Local Atmosphere

Topeka, KS
Tuition (in-state)
$12,302 ($5,486)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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2 College Student

Local Atmosphere: It is Topeka. I don't know why the people at Washburn say they want to leave it so much yet still go to Washburn. There isn't much to do, which is odd considering it's a small city. Luckily Lawrence and Kansas City aren't super far away

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Not much to do for college students off of campus. Regular town with regular attractions; resturants, mall, zoo, few bars.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's not much to do.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Good size, has local activties, some parts of town are more run down and the safety in those areas are questionable but the main streets are well lit and well kept. Student dicounts are offered by a few local stores. Sports are limited mainly to campus or highschool sports, and other nearby colleges. The closest night life scenes are Lawrence and Manhattan. This is a great school for focused students.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Just 3 miles from campus is the mall which is two stories and there's 2 Walmart around us. There's also tons of restaurants, a Walgreen's, Dillon's, and there's plenty of job opportunities.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 36 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 38 responses

  • 8% Painfully remote.
  • 29% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 11% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 26% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 26% 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 37 responses

  • 38% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 14% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 49% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 37 responses

  • 16% No way.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 30% Totally.
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