Local Atmosphere

West Haven, CT
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The mall is great, but the area is really unsafe.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The University always have some kind of activity on campus. They have sport event,things related to music, festival, dance craze party, a lot of fun stuff.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Its very run down in the area, and i hear nothing but bad things about the neighborhood and the people in it. There is almost nothing to do off campus unless you take the shuttle to downtown and then once you're downtown after a few days you've most likely done everything there is to do in the area.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Not many people attend university sponsored activities on the weekends but downtown New Haven always has places to go for the night life. Randomly there are good comedians, bands, and hypnotists that come to campus.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot to do when you go to downtown New Haven, or to the shore of West Haven. Other than that there is not much else to do.


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Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. West Haven was settled by the English 1648 as part of the original New Haven Colony.
  2. There are four buildings in West Haven on the National Register of Historic Places: American Mills Web Shop, Old West Haven High School, Union School, and the Ward-Heitman House.
Notable Natives
  • Marian Bergeron – 1933 Miss America
  • Rufus Porter – founder of Scientific American magazine
  • Smoky Joe Wood – MLB pitcher
  • Tony Sparano – NFL coach
  • Ulish Booker – NFL football player
Points of Interest
  • Chapel Street
  • East Rock State Park
  • New Haven Museum and Historical Society
  • Peabody Museum of Natural History
  • Schubert Theater
  • Wooster Square
  • Yale Center for British Art
  • Yale University Art Gallery
Shopping Centers
  • Bull Hill Plaza Shopping Center
  • Christmas Tree Plaza
  • Edwards Plaza Shopping Center
  • New Haven Plaza Shopping Center
  • Orange Promenade Shopping Center
Movie Theaters
Bow-Tie Cinemas
86 Temple St.
New Haven
(203) 498-2500
Movie Theaters
Connecticut Post 14
1201 Boston Post Road
(203) 878-8795
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Hartford, Conn.: : 45 minutes
  • New Haven, Conn.: : 10 minutes
  • New York City: : 1 hour, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 69 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 70 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 43% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 24% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 27% 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 70 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 46% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 54% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 69 responses

  • 35% No way.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 9% Totally.



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