Local Atmosphere

Location
Kalamazoo, MI
Undergrads
16,303
Tuition (in-state)
$23,262 ($9,982)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is okay but a little gloomy and in pleasant at times

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I plan to stay after graduation

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on and something to see or do. It would be difficult to get bored.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere has its ups and downs. There have been many robberies and a couple bar shootings in the kalamazoo area and that has been extremely scary for most students, but we all stick together and make the best of this lovely town.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: My only complaint is the cost of rent for any apartment even remotely close to campus. And they aren't even a quality apartment.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric DiManno
Hometown
Sterling Heights
Major
Creative Writing
Grad Year
2012
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Because the city's name sounds so exotic, T-shirts are sold in the area, touting, "Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo." Yet, despite the unusual-sounding name, the atmosphere in Kalamazoo is pretty laid-back. There are all different types of people with different styles, music, and hangout choices. In terms of food, there are a lot of locally-owned and -run restaurants with unique food options and interesting décor. Some restaurants are college themed, and others are your typical chain restaurant.

The downtown area is definitely a place to check out during the day and night, as there is a great variety of things to see and do. Kalamazoo is known for its art deco style of architecture, with examples including the Bank of Kalamazoo Building (e.g., the American National Bank Building) on East Michigan Avenue. In the downtown area of Kalamazoo, you can also find concerts, bars, clubs, fine dining, shopping centers, comedy shows, dance clubs, and relaxed coffee shops. If you're looking for a good time, downtown is the place to be after hours.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
At least a dozen songs have featured "Kalamazoo" in the title, including "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo" by Glenn Miller.
Notable Natives
McG - film director
Points of Interest
  • Gilmore Car Museum
  • Kalamazoo Air Zoo
  • Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Art
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • Miller Auditorium
  • Ramona Park
  • SkyDeck
  • South Haven beaches
Shopping Centers
The Crossroads Mall
Movie Theaters
Kalamazoo 10
820 Maple Hill Drive
Kalamazoo
(269) 345-7469
Major Sports Teams
  • Kalamazoo Kings: Minor league baseball
  • Kalamazoo Outrage: Soccer club
  • Kalamazoo Wings: Minor league hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Detroit: : 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Grand Rapids, Mich.: : 50 minutes
  • Lansing, Mich.: : 1 hour, 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 118 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 114 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 17% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 3% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 53% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 27% 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 114 responses

  • 8% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 40% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 52% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 114 responses

  • 22% No way.
  • 59% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 19% Totally.

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