Local Atmosphere

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Winston's not really a college town. That said there are a good deal of bars downtown. The townies and Wake kids don't exactly mesh though, its like oil and water.

2 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Locals don't really like Wake Forest kids (not just WFU, but Winston-Salem State and college kids in general). Depending where you are in Winston-Salem, safety can be an issue, but Wake is very safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: So far it is has been great!

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Winston-Salem is a large, but kind of sketchy city. There are tons of places to eat and shop around town, but the area surrounding campus isn't somewhere I'd want to be walking alone at night.. When you're on campus though, Wake is extremely safe.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Reynolda Village is a popular place for students to hang out and walk to, and it has lovely gardens and restaurants abound. There is also Hanes Mall and 2 Targets pretty close by so there's opportunities for students to get what they need, and the shuttle goes to them. Other than that and a few restaurants scattered about the area, unless you're 21 and can go to clubs and bars downtown, there's not that much to do in the surrounding area.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Will Geiger
Hometown
Brielle, NJ
Major
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Winston-Salem is not a college town in the mold of Charlottesville or Ann Arbor, but it is not a cultural wasteland either. Much of life at Wake Forest occurs on campus, but if you want to venture off campus, there are options. Downtown Winston-Salem is consistently getting better and offers some great restaurants and bars. However, there is a geographic disconnect between the city of Winston-Salem and the campus of Wake Forest. Luckily, the new shuttle system alleviates some of this.

If you accept Winston-Salem for what it is—a smaller Southern city—you will not be disappointed. There are great things to do everywhere. Sometimes you just have to look for them. If you cannot find what you are looking for in "the Dash" (as Winston-Salem is affectionately known), the mountains and the beach are only a few hours away by car. Additionally, Wake Forest is within a close drive of Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill, and Charlotte, which means you're never too far from North Carolina State, University of North Carolina, and Duke University. Most of your time will be spent on Wake Forest's campus, though, as that is the center of the Wake Forest community.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Winston-Salem is known as the "City of the Arts," as it ranks first nationally in per capita contributions to the arts.
  2. Winston-Salem is less than two hours from ski resorts and less than four from the beaches of Wrightsville Beach.
  3. In 1875, Richard Joshua Reynolds moved to Winston-Salem from Virginia to start a tobacco factory, which became the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.
  4. In 1899, the United States Postal Service merged the Winston and Salem post offices over the objections of Salem. The hyphen between Winston and Salem first appeared on the new postmark. It became permanent in 1913 when Salem and Winston joined and the "Twin City" of Winston-Salem emerged.
  5. Winston-Salem is home to seven colleges and universities, including Wake Forest, Winston-Salem State, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Salem College.
Local Slang
  • Coke: Any kind of soda
  • Rolling the Quad: A tradition practiced by locals and students where the trees on the main quad are toilet-papered after victories
  • Winston or "The Dash": What everyone calls the city of Winston-Salem
  • Y'all: Originated from "you all"
Points of Interest
  • The Arts District
  • BB&T Ballpark
  • BB&T Field
  • Fourth Street
  • The Garage
  • Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum
  • Museum of American Art
  • Old Salem
  • Pilot Mountain
  • Reynolda Art Museum
  • Tanglewood Park
Shopping Centers
  • Hanes Mall
  • Hanes Point
  • Reynolda Village
  • University Plaza
Movie Theaters
Carmike Cinema 10
3640 Reynolda Rd.
(336) 922-1301
Movie Theaters
Grand Theatre 18
5601 University Parkway
(336) 661-1125
Movie Theaters
Wynnsong 12
1501 Hanes Mall Blvd.
(336) 765-5875
Major Sports Teams
  • Winston-Salem Dash: Minor league baseball
  • Winston-Salem Parrots: Minor league hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Asheville: NC: 2 hours, 20 minutes
  • Atlanta: GA: 5 hours
  • Charlotte: NC: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Durham: NC: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Raleigh: NC: 2 hours
  • Wilmington: NC: 4 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 43 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 43 responses

  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 16% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 21% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 53% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 7% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 43 responses

  • 9% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 79% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 12% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 7% Totally.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 40% No way.

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