For a city of its size, Greenville has much to offer. There is an array of restaurants and interesting cultural activities. The city is also on the national tour of many Broadway shows and has several excellent music venues. Although Greenville does not have a college-town atmosphere, students don't really seem to mind. The friendly Southern tone makes the town an inviting place to live. Of course, with Southern hospitality comes Southern conservatism. While this is a draw for some students, others find it hard to digest the Bible-belt mentality. But Greenville residents are not all Bible-thumping conservatives. The city has a wide variety of cultural and ideological diversity.
Coming from a major city to Greenville may be a bit of a shock, but students soon discover that there is much more than first meets the eye. The biggest downside to Greenville is that it is so spread out. However, downtown is the center of cultural activity. There are theaters, museums, galleries, upscale restaurants, and retail shops. Although many students find it difficult to venture out of the Furman bubble during their freshman year, as soon as they immerse themselves in the downtown atmosphere, they will wish they had done it sooner.