Local Atmosphere

Location
Aurora, NY
Undergrads
523
Tuition
$34,700
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You can either spend upwards of $10,000 living on campus or upwards of $10,000 living in the only off campus apartment, which is across a narrow street from the normal residence halls. There is absolutely no nightlife other than the drug and alcohol parties. The nearest grocery store, movie theater, and reasonably priced place to eat is 45 minutes away in Auburn or Ithaca. In an entire year there not a single police officer was seen, and campus safety isn't certified or legally allowed to do anything other than ask someone to calm down or make a citizen's arrest, which anyone can do. They have no self defense training, are all in pitiful physical shape, and carry around handcuffs that they can't legally use. They're also extremely rude and will refuse to help you depending upon who's on duty on a specific night. A girl a floor up from me called them because a drunk individual was in her suite threatening to rape her and her suitemates, it took them 45 minutes to arrive. If you need any sort of protection or feel unsafe for any reason you need to have a group of friends nearby or be able to wait for the police to come from Auburn.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Very nice town. But it's empty.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is not much within the Town of Aurora. Everything that is fun usually is the campus activities.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Wells is located in a very small town, but there are two much larger cities close by. Even if you don't have a car, Wells has vans that can drop you off and pick you up-free of charge. The local atmosphere is fantastic. It has a very small, homey feel and everyone is extremely friendly. We're right on the lake too, so during the fall semester there's a lot of swimming and boating.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Wells is located in the little, doll-house town of Aurora. It's quaint, there's a village market, an ice cream shop open for only the first few weeks of fall semester, an okay burger restaurant, a graveyard, a library, and inn, and housing.
If you really want to do something, take a van up to Ithaca. Students will complain about being in the middle of nowhere.
The campus is next to a lake, you could go swimming. There are usually activities planned every weekend on campus. We have a great three story library (which needs some repairs, as its weight is slowly crushing itself) and we have a cafe.
But the atmosphere is nice, friendly. The Wells campus and surrounding town is gorgeous. Just don't be too noisy at night in the town or be a disturbance. It's a lovely place to be.

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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 14 responses

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  • 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 14 responses

  • 29% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 71% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% 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 15 responses

  • 33% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 53% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 13% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 15 responses

  • 60% No way.
  • 27% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 13% Totally.
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