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3 College Junior

Local Area: Right in Biddeford there is not a lot to do. Portland is great for the weekends though, with lots of things to do. Kennebunkport is adorable and fun to drive to and walk around.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I love Biddeford, it has a lot of little shops and eateries and it's only 15-20 minutes away from Portland and similar places.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: University of New England around campus is really nice and safe, but in town can seem a little skechy in one certain area, but where the store are and restaurants are is safe. There are a lot of amenities! The local attitude toward students is amazing and you are not treated any differently because you are a student. They also have local town police and fire station.

3 College Student

Local Area: Biddeford does not have a lot going on. Most kids, if they are leaving on the weekends, would go to Portland for activities and nightlife. As for safety, there are some very questionable areas/people in the Biddeford area, however, where UNE is located, it is rather safe and the security at school is very watchful.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's Maine....during the fall winter and spring months it will be quiet because it is cold.


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Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 46 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 48 responses

  • 6% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 10% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 44% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 17% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 23% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 47 responses

  • 30% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 30% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 40% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 47 responses

  • 19% Totally.
  • 49% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 32% No way.
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