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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Lakeland is great, from what I've seen. I don't have a car so I can't comment on downtown too much, but it was nice when I went.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Lakeland offers plenty to do, including food-truck rally's and "First Friday" parties hosted downtown on the first Friday of every month. The area is beautiful and well kept, and a great place to take a stroll down the sidewalk or around the various lakes on a nice, sunny day.

4 College Senior

Local Area: The downtown area is wonderful for any day of the week at any time. Plenty of things to do no matter what crowd you're with.

4 College Junior

Local Area: It has a great atmosphere that there are so many things to do around my school; it's also peace and quiet during class sessions.

2 College Junior

Local Area: This place is only good for the main attraction that is the college. I'd never settle down here, even if it is a pretty place.

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Lakeland is very accommodating to its students, mostly because of the small-town atmosphere. Businesses are very willing to help out school organizations with donations for fundraisers. Special offers for students are sometimes available as well, especially in the case of small businesses. Despite its size, Lakeland has many opportunities for entertainment that may not be as obvious or visable as in a big city, but exist nevertheless. Many days can be spent away from campus, just exploring the small shops or relaxing around many of the nearby lakes. Be sure to bring bread for the ducks! If small-town adventures aren't entertaining enough, Orlando and Tampa are an hour away from campus. Both cities hold enough theme parks, clubs, and other activities to satisfy anyone. Plus, beaches are close by for a good weekend away from campus.

During the day, most students are somewhere on campus, whether for a class, meeting, or athletics. In the evening and on weekends, numerous events are held. A good number of students, including upperclassmen, will stay on campus for these events, which often include music and free food, so there is always a good reason to attend. Plus, most students find these events are a good way to socialize because their friends are the ones who hosted the student-organized event. Another reason why students tend to stick around on campus, especially at night, is that some areas around Lakeland are not the best areas to be in after dark.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Lakeland has one of the first Hindu temples in the United States.
  2. Publix supermarkets are based in Lakeland.
  3. The Detroit Tigers use Lakeland as spring training headquarters.
Notable Natives
  • Rhea Durham - fashion model
  • Faith Evans - singer
  • Freddie Mitchell - NFL player
  • Kara Monaco - Playboy playmate
  • Andrew Reynolds - professional skateboarder
Local Slang
  • Coke or soda: Pop
  • Iced tea: Sweet tea
  • Shirley Temple: Non-alcoholic cocktail
Points of Interest
  • Cypress Gardens
  • Fantasy of Flight
  • Sun 'n Fun
Shopping Centers
  • Lakeland Square Mall
  • Lakeside Village
Movie Theaters
The Cobb
1650 Town Center Dr.
Lakeland
(863) 937-0416
Movie Theaters
Silver Moon Drive-In
4100 New Tampa Hwy
Lakeland
(863) 682-0849
Major Sports Teams
  • Lakeland Flying Tigers: Minor league baseball
  • Lakeland Thunderbolts: American Indoor Football Association
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Daytona Beach: FL: 2 hours
  • Miami: FL: 4 hours
  • Orlando: FL: 1 hour
  • Tampa: FL: 40 minutes
Did You Know?
Make sure to check out local festivals in Lakeland, such as Pig Fest and the Strawberry Festival. The culture, entertainment, and food are amazing.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
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 44 responses

  • 5% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 30% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 41% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 25% 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 44 responses

  • 30% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 59% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 12% Totally.
  • 47% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 42% No way.

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