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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Even though I've been here only one semester, I won't lie, I hate the winter. But during the late summer and the fall, the whole place looked amazing. Went to the beach a few times. It's a great place when it gets hot.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's Erie, there really isn't much to do or see other than other colleges

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Erie is definitely more for a nature lover, there are tons of really pretty parks and your next to the lake (15 min). as for going out nightlife, there is University Gates apartments, and that's about it unless your over 21 then there are clubs and bars downtown that you can go to.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: It can get slightly boring off campus unless you get on the highway for at least 15 minutes.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: There's never a time where you have nothing to do.


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Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Erie Land Light is the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes.
  2. Erie's Presque Isle means "almost island" in French.
  3. Erie is Pennsylvania's only lake port city.
  4. The city is famous for the large amounts of lake-effect snow it gets due to its proximity to Lake Erie.
Notable Natives
  • Ann Davis - played Alice on "The Brady Bunch"
  • Pat Mohanan - lead singer of the band Train
Points of Interest
  • Bicentennial Tower
  • Dobbins Landing
  • Erie Land Light
  • Erie Maritime Museum
  • Erie Zoo
  • Lake Erie
  • Perry Square
  • Presque Isle Downs
  • Presque Isle State Park
  • Splash Lagoon
  • Tom Ridge Environmental Center
  • Waldameer Park and Water World
  • Warner Theater
  • Watson-Curtze Mansion
Shopping Centers
  • Millcreek Mall
  • Peach Street
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Millcreek 6
5800 Peach St.
(800) 326-3264 x1418
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Tinseltown 17
1910 Rotunda Dr.
(800) 326-6264 x1132
Movie Theaters
TREC Big Green Screen Theater
301 Peninsula Dr.
(814) 838-4123
Major Sports Teams
  • Erie Otters: Minor league hockey
  • Erie SeaWolves: Minor league baseball
  • Erie Storm: Arena football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Buffalo: N.Y.: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Cleveland: Ohio: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Pittsburgh: Pa.: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 31 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 31 responses

  • 13% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 23% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 13% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 35% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 16% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 31 responses

  • 68% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 10% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 31 responses

  • 19% Totally.
  • 58% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 23% No way.
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