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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Brunswick is a wonderful community. It's quite small and night life is limited, but it more than makes up for that with small town charm and a close knit community. The downtown is close to campus and has a good variety of wonderful restaurants. Shopping is fairly limited nearby, but Freeport and Portland are not too far away by car or train.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Brunswick has a very quintessential feel: is the cutest town with a huge array of restaurants and little places to shop. Also Freeport, Topsam, and Portland are not too faraway if you want a city feel or more shopping.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Brunswick is a charming small town adapted to fit around Bowdoin. Many town attractions are directly aimed at students.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Charming little Brunswick has plenty of resources and interesting things to do. Residents are supportive of Bowdoin and take advantage of our campus offerings regularly. Not really a college town.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Some good up and coming restaurants, plenty of shopping, some local attractions as well. Townies are generally kind to students and helpful. Very safe, I have never felt uncomfortable in Brunswick.

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Brunswick has a New England feel with antique stores, boutiques, and restaurants dotting Maine Street, and the town is filled with tree-lined streets, open parks, bed and breakfasts, nice stores, eateries, and much more. Like much of New England, Brunswick boasts an amazing fall with the changing colors, cool refreshing temperatures, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, and an amazing sense of serenity. Maine also has many natural offerings for Bowdoin students. In warmer weather, swimming, surfing, hiking, and boating opportunities are easily accessible, and when winter arrives, students take advantage of skiing at Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Saddleback Mountain.

Bowdoin’s campus is adjacent to the downtown area and is close to hospitals, shopping, and the ocean. Students coming from larger cities comment that, at times, the town doesn’t offer enough variety to complement their busy lifestyles, but the opposite can be quite true for students coming from more rural backgrounds. Whatever the case, Brunswick is consistently modernizing and encourages college students to engage in local shopping and activities. A number of amazing restaurants exist along Maine Street, and bigger stores are clustered together at Cook's Corner. Student-resident relations generally depend on which organizations students choose to join—programs like Bowdoin Book Buddies or the host family program foster positive relationships. However, interaction with the world outside of the Bowdoin Bubble can be nonexistent or even negative, like when residents call Security to complain about a house party getting too rambunctious. But, in general, Bowdoin does a lot to give back to the community, and on the whole, students have a healthy relationship with Brunswick and often take the five-minute walk downtown for a cup of coffee or a nice sandwich or to find a cozy study spot off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Brunswick hosts the Bowdoin International Music Festival and is home to the Maine State Music Theatre, both of which put on performances throughout the summer.
  2. L.L.Bean headquarters is in nearby Freeport.
  3. Brunswick has one of the three historic pedestrian swinging bridges in Maine. Built in 1892, it is a steel and wood structure originally built as a way for workers from Topsham Heights to get to work at the Cabot Mill (Fort Andross).
  4. The islands in Casco Bay are sometimes called the Calendar Islands because of the popular legend that there are 365 of them.
  5. Brunswick is on the Androscoggin River and near the confluence of the Androscoggin and the Kennebec in Merrymeeting Bay.
Notable Natives
  • Leon Leonwood Bean - founder of L.L.Bean
  • Milton Bradley - game board manufacturer
  • Patrick Dempsey - actor
  • David E. Kelley - TV producer
  • Anna Kendrick - actress
  • Stephen King - author
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - poet
Points of Interest
  • Any of the several museums
  • Bailey Island Bridge
  • The coastline
  • Cultural festivals and arts community
  • Eagle Island
  • The mountains
  • Popham Beach
  • Ski areas
Shopping Centers
  • Cook's Corner in Brunswick
  • Downtown Brunswick
  • Freeport Outlets
  • Maine Mall in Portland
Movie Theaters
Eveningstar Cinema
149 Maine St.
Brunswick
(207) 729-5486
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Brunswick 10
19 Gurnet Rd.
Brunswick
(207) 798-3996
Major Sports Teams
  • Portland Pirates: Minor league hockey
  • Portland Sea Dogs: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 2 hours
  • Montreal: QC: 6 hours
  • New York City: NY: 6 hours
  • Portland: ME: 35 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

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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 38 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 18% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 79% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% 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 37 responses

  • 14% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 62% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 24% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 40 responses

  • 12% Totally.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 35% No way.

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