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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Fun alway something to do

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Towson, MD is a vibrant city, with semi-active nightlife. We do get many off-campus crime alerts, such as armed robberies in local apartment buildings. There is a great mall just down the street, as well as stores along York Road. The shopping is very decent. We have many recreational sport clubs, as well as varsity sports. There is a lot of "Maryland pride" here at Towson, which was kind of a shock to me coming from NJ. Towson is very involved with University Residence Government and Housing and Residence life.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Towson is a great living environment. It has all the essentials that make the college experience memorable.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Theres always something going on uptown and the Towson mall is close to campus

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Towson does have a good mix of things to do. Especially with the new movie theater.

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The area of Towson has it all. It is the ideal college town with everything to offer, aside from school spirit—it is obvious that there is a lack thereof of that. Students love the fact that Towson has a selection of many bars, restaurants, a great mall, movie theaters, and a bookstore, all within walking distance of the University. The local community is, for the most part, friendly toward the students, but the interaction among students and locals is not that frequent. Another great aspect of Towson’s location is that it is not in the busy city of Baltimore but right outside of it, which is what students find most convenient. There is a vast variety of places to go to within 10 minutes of the school, including downtown Baltimore or Fells Point, which is most popular on Halloween.

Although there are many students from multiple schools that surround Towson and Baltimore, the schools do not interact that often. Furthermore, even with the presence of many local bars closer to campus, many students still prefer the downtown Baltimore bars instead.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Hall of Fame members of the Baltimore Colts, Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, Art Donovan, Gino Marchetti, and Raymond Berry lived in Towson.
  2. The world's foremost toolmaker, Black & Decker, has corporate headquarters in Towson.
  3. A recent national survey listed the Towson Public Library as the busiest suburban library in the United States.
  4. Towson Plaza Shopping Center, which opened in 1959, was one of, if not the first, multi-level shopping centers built in the United States.
  5. The movie Runaway Bride starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts was filmed in Towson.
Notable Natives
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Michael Phelps
Points of Interest
  • Baltimore Aquarium
  • Fells Point
  • Inner Harbor
  • M&T Bank Stadium
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • Power Plant Live!
Shopping Centers
  • Hunt Valley Town Center
  • Towson Town Center
  • White Marsh Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews White Marsh
8141 Honeygo Blvd.
(410) 933-9428
Movie Theaters
AMC Towson Commons
435 York Rd.
(410) 825-5233
Movie Theaters
Regal Hunt Valley Mall Stadium
11511 McCormick Rd.
Hunt Valley
(410) 329-9800
Movie Theaters
The Senator
5904 York Rd.
(410) 435-8338
Major Sports Teams
  • Baltimore Blast: soccer
  • Baltimore Orioles: baseball
  • Baltimore Ravens: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: MD: 10 minutes
  • Washington: D.C.: 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 145 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 145 responses

  • 42% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 34% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 3% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 20% 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 145 responses

  • 74% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 144 responses

  • 22% Totally.
  • 59% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 19% No way.



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