Lots of places to eat. The Strip is really expensive, but fun if you can afford it. I would like to see more green parks. There is a lot of shopping opportunities everywhere.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Las vegas is a city to live in with campus and the locals it all works out.


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Meryl Manaog
Las Vegas, NV
Marketing/Film minor
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Though Vegas is famously referred to as Sin City, and rightly so, the city can also be admired for its architectural feats and incredible design. Las Vegas is the only place in the world where you can see an Egyptian pyramid, the Eiffel Tower, and a romantic castle all on one street. Everywhere you look, you can see lights, especially on the Strip; sometimes it's easy to forget to turn your headlights on because the place is so well-lit. To fully appreciate the breathtaking view, fly into the city at night or visit the top of the Stratosphere Hotel.

Many think that Vegas locals are wild and crazy people who close the nightclubs down and keep the drinks flowing. To the surprise of many, most Las Vegans are not Strip junkies like many out-of-towners seem to think; it's the tourists who keep the city's economy strong. With the freeways, all the Strip's offerings are merely a five- to twenty-five-minute drive away. The downside of living in Las Vegas is that it is a tourist town, and when people are on vacation, many tend to leave their manners at home. Jaywalking is expected, and many tourists are self-centered and rude, which is especially common when you work at the shows or in retail. However, with the city's occupants changing constantly, there are also many fun and interesting people to meet and new things to learn.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Las Vegas is the largest American city founded in the 20th century.
  2. In the 1800s, areas of the Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows-meadow is vega in Spanish-hence the name Las Vegas.
  3. As of the 2004 census estimate, the Las Vegas metropolitan area contains the largest Hawaiian community outside of Hawaii.
  4. Las Vegas has four Sister Cities: Angeles City (Pampanga, Philippines), An San (South Korea), Huludao (China), and Phuket (Thailand).
  5. In 1968, Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn after being asked to leave by management. Hughes had occupied the entire top floor for 10 days prior to purchase.
  6. CSI began here when alumni Anthony Zuiker came up with the idea for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which has expanded to CSI: Miami and CSI: New York. He is now an accomplished screenwriter, creator, and executive producer of the smash hits that have earned him multiple awards, including an Emmy nomination for best dramatic series.
Notable Natives
  • Andre Agassi
  • Greg Anthony
  • Kurt and Kyle Busch
  • Charisma Carpenter
  • Spencer Clark
  • Ricky Davis
  • Guy Fieri
  • Carey Hart
  • Jenna Jameson
  • The Killers
  • Jack Kramer
  • Stephanie Louden
  • Stephanie Romanov
  • Adam Seward
  • Barry Zito
  • Anthony Zuiker
Local Slang
  • The Cage: Where a casino keeps its money; normally, the casino only has one.
  • Chips: Casinos have their own chips in denominations of $1, $5, $25, $100, and up.
  • Comp: Many people use comp as a noun, referring to whatever they were given for free; they also say they were comped, which as it turns out, is also not a real word.
  • Gaming: The politically correct term for gambling
  • High Roller: A person who makes big bets
Points of Interest
  • Bonnie Springs Old Nevada
  • Fremont Street
  • Hoover Dam
  • Lake Mead
  • Red Rock Canyon
  • The Strip
Shopping Centers
  • Boulevard Mall
  • Fashion Show Mall
  • Town Square
Movie Theaters
Brenden Theatres and IMAX at the Palms
4321 W. Flamingo Rd.,
Las Vegas
(702) 507-4849
Movie Theaters
Century Orleans 18
4500 Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas
(702) 889-1220
Movie Theaters
Rave Motion Pictures Town Square 18
6587 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Las Vegas
(702) 362-7283
Movie Theaters
UA Showcase 8
3769 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas
(702) 740-4511
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
San Diego: CA: 5 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 174 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 171 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 12% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 1% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 85% 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 171 responses

  • 48% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 25% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 27% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 170 responses

  • 13% No way.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 36% Totally.
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