Local Atmosphere

Eugene, OR
Tuition (in-state)
$27,653 ($8,789)
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Eugene is a beautiful place - there is everything!

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I have lived in a few different places in my life, but Eugene, OR remains my absolute favorite. There is something for everyone here. Outdoorsy? Check. Artsy? Check. Shopaholic? Well the options could be better but really are great! And besides, that's where an excuse to visit Portland comes in. I absolutely love everything this city has to offer. The city's pace isn't too fast, but not sluggish either. I'd call it "comfortably productive." Better stay away if you loathe rain, but honestly that's why it's so luscious and green here!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Although UO is the main attraction in Eugene, the surrounding mountains and lakes take outdoors to a new level. It is really easy to find something to do outside and easy to get around because it's a very biker-friendly city. Everything is super close so if you need groceries or supplies for school, you won't have to walk far. Lastly, the people are so nice! Everyone is chill and very accepting so each person is free to be however they wish to be.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is not that bad. Although you do not want to be a women outside late at night where it at times can get a little scary but other then that it is a relatively good place to be.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a small town, and without the university Eugene really wouldn't even be known.


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Amy Beemer
Pacific Palisades, CA
Grad Year
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The beauty of Eugene is that it's suited to fit any interests, from big-town business to small-town suburbia. Eugene offers the feel of a mid-sized city without the hassle of traffic and chaos. An hour from the Cascade Mountain Range and an hour from the Pacific Coast, the variety of scenery is endless. The outdoors and nature-related activities are huge at the University because of the backdrop made up of lush greenery and flowing rivers.The town offers a laid-back atmosphere, with a big percentage of the population classified as politically liberal. From time to time, you will run into the occasional "hippie," but that's the beauty of Eugene—you never know what you will come across.

Eugene is the clear definition of a college town. The city thrives on the school. You will likely see people sporting Ducks apparel or local restaurants and bars representing the school as well. There is always something to do or somewhere to go. Whether it's hiking Spencer's Butte, going to the Saturday market downtown, or going to an athletic event on campus, you will never be bored. There is always some sort of event going on at campus. Although there are a good amount of things to do in the surrounding area, most students stay around campus to remain entertained. However, some people do complain about Eugene (excluding campus) not being exciting enough. The city is not a busy Los Angeles, and by no means a chaotic New York, but for Oregon, it is a fairly large city with a variety of things to do.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. 1959 graduate Phil Knight and 24-year track and field head coach Bill Bowerman founded Nike in Eugene.
  2. Lane County is home to 73 recreational sites.
  3. Money magazine rated Eugene–Springfield among the best six U.S. cities in which to live.
  4. Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-service gas stations.
  5. Sunset magazine has named Eugene one of the top five college towns in the West, and Cosmopolitan called Eugene one of the eight great college towns in the nation.
Notable Natives
  • Ken Kesey – author, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
  • Phil Knight – founder and CEO of Nike
  • Steve Perry – lead singer of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies
  • Steve Prefontaine – international track star
  • Ahmad Rashad – NFL Hall of Famer and NBC Sports commentator
Points of Interest
  • Hult Center for the Performing Arts
  • King Estate Winery
  • Pacific Coast
  • Saturday Market
  • Willamette Pass Ski Resort
  • Willamette River
Shopping Centers
  • Gateway Mall
  • Valley River Center
Movie Theaters
Cinemark 17
2850 Gateway St.
(541) 741-3438
Movie Theaters
Regal Valley River Center Stadium 15 & IMAX
500 Valley River Center
(541) 242-0580
Major Sports Teams
Eugene Emeralds: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Portland, Ore.: : 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Seattle: : 5 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 130 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 127 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 11% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 76% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 6% 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 127 responses

  • 10% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 50% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 40% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 127 responses

  • 31% No way.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 24% Totally.



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