Local Atmosphere

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Market Square is a fifteen minute walk from campus and has free weekend parking. A lot of cultural fairs happen there and a lot of musical concerts and plays are put on during the summer. There is also a biweekly farmers market. A variety of restaurants and good drinking bars surround this area.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of really cool places to go in the city which is just a short walk from campus. Excellent restaurants. Great coffee places.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is nothing quite like a mountain/river view.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great atmosphere if you like football, but even if you don't there are plenty of restaurants near campus to hang out with friends with great deals for students.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The urban, yet southern atmosphere of downtown Knoxville is so refreshing and makes you proud to call it home.


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Kristen Lewis
Litchfield, NH
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Knoxville truly serves as a happy medium between a large city and a small town. It is an easy transition for students coming from either extreme. In a way, Knoxville can be as large as you want it to be, depending on how willing you are to travel and explore.

The people of Knoxville are rather relaxed (except on game day), and there are plenty of places to go to enjoy leisurely activities. You will not feel trapped in Knoxville. Atlanta and Nashville are not too far away, and you can be in the mountains in even less time. While many consider Knoxville a "college town," not all of the exciting activities take place on campus. You may find that Knoxville is the ideal size for a college student.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States.
  2. Knoxville is considered a test market for new restaurants. Many new chains launch in the Knoxville area.
  3. Knoxville is home to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
  4. Knoxville was home to the 1982 World's Fair. Attendance was recorded at 11,127,786 visitors.
  5. Oak Ridge National Laboratories, just a short drive from Knoxville, was the building site of World War II's atomic bomb.
Notable Natives
  • James Agee - writer/poet
  • Nikki Giovanni - poet
  • Dolly Parton - country singer
  • Chad Pennington - NFL quarterback
  • Quentin Tarantino - film director
Local Slang
  • Knox-Vegas: Knoxville, as referred to by many students
  • Nogsvull: Knoxville, as pronounced by some locals
  • The Strip: Cumberland Ave, a main road near campus with many popular bars and restaurants
Points of Interest
  • Gatlinburg
  • The Great Smoky Mountains
  • National Park
  • Pigeon Forge
Shopping Centers
  • Belz Factory Outlet World
  • Knoxville Center Mall
  • West Town Mall
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas 9 West Town Mall
7600 Kingston Pke.
(865) 769-3909
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Knoxville Center 10
3000 N. Mall Rd.
(865) 544-1545
Movie Theaters
Riviera Stadium 8
510 South Gay St.
(865) 522-6801
Major Sports Teams
  • Nashville Predators: hockey
  • Tennessee Titans: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 2 hours
  • Nashville: TN: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 148 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 141 responses

  • 51% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 31% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 6% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 11% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 141 responses

  • 37% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 25% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 140 responses

  • 28% Totally.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 19% No way.



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