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5 College Senior

Local Area: If you really are concerned with these events take a 7$ train ride to chicago.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There aren't many community events outside the campus grounds at all, and some of the larger shopping centers are a considerable distance away.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: I'm an Aurora native, so I'm a bit biased. The Aurora area is familiar and I like it. For attractions/activities, there is a free zoo in Aurora (Philip's Park Zoo), the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall, RiverEdge Park, the Brookfield Zoo nearby, SportsZone (with mini golf and go-karts), many forest preserves, Six Flags just over an hour away, Chicago about 45 minutes away, downtown Naperville, Luigi's (laser tag, arcade) a few blocks from the campus, Brunswick Zone (bowling, laser tag, arcade), Starved Rock State Park (waterfalls!) about an hour and a half away, the Fox Valley Westfield Mall, and others places. There are a lot of Latino businesses with great authentic food. There are also numerous thrift shops nearby (which I consider a staple), and nearby Aldi and Big Lots grocery stores to help keep the grocery bill low. If you drive five miles in any direction you'll find the same chain stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Chile's, Panera, etc.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: There have been complaints from the locals that have led to restrictive policies.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Not much to do in the town, you'd have to go to the neighboring schools/cities, to find entertainment.

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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 30 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 32 responses

  • 9% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 28% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 34% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 28% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 31 responses

  • 42% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 42% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 16% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 31 responses

  • 26% Totally.
  • 61% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 13% No way.
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