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5 College Junior

Local Area: The best local town to live in! I love wilmington

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: There isn't much to do besides the shopping, dining, and dancing downtown and going to the beach. The campus is close by a number of shopping strips however for convenience.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Wilmington is a beautiful city but I don't know if I could live here forever.

3 College Junior

Local Area: You will always find something to do in the city of wilmington most fridays are spent at the ice house watching our Ice hockey team!

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: One of the main reasons I chose to come to UNCW is it's Local Atmosphere. The biggest perk is being so close to the beach. Wrightsville Beach is only a 10 minute drive and several other beaches are close as well. Downtown Wilmington is also really cool. It is a beautiful historic district by the Cape Fear River with a lot going on as far as nightlife and the occasional event or festival on the weekends. The school is in a pretty safe area. There is plenty of shopping around campus and downtown. Wilmington is very much a college town so there is a generally positive attitude toward students. The only problem with the area is that the traffic on College Road and surrounding roads is TERRIBLE. Other than that Wilmington is the perfect place to live and learn!


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The atmosphere of Wilmington definitely fits the expectations a beach/port city might have. The city is very accommodating of students and the need for it to be somewhat of a college town with good nightlife, great restaurants and dining, a variety of shopping options, and of course, the beach is only seven miles away from campus! Student discounts, Seahawk pride, and student fun can be seen throughout the city. Frequent festivals, events, concerts, and entertainment features are brought to Wilmington, though not as many big-name events come local.

The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh, is only two hours away; however, straight down Interstate 40, so many bigger events are still readily accessible. Students do tend to spend a lot of time on campus because of classes, large involvement with student organizations and clubs, sports, and the fact that UNCW has provided any off-campus needs conveniently on campus. On weekends, more students venture off campus to take advantage of the nearby attractions and great Wilmington elements. Wilmington offers diversity in regards to its atmosphere and in a little bit of everything. Whether it's quaint downtown during the day or trendy downtown at night, fun beach days or casual beach nights, students' friends and families are going to be begging to come spend time in Wilmington and at UNCW.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Wilmington is nicknamed "the Port City."
  2. Covering more than 230 blocks, Downtown Wilmington’s National Register Historic District is one of the state's largest.
  3. The city is home to the World War II Battleship USS North Carolina.
  4. The naval bombardment of Fort Fisher was the largest in the Civil War.
  5. Wilmington was the last major Southern port to fall during the Civil War, therefore acquiring its nickname, “Lifeline of the Confederacy.”
  6. The Wilmington Star News (1867) is the oldest continuous daily newspaper in the state.
  7. Wilmington is the home of the nationally recognized North Carolina Azalea Festival.
Notable Natives
  • David Brinkley – American newscaster
  • Charlie Daniels – country music legend
  • Ed Hinton – actor
  • Michael Jordan – basketball player, entrepreneur
  • Sugar Ray Leonard – boxer
Points of Interest
  • Airlie Gardens
  • Downtown Wilmington
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  • USS North Carolina Battleship
  • Wrightsville, Carolina, and Kure beaches
Shopping Centers
  • Independence Mall
  • Lumina Station
  • Mayfaire Town Center
  • University Centre
  • Walmart and Target near Market Street and New Centre Drive
Movie Theaters
Carmike Cinema 16
111 Cinema Drive
(910) 815-0266
Movie Theaters
Regal Mayfaire Stadium 16
900 Town Center Drive
(910) 256-1857
Major Sports Teams
  • Wilmington Hammerheads: Professional soccer team
  • Wilmington Sea Dawgs: Premier Basketball League, Continental Basketball League
  • Wilmington Sharks: Coastal Plain League (baseball)
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Myrtle Beach, S.C.: : 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Raleigh, N.C.: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
A lot of filming goes on in the Wilmington area because it's home to EUE/Screen Gems Studios. "One Tree Hill," "Ironman 3," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" are just a few of the big-name productions filmed in Wilmington. Students can offer up their time and experience what it's like to be an extra if they want to!

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 62 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 62 responses

  • 18% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 61% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 15% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% 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 62 responses

  • 37% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 18% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 45% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 61 responses

  • 46% Totally.
  • 48% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 7% No way.



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