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3 College Freshman

Local Area: It's a college town, so it's not really going to be all that impressive. Especially for the midwest.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: It's a nice town to stay in if you don't mind being around college students I would say

3 College Junior

Local Area: it's a great town but if you don't aspire to be an alcoholic then you should get out of carbondale as soon as you graduate

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I love the town of Carbondale and all it has to offer. Like food and shopping! The two things you need.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Carbondale has some sketchy areas that I wouldn't venture to alone or at all for that matter. However, there are many hidden gems that the Carbondale area offers that are just beautiful. There are truly good people that go to SIU but also some sketchy people but that is anywhere. I have made some awesome friends and discovered some sweet places and have made some fantastic memories. Overall, Carbondale is sketchy but you learn where to go and you learn to love it.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 97 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 98 responses

  • 6% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 54% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 31% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 98 responses

  • 38% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 39% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 97 responses

  • 14% Totally.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 39% No way.


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