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3 College Junior

Local Area: The immediate surrounding area of GU is terrible

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Spokane grows on you. There is always something to do if you look hard enough. Downtown is only a mile walk away from campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Spokane is a kind of sketchy place- but downtown is becoming more vibrant and fun. The movie theater/mall is only about a 15 minute walk from campus, so theres always something to do when you're really bored.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Spokane has many events going on. Often they are very cool and unique. I like this college more for these reasons.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Our campus is located right in the heart of a neighborhood, but students have access to Safeway which is only a 2-3 block walk from campus. Generally, people are pretty nice toward Gonzaga students.

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Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The first Saturday in May brings more than 50,000 intrepid people to participate in the annual Bloomsday 12K run.
  2. Spokane's Hoopfest, played on the streets of downtown, is the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world.
  3. Within a couple hours of Spokane, there are dozens of places for outdoor maniacs, such as climbing (Minnehaha, Vantage, Leavenworth), backpacking, fishing, biking, skiing, snowboarding, and kayaking.
  4. Spokane means "Children of the Sun" in the Spokane tribe's Native American language.
  5. The downtown area is connected by the second largest skywalk system in the United States, keeping your shopping-to-freezing ratio optimal.
Notable Natives
  • Bing Crosby – singer, actor
  • Craig T. Nelson – actor
  • Michael Winslow – "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects," actor ("Police Academy")
Local Slang
  • Spokies: Spokane residents, usually less-than-savory
  • Spokompton, Spokanistan, Spokanee: Fond variations on the city name
  • Spo-Po: Spokane Police
  • The Westside: Seattle, or anything on the other side of the Cascades
Points of Interest
  • Auntie's Bookstore
  • Centennial Trail
  • Lake Coeur d'Alene
  • Manito Park
  • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
  • River Park Square
  • Riverfront Park
  • Riverside State Park
  • South Hill
  • Spokane Falls
Shopping Centers
  • NorthTown Mall
  • River Park Square
Movie Theaters
AMC River Park Square 20
808 W. Main St.
(888) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
Garland Theater
924 W. Garland Ave.
(509) 327-1050
Movie Theaters
IMAX Theatre – Riverfront Park
507 N. Howard St.
(509) 625-6686
Movie Theaters
Regal NorthTown Mall 12
4750 N. Division St.
(509) 459-0570
Major Sports Teams
  • Spokane Chiefs: Minor league hockey
  • Spokane Indians: Minor league baseball
  • Spokane Shock: Arena football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Portland, Ore.: : 5 hours, 30 minutes
  • Seattle: : 4 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 54 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 57 responses

  • 28% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 28% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 42% 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 56 responses

  • 46% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 46% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 7% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 55 responses

  • 11% Totally.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 33% No way.



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