Local Atmosphere

Portland, ME
Tuition (in-state)
$18,488 ($7,776)
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Portland is a great little city where everything is right near each other and there is always something to do if you look for it. There are art walks in the summer, shopping at local shops and so many great places to eat that is non chain. There are places to play sports, watch minor league sports, and well the city is great but I wish it was easier to meet people. Then again, maybe I am just a hermit.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Would be fine if I were 21

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The view is nice in the summer time. Live is expensive and the parking is minimun. The night life however in terms of the 21 years and older age group, there is 20 or so bars 5 miles from campus!

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Gorham is a cute little town. It's safe, there are residential and commercial areas, and the middle and high schools are tucked away right off the main street. There isn't much going on in the town besides campus events, but luckily it isn't far from Portland/South Portland.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: i have grown up in this relative area my whole life and there isn't really a night life unless you drive yourself in town, and even then there isn't really. Safety is iffy, and the town is small, but im not sure if its really a place to hang it, its gets old quick


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 22 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 23 responses

  • 4% Painfully remote.
  • 26% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 9% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 9% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 52% 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 22 responses

  • 14% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 68% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 18% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 22 responses

  • 18% No way.
  • 45% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 36% Totally.
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