Located miles from the nearest shopping mall, Kenyon College provides a unique atmosphere. Gambier is a single street with shops surrounded by cornfields and Amish communities, which leads Kenyon students to balk when others say their college town is small. The “downtown” is a single block long and features a market, deli, bookstore, coffee shop, post office, bar, and a restaurant. Far from being divided from the community, Kenyon students regularly interact with professors and other Gambier residents at these locales.
Students tend to stay on campus after arriving in the fall, creating what is lovingly known as the “Kenyon Bubble.” There are plenty of student clubs and organizations to fit any interest, and these clubs run events that are open to the general public. Local attractions—such as art exhibits, plays, apple picking, and hiking—keep students in the area. The only downside to this is the culture shock of returning home over breaks to places where television and travel dominate the social scene. On the other hand, for those who sometimes need a taste of the city life, Columbus is an hour away. There, students find shopping, movie theaters, good restaurants, and a little reprieve from “life on the hill." The Kenyon community is best for those who want to spend their time focused on schooling and friends rather than outside attractions, as its remote locale can make it difficult for the city-dweller to feel at home.