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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Trains all freaking night and gun shots are common sounds, but being near Greenville in always beautiful.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Spartanburg has a great little scene, especially with seven colleges in the town. There are clubs, malls, and restaurants near the campus, and as long as you are looking, there is always something to do, even at the strangest times: Cookout and Waffle House are always great options.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Spartanburg doesn't have a whole lot to offer. There are a few fun restaurants and some decent retail stores. But for an especially fun outing, people take trips to a bigger city, like Greenville or Charlotte.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Downtown Spartanburg is charming. There are many places where students can get discounts. Many students have jobs and internships in local businesses.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Many dining areas offer student discounts or recognize the converse symbol on the clothes. Many strangers have approached me to ask about Converse College or to ask for help because Converse College students are known to be the best citizens.


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While the Spartanburg community does not roll out the red carpet for college students, it is quite welcoming and friendly. The town has six different colleges to help stimulate the economy, and locals are aware of the economic impact of Converse and other schools. Despite the presence of six different colleges, Spartanburg is still very much a small city, as opposed to an exciting college town. The small-city atmosphere can be charming, particularly in the downtown area, but it can also be frustrating if you’re looking for something to do. Many students go home or go to other cities on the weekends. The Converse campus is definitely sleepy from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.

While there isn't a crazy number of things to do in Spartanburg, there are still some options for those who decide to hang out in town on the weekends. There are shopping centers on both sides of town and a mall in the Westside neighborhood. The downtown area also has several independent boutiques. In addition to the cultural activities sponsored by the city’s colleges, Spartanburg is also home to the Chapman Cultural Center and Hub-Bub (which encourages people to get excited about art). However, Spartanburg is lacking in other areas. There are no professional or minor league sports in the area, so the only sports events are those sponsored by the city’s colleges. Many bars and other hangouts either close early or are open only to those 21-and-over. In addition to the lack of nightlife, some areas of Spartanburg can be very unsafe. While statistics vary from report to report, the city consistently tops national crime rates.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Spartanburg County is home to BMW's only U.S. production plant. Every X3, X5, and X6 is produced here.
  2. The Carolina Panthers train at Wofford College every July and August.
  3. In the early 1900s, a Pellagra research hospital operated in Spartanburg because so many locals suffered from the Pellagra disease, which is caused by a vitamin deficiency.
  4. Converse College is the number 10 top employer for the city of Spartanburg.
  5. The movie "Sleeping with the Enemy," which starred Julia Roberts, was filmed partly in Spartanburg. One of the scenes was filmed at Converse's pool.
Notable Natives
  • Pink Anderson - inspiration for the "Pink" in Pink Floyd
  • Marshall Chapman - singer-songwriter
  • Stephen Davis - NFL running back
  • Marcus McBeth - MLB baseball player
  • Celia Weston - actress
Local Slang
  • Buggy: Shopping cart
  • Coke: Any soda, not just a Coca-Cola
  • Fish camp: Seafood restaurant
  • Fixin' to: About to do something, as in "fixin' to go to the store"
  • Mash: To push, as in "mash a button"
Points of Interest
  • Ballet Spartanburg
  • Country Club of Spartanburg
  • Cowpens National Battlefield
  • The Spartanburg Museum of Art
  • Spartanburg Regional Museum of History
  • Spartanburg Science Center
Shopping Centers
  • Dorman Center
  • Hillcrest Shopping Center
  • WestGate Mall
Movie Theaters
Carmike Seven Cinema
1985 E. Main St.
Eastside Spartanburg
(864) 597-1660
Movie Theaters
Carmike Wynnsong 7
1640 Reidville Blvd.
(864) 576-3240
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Spartan Stadium 16
855 Spartan Blvd.
Westside Spartanburg
(864) 574-3022
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Charlotte, N.C.: : 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Columbia, S.C.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Greenville, S.C.: : 40 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 33 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 30 responses

  • 13% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 40% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 23% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 20% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 3% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 29 responses

  • 79% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 21% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 21% Totally.
  • 45% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 34% No way.



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