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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Smallish city. Grumpy locals, trust me I live here.

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2 College Junior

Local Area: Need a car to go anywhere; especially the places that the school loves to advertise as if they are just across the street walking distance. Google crime reports, sex offenders, etc for a scary time. Whoever says this is a college town is drunk.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: I don't have a car so I don't leave campus too often, but my experiences in Fredericksburg have been positive overall.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: I grew up in this area and love everything about it from the original downtown Fredericksburg to the local shoppin mall.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Lots of adorable shops near campus!


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During the daytime, a student can be found relaxing in a coffee shop or sauntering the sidewalks while passing various, small shops downtown. Downtown is the only place within walking distance. Central Park is a short drive, and there, you'll find every chain restaurant and store imaginable, and on a nice day, it's enjoyable to walk around and visit the boutiques. Daytime activities seem to be redundant but plentiful, due to various shopping options. There is also the Marquee Cinemas that is as beautiful as it is historic, and it can be a great place to hang out with some friends.

A common complaint filed by students is the lack of nightlife opportunities. In terms of nightlife, Mary Washington is a quaint place with not too much to do. There are no clubs, and not too much is open past 12 a.m. However, there are a couple of bars downtown that are open until 2 a.m. that upperclassmen have found to be fun to go to. In terms of the surrounding neighborhood, there has been some tension between the local community and Mary Washington due to feelings of invasion with the growing number of college students, but overall, the locals tend to be friendly.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Fredericksburg claims to be one of the most haunted places in America. With a long history dating back to pre-Colonial times and a legacy of slavery and war, it is no wonder that so many unhappy phantoms wander the streets.
Notable Natives
  • John Maine - New York Mets pitcher
  • Danny McBride - actor ("Eastbound & Down")
  • Judge Reinhold - actor
Local Slang
  • Frednecks : "Rednecks" in Fredericksburg
  • NOVA: Northern Virginia
Points of Interest
  • Downtown Fredericksburg
  • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
  • James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
  • Rising Sun Tavern
Shopping Centers
Spotsylvania Mall
Movie Theaters
Marquee Cinemas
5800 Southpoint Blvd.
(540) 710-0401
Movie Theaters
Regal Fredericksburg 14
3301 Plank Road, Route 3W
(540) 786-7796
Major Sports Teams
  • Washington Capitals: NHL
  • Washington Nationals: MLB
  • Washington Redskins: NFL
  • Washington Wizards: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Richmond, Va.: : 1 hour
  • Washington D.C.: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 56 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 56 responses

  • 5% 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.
  • 45% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 9% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 7% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 56 responses

  • 12% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 32% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 55% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 56 responses

  • 16% Totally.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 34% No way.



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