Local Atmosphere

Williamstown, MA
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2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I feel completely stranded on campus with nothing to do outside of campus life.

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2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nothing to do off campus. :(

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Williamstown is an extremely small town, so there is not much to do in terms of "out-of-college" attractions. However, the campus is extremely close-knit so there is always something going on.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Williamstown is what a lot of people are looking for. A small town in the middle of the beautiful mountains without the hustle and bustle of the city. There is lots of hiking, skiing, camping and other outdoor activities as well. Safety is never worried about on campus and interactions with locals are easily avoided. However, there's two sides to that. There isn't a great way to get away from Williamstown without making a major trip. The nearest real town, North Adams, isn't a big attraction for anything besides the Walmart, movie theater, or other similar things. Come here if you're happy with staying on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small Town Charm – So, no argument here: Williamstown is pretty remote. Beyond a few streets close to the town, there's not much it will offer you. But what it does offer you is completely charming. Townspeople regularly participate in college sponsored events, or college students will help out at the local schools. Spring St. definitely isn't bustling (there's really only one bar in town), but it has dependable options for a night out to eat, and is easy distance. The cohesiveness between college and berkshire life makes the town a great place to live- and the views don't hurt.

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Semira Menghes
Atlanta, GA
American Studies - Arts in Context
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Williams is not comparable to New York City in the field of diversity, but for a small town, Williamstown has a lot to offer  visitors and residents. A friendly, inviting, and intellectually stimulating atmosphere, combined with peace and the beauty of nature makes Williamstown more than attractive.

The town is small, but if you are into the arts, it has a lot to offer. From the movie theater to the overall appearance of the town, Williamstown gives off an artsy aura. Though it is generally quiet, many students find it relaxing.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Williamstown was established as a plantation called West Hoosuck in 1753.
  2. The town has more churches than bars.
  3. The Iranian royal family was exiled in Williamstown in the 1970s.
  4. Williamstown celebrated it's Ducentquinquagentennial (250th birthday) on Saturday, September 20, 2003.
  5. The Williamstown police has three cars total.
Notable Natives
Susan B. Anthony - born in Adams, Massachusetts, 10 miles from Williamstown
Points of Interest
  • Clark Art Institute Museum
  • North Adams
  • WiCMA
  • Williamstown
Shopping Centers
  • Berkshire Mall
  • Colonial Plaza
  • North Adams Plaza
Movie Theaters
Images Cinema
50 Spring Street
(413) 458-5612
Movie Theaters
North Adams Cinema 8
1665 Curran Hwy.
North Adams
(413) 663-5873
Movie Theaters
Regal Berkshire Mall 10
123 Old State Rd.
(413) 499-3106
Major Sports Teams
Boston Red Sox: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 3 hours
  • New York City: NY: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 15 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 16 responses

  • 44% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 50% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 6% 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

  • 80% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 13% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 7% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

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

  • 73% No way.
  • 13% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 13% Totally.
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