Local Atmosphere

Aurora, NY
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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.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There isn't alot to go to. town is almost an hour away, so if you don't have a car, you will be very limited. very community based. try to have lots of activities to do, but not many options.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The village of Aurora is very small, but it is absolutely beautiful! The view of Cayuga Lake is very serene and peaceful and I love to wake up in the morning and see the lake.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 12 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 13 responses

  • 23% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 77% 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 14 responses

  • 29% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 57% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 14% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 13 responses

  • 54% No way.
  • 31% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 15% Totally.
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