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Local Area


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2 College Freshman

Local Area: Brookings is a small town. There is not much too do here. Unless you are 21 this town does not offer much to college students. There is essentially no great places to go shopping. The locals in this town are pretty decent, although there is not a whole lot of interaction between the students and the locals. It is as if the campus is in its own town.

3 College Student

Local Area: Brookings is an average sized college town, but a lot of the activity to do off campus is based on the bar scene, so underage students don't really have a lot to do.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I love Hobo days and the way the town comes together to support the college.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Most neighborhood intersections do not have yield or stop signs. I know someone who was hit at one of these intersections and no one was blamed for the accident because neither of them were required to stop or yield to the other.

4 College Junior

Local Area: There are a few areas of town that don't particularly like college students, but students just avoid those areas. Otherwise, it's pretty friendly once any issues from move in weekend have calmed down.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 53 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 54 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 46% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 26% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 15% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 13% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 54 responses

  • 43% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 22% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 35% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 53 responses

  • 11% Totally.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 32% No way.


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