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4 College Freshman

Local Area: I've lived in Atlanta for many years, and there is still much growth for this city but it's still developing at the moment.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: the local area is awesome because there is something to do for everyone. There are great bars and restaurants and lounges for the night life. Atlanta is also known for Six Flags, The huge SkyView ferris wheel and our new up and coming stadium.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: My few years attending Georgia State University ignited my inner city lifestyle. I absolutely love the pace, adventures, diversity , numerous tourist attractions and sites.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: It ranges from very friendly, to complete assholes... It just depends on the day

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Georgia State University is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Peachtree Street, the main hub of the city, is literally a ten minute walk from campus. Many of Atlanta's most famous attractions, such as the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium are right around the corner. The Georgia Dome is a five minute drive, which is great for sports fans. There is so much to do off campus!


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Atlanta can be intimidating for kids that don't venture into the city very often, but there are so many neighborhoods and personalities that students are bound to find scenes that satisfy their interests. There are multiple concert and performing arts venues, as well as some of the city's and state's largest parks and shopping centers, all within walking distance of campus. The area is very accepting of the student crowd, and with so many different cultural, political, and ethnic groups, it's almost impossible not to find an area to be comfortable in. The campus itself is entwined with the city structures and landmarks that surround it, and students generally learn to embrace its unique urban features sooner rather than later.

While there are typically lots of events happening on campus (in large part due to the high number of student organizations), most students go outside of the University for entertainment. There are a ton of bars, restaurants, clubs, shows, galleries, and museums to go to and see that aren't affiliated with the school, and they're all too close to pass up. There are also several other colleges only minutes away from Georgia State, most notably the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University. Georgia State students are constantly going to these campuses for social events—and vice versa.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Atlanta was the host city for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Centennial Olympic Park was built specifically for the games and is only a 10-minute walk from Georgia State.
  2. The famous soft drink Coca Cola was developed in Atlanta in the late 1800s by John Pemberton and is still being produced today in their "World of Coca Cola" headquarters in Atlanta.
  3. There are more than 55 Atlanta street names with the word "Peachtree" in it.
  4. Atlanta is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States behind Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.
  5. Atlanta's Peachtree Road Race, held every July 4, is the largest 10-kilometer race in the world.
Notable Natives
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • T.I.
  • Ted Turner
  • Usher
Local Slang
  • Downtown connector: where the city's two major Interstates, I-285 and I-85, meet
  • Inside/outside the perimeter: directions in reference to Interstate 285, which encircles the city
  • L5P: Little Five Points
  • Ponce: Ponce de Leon Avenue
Points of Interest
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern
  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • CNN Center
  • Fernbank Science Center
  • Fox Theatre
  • Georgia Dome
  • Little Five Points
  • Philips Arena
  • Piedmont Park
  • State Capitol Building
  • The Tabernacle
  • Underground Atlanta
Shopping Centers
  • Atlantic Station
  • Lenox Square Mall
  • Underground Atlanta
Movie Theaters
Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema
931 Monroe Dr. NE
Atlanta (Downtown)
(678) 495-1424
Movie Theaters
Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta (Downtown)
(404) 873-1939
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Atlantic Stadium 16
371 17th St.
Atlanta (Midtown)
(404) 347-9889
Movie Theaters
Starlight 6 Drive-In
2000 Moreland Ave. SE
(404) 627-5786
Major Sports Teams
  • Atlanta Braves: MLB
  • Atlanta Dream : WNBA
  • Atlanta Falcons : NFL
  • Atlanta Hawks: NBA
  • Atlanta Silverbacks: United Soccer League
  • Atlanta Thrashers : NHL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Columbia: SC: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Tallahassee: FL: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 239 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 240 responses

  • 89% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 10% 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 240 responses

  • 72% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 240 responses

  • 40% Totally.
  • 49% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 11% No way.



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