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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I really enjoy the atmosphere of Maryland. It is one of the things that drew me to the school in the first place. However, parking and cost of living on campus and in the surrounding area is kind of a drawback.

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2 College Freshman

Local Area: The parks can be gorgeous in spring. This place has virtually the worst amenities of any American city I've spent time in. Few shops that aren't burgers/pizza/etc. One board game place opened up which is alright. Zero cafes outside of the Starbucks - not the kind of place where you can converse with strangers. No music scene at all, though a few expensive jazz clubs in DC. The Farmer's Market has a little of what should be available year-round, and is ok. I don't think there is even a real bookstore in the entire city, outside the limited campus B&N. The only museums are the national ones in DC, and they rarely show anything recent and non-political. There are 3 independent movie theaters in neighboring cities, though they rarely have any special events. No DIY culture. Really, no culture outside of frat life. You need a car to get decent groceries. You need to go to a different city or use the internet to get almost any speciality item of any kind (clothes, art or construction supplies, film cameras, specialty ingredients, or... BOOKS, etc.). While most major American cities lack some of these, the DC/CP area lacks nearly all of them. Baltimore is a breath of fresh air when you can get there - I tend to save almost all of my shopping for weekends when I can visit.

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2 College Junior

Local Area: Don't like city of College Park because it is generally unsafe.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: The area surrounding UMD is less than desired. The traffic and parking makes it undesirable for graduates to go back and visit.

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1 College Junior

Local Area: The local area has very high crime and is notorious for being a low socio-economic, unsafe area. While Washington, D.C. and Baltimore are relatively close by, the surround city and neighborhoods have little variety and are very run down.

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One of Maryland’s best and worst attributes is its location. The campus is conveniently located between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, both of which are only a quick Metro train ride or car ride away. The city of College Park (CP) concerns students, and the students concern the residents of the town. As for CP’s offerings, there are restaurants and eateries galore, and there’s a Metro station that allows students to escape the monotony of the town. It’s not all that bad, though; some students are so fulfilled with campus, which acts as its own pseudo-city, that they rarely need to step off it.

College Park would be a great town if D.C. and Baltimore weren’t so close by and so easily accessible from campus because these two great cities make College Park seem like only a fair town. The business district seems to be flooded with places to eat, and while there are malls just minutes away, College Park is actually the perfect size for getting your hands on basic necessities and returning to campus quickly. Overall, the UMCP campus tends to be more enjoyable than the town of College Park—that’s for sure.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. College Park has its very own Metro station.
  2. The College Park Airport is the world's oldest continuously operated airport.
  3. There are only two cities in America called "College Park." The other one is in Georgia.
Local Slang
  • Terps: Terrapins
  • Y'all, Yous, Yuns: The plural of "you"
Points of Interest
  • College Park Airport and Aviation Museum
  • National Museum of Language
  • Paint Branch Golf Course
  • The Rossborough Inn
Shopping Centers
  • Beltway Plaza Mall
  • The Mall at Prince George's
Movie Theaters
Academy 8 Theaters
6198 Greenbelt Rd.
(301) 220-1155
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Center Park 8
4001 Powder Mill Rd.
(301) 937-9493
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Royale 14
6505 America Blvd.
(301) 864-3456
Major Sports Teams
  • Baltimore Orioles: MLB
  • Baltimore Ravens: NFL
  • D.C. United: MLS (soccer)
  • Washington Capitals: NHL
  • Washington Nationals: MLB
  • Washington Redskins: NFL
  • Washington Wizards: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Alexandria, Va.: : 45 minutes
  • Annapolis, Md.: : 30 minutes
  • Baltimore: : 40 minutes
  • Washington, D.C.: : 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 251 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 248 responses

  • 25% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 46% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 27% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 247 responses

  • 40% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 40% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 20% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 249 responses

  • 13% Totally.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 32% No way.



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