Local Atmosphere

Location
Blacksburg, VA
Undergrads
23,366
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Blacksburg is small, so there is no city close by. If you want to do something fun, nature is probably your best bet

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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The school is the town. With this school the town would be like every other run down excuse of a town in the mountains

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Kind of boring unless you go out and explore the area.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Great relationship between locals and students.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I feel right at home in Blacksburg. Very similar to my hometown.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Hometown
Toano, VA
Major
Wildlife Science
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Living in Blacksburg combines the convenience of being able to walk everywhere with the familiarity of knowing most of the shops and restaurants in town. The town’s size and location do leave some students feeling like they’re in the middle of nowhere. On the plus side, there is a downtown area that caters to college students’ tastes. Also, a variety of restaurants surround the campus, many of which are priced to fit a student budget. Students who come to Virginia Tech from big cities may miss the hustle and bustle. But again, many students enjoy living in a town that revolves around their university. Even the locals feel like Hokies—going to games, hanging VT banners in their windows, and going to school events. Blacksburg is mostly self-sufficient, with numerous grocery stores, restaurants, shops, and services. The town is also a 15-minute drive from Christiansburg, where students can find a Super Wal-Mart, Target, and a mall with a movie theater.

If you’re a nature lover, there’s plenty for you to do in and around Blacksburg. There are hiking trails, the New River, and campsites close by. Students who are less of the outdoors type can go downtown and find restaurants, movies, and bars. Though many students find the small town atmosphere and close-knit community enjoyable, there's a limit to how much a small town can offer. For some student, by their fourth year at Tech, they might be ready to get out of Blacksburg and see something new.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Around 40 percent of the land in Blacksburg is undeveloped. That means lots of open fields and clean air.
  2. The town has festivals downtown throughout the year, including Steppin' Out, where local artisans and vendors sell their work, and the International Street Festival, where dozens of cultures share food and dance.
  3. Virginia Tech was listed by Outside magazine as a top 10 "dream town" for outdoors enthusiasts.
  4. Mountain Lake Hotel is a few miles down the road from Tech, and it is famous for being the setting of the film Dirty Dancing.
  5. Blacksburg has a farmers' market twice a week. Local farmers bring fresh vegetables, fruit, and more.
Notable Natives
William Black - founder of Blacksburg
Local Slang
  • NOVA: Northern Virginia
  • Poke: Bag
  • Tech, VT: Virginia Tech
  • Ya'll: Two or more people
Points of Interest
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Cascades
  • Chateau Morrissette
  • Huckleberry Trail
  • New River
  • Radford University
  • Roanoke
Shopping Centers
New River Valley Mall
Movie Theaters
The Lyric Theatre
135 College Ave.,
Blacksburg
(540) 951-0604
Movie Theaters
Radford Plaza Cinemas
7472 Lee Hwy.,
Radford
(540) 633-2460
Movie Theaters
Radford Theatre
1043 Norwood St.,
Radford
(540) 639-0772
Movie Theaters
Regal New River Valley Stadium 14
110 New River Rd.
Christiansburg
(540) 381-0854
Movie Theaters
StarLite Drive-In Theater
305 Starlight Drive
Christiansburg
(540) 382-2202
Movie Theaters
Valley View Grande Roanoke
4730 Valley View Blvd.
Roanoke
(540) 362-8989
Major Sports Teams
None:
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Richmond: VA: 3 hours
  • Washington: D.C.: 4 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 150 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 146 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 1% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 30% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 66% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% 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 146 responses

  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 27% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 62% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 145 responses

  • 34% No way.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 10% Totally.

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