Local Atmosphere

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$18,480 ($6,343)
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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is no place that I would rather be and I really don't know where to start. Wilmington is amazing from having a close by beach and a river. Lots of museums and local area attractions. Every season has different festivals so there is always something to do. Even out on the town random people are super friendly. The Serpatarium is amazing and the Fort Fisher Aquarium isn't far away either. Local plays and bands play and in the summer there is a daily farmers market that is great. Downtown is walkable and beautiful. Cool shops and laid back atmosphere.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A great coastal beach town with a lot to do. Very active area with a lot of outdoor activities around.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I wish there were a few more high culture options, but as one might guess for being in a beach town, UNCW has a very laid back and beachy, water-based vibe. Restaurants are plentiful.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Wilmington is actually an interesting community in its own right. Much more interesting that the university itself.

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Chloe Miller
Hometown
Cary, NC
Major
English Literature
Grad Year
2013
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The atmosphere of Wilmington definitely fits the expectations a beach/port city might have. The city is very accommodating of students and the need for it to be somewhat of a college town with good nightlife, great restaurants and dining, a variety of shopping options, and of course, the beach is only seven miles away from campus! Student discounts, Seahawk pride, and student fun can be seen throughout the city. Frequent festivals, events, concerts, and entertainment features are brought to Wilmington, though not as many big-name events come local.

The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh, is only two hours away; however, straight down Interstate 40, so many bigger events are still readily accessible. Students do tend to spend a lot of time on campus because of classes, large involvement with student organizations and clubs, sports, and the fact that UNCW has provided any off-campus needs conveniently on campus. On weekends, more students venture off campus to take advantage of the nearby attractions and great Wilmington elements. Wilmington offers diversity in regards to its atmosphere and in a little bit of everything. Whether it's quaint downtown during the day or trendy downtown at night, fun beach days or casual beach nights, students' friends and families are going to be begging to come spend time in Wilmington and at UNCW.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Wilmington is nicknamed "the Port City."
  2. Covering more than 230 blocks, Downtown Wilmington’s National Register Historic District is one of the state's largest.
  3. The city is home to the World War II Battleship USS North Carolina.
  4. The naval bombardment of Fort Fisher was the largest in the Civil War.
  5. Wilmington was the last major Southern port to fall during the Civil War, therefore acquiring its nickname, “Lifeline of the Confederacy.”
  6. The Wilmington Star News (1867) is the oldest continuous daily newspaper in the state.
  7. Wilmington is the home of the nationally recognized North Carolina Azalea Festival.
Notable Natives
  • David Brinkley – American newscaster
  • Charlie Daniels – country music legend
  • Ed Hinton – actor
  • Michael Jordan – basketball player, entrepreneur
  • Sugar Ray Leonard – boxer
Points of Interest
  • Airlie Gardens
  • Downtown Wilmington
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  • USS North Carolina Battleship
  • Wrightsville, Carolina, and Kure beaches
Shopping Centers
  • Independence Mall
  • Lumina Station
  • Mayfaire Town Center
  • University Centre
  • Walmart and Target near Market Street and New Centre Drive
Movie Theaters
Carmike Cinema 16
111 Cinema Drive
Wilmington
(910) 815-0266
Movie Theaters
Regal Mayfaire Stadium 16
900 Town Center Drive
Wilmington
(910) 256-1857
Major Sports Teams
  • Wilmington Hammerheads: Professional soccer team
  • Wilmington Sea Dawgs: Premier Basketball League, Continental Basketball League
  • Wilmington Sharks: Coastal Plain League (baseball)
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Myrtle Beach, S.C.: : 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Raleigh, N.C.: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
A lot of filming goes on in the Wilmington area because it's home to EUE/Screen Gems Studios. "One Tree Hill," "Ironman 3," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" are just a few of the big-name productions filmed in Wilmington. Students can offer up their time and experience what it's like to be an extra if they want to!

Student Polls

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

  • 20% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 62% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 13% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 55 responses

  • 35% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 20% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 45% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 55 responses

  • 47% Totally.
  • 45% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 7% No way.

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