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4 College Student

Local Area: The local area is the best. It's still Queens so there are dangers but overall the atmosphere and quality and alright.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The atmosphere is great, there is so much to do at any time of the day.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: It's New York City so it's expensive but enjoyable.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: As St. John's advertises, it's about an hour away from the city. There are various activities one can do in the city.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: The school itself is in Queens, one of the five boroughs. My school always says how we are in the heart of NYC, but in reality, they are trying to refer to Manhattan, which is a bus+train or walk+train ride away. On average, it will take about 30 min to get to the first stop of Manhattan, which is Lexington Ave and 63rd Street. Manhattan, is of course, very lively and you will never find yourself with nothing to do. The local area around SJU, however, is just your regular suburban/urban area. If you take the bus to the more busy places, such as Flushing, you will find yourself in crowded areas filled with many people and restaurants.

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St. John’s is located in the Jamaica Estates, which is a development designed as a residential park. The streets were laid out to fit the contours of the land, and only detached, one-family houses with an attic and two stories were built. St. John’s University is lucky to be located within Jamaica Estates; it is a beautiful residential area. The noise level seems to be moderate, and the majority of necessities are within walking distance. It is a nice mixture of an abundance of homes, but at the same time, there are many stores that help to cater to the students' needs.

On the campus itself, the atmosphere is calmer (except around lunchtime), and there are two high schools present in the area: Jamaica and Bayside. This can add to the noise level in the morning and afternoon when they are getting in and out of school. Even though the campus isn’t in Manhattan, it’s hard to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Crowded buses and noisy neighbors (particularly high school kids) are to be expected. On the plus side, there are so many things to do that students will rarely have to think for long to come up with something to do on a weekend. It’s mostly a matter of outlook and motivation.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Panorama of the City of New York in the Queens Museum of Art is the "world's largest architectural model," containing 895,000 individual structures.
  2. Since the 1920s, Queens has been the "home of jazz" and the residence of choice for hundreds of jazz musicians, including such notables as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Notable Natives
  • Nasir "Nas" Jones - rapper
  • Lucy Liu - actress
  • John McEnroe - tennis player
  • Nancy Reagan - first lady of the United States
  • Al Roker - TV personality, weatherman
  • Donald Trump - entrepreneur
  • Christopher Walken - actor
Points of Interest
  • Central Park
  • Citi Field
  • Coney Island
  • Gateway National Recreation Area
  • Greenwich Village
  • Madison Square Garden
  • New York Aquarium
  • New York’s beaches
  • Times Square
Shopping Centers
Queens Center mall
Movie Theaters
Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas
159-02 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica
(800) 315-4000
Movie Theaters
Kew Gardens Cinemas
81-05 Lefferts Blvd.
Kew Gardens
(718) 441-9835
Major Sports Teams
  • New York Giants: NFL
  • New York Islanders: NHL
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Knicks: NBA
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Rangers: NHL
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Central Manhattan, N.Y.: : 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 147 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 148 responses

  • 61% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 5% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 4% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 28% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 148 responses

  • 35% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 50% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 15% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 148 responses

  • 41% Totally.
  • 39% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 20% No way.

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