Local Atmosphere

Location
Richardson, TX
Undergrads
9,136
Tuition (in-state)
$25,084 ($10,666)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Dallas has many attractions for students to enjoy when time permits.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The only thing missing is a beach or some mountains. All the shopping and entertainment is here otherwise!

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Well there's a lot of students who live off campus and it kind of feels like you're living on campus. Everybody around here walks to the nearest stores and its a lively and see environment. The DART can take you anywhere else you want to go within Dallas or Fort Worth!

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: UT Dallas is located in Richardson, TX which is in the DFW area. Dallas has it's own charm but there aren't a lot of activities to do. There is no beach, there are very less outgoing people, but it's a good city for shopping etc.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Cowboys stadium, Texas Rangers, Shopping

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hometown
Hanoi, Vietnam
Major
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
2015
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Whether you hang around Richardson, go north to Plano, or venture south into downtown Dallas, you’ll find plenty to do in this urban corridor. It’s usually more of a question of what you want to do rather than where you want to do it. There is a plethora of restaurants serving various kinds of delicious food, from Vietnamese and Thai to Mexican, Italian, and even Ethiopian, all within five or 10 minutes' driving time from campus. If you’re in the mood for some serious arts, drive downtown to attend a performance at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra or visit some of the best museums in the region, one of which is the Dallas Museum of Art. Need a dress for an upcoming formal? Check out the four or five malls nearby. End your night on a high note at Cowboys Dancehall or Lizard Lounge, just to wake up the next day and realize you can do this many more times at different places. Dallas sure isn’t the type of entertainment center like Vegas, New York, or even Austin, but it can undoubtedly give you all kinds of good fun.

As a whole, the area surrounding UTD isn’t too college-oriented. Cops patrol the streets of campus at night, hoping to catch underage drunk students, while neighbors easily complain when they hear some noise from your party. Overall, places, with the exception of restaurants, are a little too spread out for bus riders to conveniently get to. On the other hand, it’s a safe place to live, one where—more often than not—sober people drive and criminals think twice before they go for your wallet. If you highly value the local atmosphere in your college experience, definitely give Richardson-Dallas a chance; many a student has come here and fallen in love with what the Metroplex has to offer.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. There are more restaurants per person and shopping centers per capita in Dallas than in New York City.
  2. The popular convenience store franchise 7-Eleven started off its business in Dallas. Its headquarters is still there today.
  3. Popular TV show "Prison Break" was largely filmed in Texas, and a part of it was filmed in Dallas.
  4. In the winter, Galleria Dallas houses the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the U.S.
Notable Natives
  • Lance Armstrong - professional road racing cyclist
  • Ernie Banks - professional baseball player
  • George W. Bush - 43rd President of the United States
  • Selena Gomez - singer, actor
  • Demi Lovato - singer, actor
  • Stanley Marcus - CEO and chairman of Neiman Marcus
  • Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow - from Bonnie and Clyde robber gang
  • Jessica Simpson - singer, actor
  • Sly Stone - singer, songwriter
  • Usher - singer, songwriter, dancer
  • Luke Wilson - actor
  • Owen Wilson - actor, film producer
Local Slang
  • "Y'all" and "folks": True, these two words aren't Dallas-made or very new at all, but they sure are spoken a lot in this area. For those of you who don't speak English, "y'all" means "all of you," and "folks" are usually used to talk about parents, as in "How are your folks?" Whether you use these terms or not is totally up to you, but mastering their uses can really win you friends here, especially if you're an international student.
  • Gravy: Short for cream gravy, one of the most popular toppings of the region. (The dining hall serves cream gravy at every breakfast.)
  • Metroplex: This term means to describe the Dallas-Fort Worth-Richardson-Plano area. While people from Austin may disagree that the Dallas area is a metro-anything at all, folks here do use the term quite a lot-with some pride.
Points of Interest
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Dallas World Aquarium
  • The Dallas Zoo
  • Fair Park-especially during the Texas State Fair
  • Galleria Ice Skating Center
  • Six Flags
  • Speed Zone Dallas
Shopping Centers
  • Collin Creek Mall
  • Galleria Dallas
  • NorthPark Center-with Macy's, Nordstrom, Dillard's, and more
  • The Shops at Willow Bend
Movie Theaters
AMC NorthPark 15
8687 North Central Expressway
NorthPark Center
(888) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Plano Movies 10
1818 Coit Road
Plano
(972) 985-1394
Movie Theaters
Studio Movie Grill
4721 W. Park Blvd.
Plano
(972) 596-4627
Major Sports Teams
  • Dallas Cowboys: NFL
  • Dallas Mavericks: NBA
  • Dallas Stars: NHL
  • FC Dallas: MLS
  • Texas Rangers: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Dallas: : 20 minutes
  • Fort Worth, Texas: : 55 minutes
Did You Know?
  • Texas is bigger than France in area.
  • The Dallas-Fort Worth area ranks among the leading states in job growth in the last decade.
  • The Metroplex area is home to 41 of richest Americans.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 80 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 81 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 32% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 19% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 43% 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 81 responses

  • 26% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 40% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 35% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 80 responses

  • 14% No way.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 34% Totally.

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