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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Fort Myers/Estero is a beautiful area. There are many parks and recreation facilities, which offer a wonderful environment for experiencing the outdoors or exercising. There are several shopping centers located near by, which contain something for everyone. The area is relatively safe, although there may be a few sections to be wary of. I love the diversity of the different people living here, especially those attending my school.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: While the local area is mostly senior citizens, there is a lot that you can still do as a student. There is many things going on in the shopping center and we are also almost 20 mins away from the beach.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: There are not many area attractions within the town. This is not to say that there are none at all, because there are some things to do. I think that the off campus shops and activities are geared more toward older citizens and not college students.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There aren't many things to do off campus except for shopping, the beach which is a drive, and a wakeboarding park, which is also a fair distance.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the surrounding area. There's always a place to eat although not too much of a party scene


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Students have the Gulf Coast Town Center and the Miromar Outlets very close to campus, which offer a variety of stores and restaurants. However, other than these places, there's not much to do off campus. Eating and shopping are the main attractions, but not everyone enjoys this all of the time.

Students usually entertain themselves by finding stuff to do on campus. Overall, Florida Gulf Coast University is a beautiful campus, and the student body is very friendly.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins train in Fort Myers.
  2. In the 1985 movie "Day of the Dead," the abandoned city scene was filmed in downtown Fort Myers.
Notable Natives
  • Mindy McCready - country music singer
  • Deion Sanders - former NFL cornerback and MLB outfielder
Points of Interest
  • Caloosahatchee River
  • Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium
  • City of Palms Park
  • Edison and Ford Winter Estates
  • Gulf Coast Town Center
  • Harborside Event Center
  • Historic Downtown Fort Myers Art Walk
  • Southwest Florida Museum of History
Shopping Centers
  • Edison Mall
  • Miromar Outlets
Movie Theaters
AMC Merchants Crossing 16
15201 N. Cleveland Ave. N
Fort Myers
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Regal Bell Tower 20
13499 Bell Tower Dr.
Fort Myers
(239) 590-9696
Movie Theaters
Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16
10028 Gulf Center Dr.
Fort Myers
(800) 326-3264
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: : 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Miami: : 2 hours, 50 minutes
  • Orlando, Fla.: : 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Tampa, Fla.: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
There are lots of shopping plazas and restaurants around the school.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 113 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 115 responses

  • 8% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 33% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 26% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 26% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 7% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 114 responses

  • 27% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 35% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 38% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 115 responses

  • 24% Totally.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 24% No way.



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