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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: FSU is more about the people than the place. The roads are small and always crowded with traffic regardless of what time it is. There's homeless people all over. The shopping is nothing compared to major cities (besides a few nice boutiques). It's 100% college town and not a great place to be afterward... Especially if you love the beach. The scenery is nice though and Tally has some unforgettable food and nightlife. I'll come back and visit!

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Tallahassee is a very welcoming and friendly city. There are beautiful areas with gorgeous nature views, and still plenty to do around town. Since the downtown area mostly encompasses FSU's campus and student housing, it has its unsafe elements.

4 College Senior

Local Area: There's a lot to do in Tallahassee. There's plenty of shopping, dining, festivals, etc. You never get bored. It's a very large city and does get pretty packed with people having two universities, a community college, and the Capitol.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Lots of homeless people begging students.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The area of Tallahassee is beautiful with tons of options for dining and nightlife. It is particularly student populated though and I find road congestion during the day to be a current issue.

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This is a Southern town, so expect things to move at a slower pace. However, don't be fooled into thinking that nothing happens here. During the spring and summer, the state legislature is in session and the town is filled with movers and shakers. For political science, business, and communications majors, this can give the opportunity to see the deal-making and schmoozing first-hand. As for students that do not have an interest in government or legislation, there is still a lot to do in Tallahassee.

Tallahassee is home to two universities and a community college, so there is a large student population present, and not with just FSU students. This means there are twice as many bars, parties, and other activities to keep the average student entertained. More intellectual pursuits are also available in the form of museums, nature trails, and archeological sites. For the more adventurous, there are numerous places to visit that are within a few hours drive of town, including Wakulla Springs, the Florida Caverns, and the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab. Students also like to go to Panama City where the culture is very eclectic. Just keep in mind that appearances can be deceiving, and there is more to do in Tallahassee than meets the eye.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Tallahassee is the state capital of Florida.
  2. It is ranked as the No. 2 medium-sized college city in which to live.
  3. Tallahassee is considered one of America's most educated cities.
  4. On any given day, you may run into George Clinton (Parliament), Ted Turner, Jimmy Buffet, or several other celebrities who live in the area.
  5. The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, also called the MOAS, was formerly known as The Museum of Art and Science and the Odyssey Science Center. The MOAS offers a variety of educational programs, and FSU students have participated in a chemistry magic show. It also encourages student exhibitions, and admission is free to students.
Local Slang
  • Fixin' to: Meaning "getting ready to"
  • I reckon: A Southerner says this meaning "I think that"
  • Sink: A shortening of "sinkhole"; these are fairly popular swimming holes that dot the Apalachicola National Forest south of campus. The water comes from underground springs and is ice cold. These are great for hot August afternoons.
  • The Strip: The stretch of Tennessee Street near campus that consists of several popular student bars and clubs
  • Tennessee Waltz: Hitting all the bars on Tennessee Street in one night; this is usually done in celebration of a 21st birthday, when many of the drinking establishments offer a free beer or pitcher to the celebrant.
Points of Interest
  • Challenger Learning Center
  • FSU Reservation
  • Goodwood Plantation
  • Maclay State Gardens
  • Mary Brogan Museum of Arts and Sciences
  • Museum of Florida History
  • Wakulla Springs State Park
Shopping Centers
  • Governor's Square Mall
  • Market Square Shopping Center
  • Tallahassee Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Tallahassee Mall 20
2415 N. Monroe St.
(850) 386-4330
Movie Theaters
IMAX Theatre
200 S. Duval St.
(850) 645-7827
Movie Theaters
Regal Miracle 5
1815 Thomasville Rd.
(850) 224-2617
Movie Theaters
Regal Governor's Square
1501 Governor's Square Blvd.
(850) 878-7211
Movie Theaters
Student Life Cinema
113 S. Wildwood Dr.
Florida State campus
(850) 644-4455
Major Sports Teams
Jacksonville Jaguars: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Jacksonville: FL: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Panama City: FL: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 354 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 355 responses

  • 21% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 60% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 15% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 354 responses

  • 60% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 37% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 354 responses

  • 8% Totally.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 46% No way.



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