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3 College Freshman

Local Area: During football season this campus is buzzing with people and energy. After football season, not so much. There is really nothing to do unless eat, sleep, workout, or study. Unless you are of legal drinking age or have a fake ID, going to fraternity house parties are as good as it is going to get when it comes to nightlife. The shopping situation around campus is not the best so if you feel like spending some money you better hope you have a car that you can take an hour to the galleria and even that isn't an incredible shopping mall. Some people are genuinely nice and some are not just like any other place but unless you are in Greek life, it is very hard to make friends and find something fun and different to do every weekend.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: it starts to get shady farther off campus but with a car there is a plethora of activities

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: There's lots of places to eat and shop off campus

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Local Area: Not really much here except the school & campus life & supporting activities around that.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Tuscaloosa isn't exactly a vacation destination outside of football season. It's definitely a college town. The area around campus is very nice and developed. There are several parks, lakes, and hiking trails nearby, as well as an outdoor ice rink in the winter.

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The University of Alabama is in a typical Southern college town with a lot of attention devoted to football. To live in this town, you must be able to accept that Bama football takes over in the fall. The whole town celebrates game days and school spirit is everywhere, but don’t think the excitement stops there. When football season is over, there are still tons of things to do in this town. On the Strip, you can always find good food, your favorite bands, and unique shopping.

With all that’s offered in Tuscaloosa, many students say that there’s never a dull moment. It’s always easy to run into someone you know on the Strip to hang out with. The general consensus is that this is the town that never sleeps because the parties never end. If you’re not really into the party scene, you can take advantage of Tuscaloosa’s museums and outdoor activities. To enjoy the atmosphere to the fullest, explore the unique places Tuscaloosa has to offer. Four major rivers wind through Alabama, creating a lush outdoor of accessible creeks, lakes, and trails. Those who love hiking, camping, and water sports will find a veritable heaven on earth in Tuscaloosa.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. You can find Tuscaloosa 33.23 degrees north of the equator and 87.54 degrees west of the prime meridian.
  2. Tuscaloosa was Alabama's capital from 1826-1846.
  3. Tuscaloosa was awarded the All-American City Award by the National Civic League in 2002.
  4. There's an abundance of water activities to be found in Tuscaloosa, where four lakes form 10,000 acres of recreational water areas. There are no large, natural lakes in Alabama, but the numerous dams on the state's rivers form many artificial ones.
  5. Tuscaloosa is also home to over 100 camping areas.
Notable Natives
  • Lurleen Burns-Wallace
  • William J. Murphy
  • Senator Richard Shelby
  • John Stallworth
  • Robert J. Van de Graaff
  • Dinah Washington
Local Slang
  • Bama: Short for Alabama
  • The Strip: Downtown area that consists of bars, restaurants, and shopping
  • T Town: Short for Tuscaloosa
Points of Interest
  • Alabama Museum of Natural History
  • Bryant Denny Stadium
  • The Cliffs
  • Denny Chimes
  • Hurricane Creek
  • Lake Tuscaloosa
  • Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center & Museum
  • Paul W. Bryant Museum
  • The Strip
  • Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art
Shopping Centers
  • Downtown Plaza
  • McFarland Mall
  • Midtown Village
  • University Mall
  • University Town Center
Movie Theaters
Bama Six Cinema
Bama Mall
(205) 752-1163
Movie Theaters
Hollywood 16 Cobb Cinema
I-359 and Skyland Blvd.
(205) 248-8248
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 3 hours, 20 minutes
  • New Orleans: LA: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 185 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 185 responses

  • 12% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 69% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 10% 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 185 responses

  • 46% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 33% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 21% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 183 responses

  • 16% Totally.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.



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