Living in Lawrence
KU is located in the vibrant, artistically-savvy city of Lawrence, a unique gathering of artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, and business owners, full of eclectic shops, lush green spaces, and cuisine begging to be discovered. Forbes recently ranked Lawrence the #5 Small Town for Business and Careers.
Less than 40 minutes from campus lies Topeka, Kansas’ capital city, and Kansas City, a cosmopolitan hub of shopping, entertainment, culture and thriving businesses.
Just a short walk down the Hill to experience the vibrant hub of culture and community in downtown Lawrence
KU Campus highlights
U.S. state: Kansas
City size: 34.26 mi2
Population: 118,100 (metropolitan area)
Demographics: Caucasian: 82.2%, Asian: 5%, African American: 4.6%, Native American: 2.4%
Average temperature: January: -0.6 °c, May: 16.7 °c, September: 20°c
Key industries: Education, Technology, and Bioscience
Lawrence comprises of eight distinct neighborhoods: Downtown Lawrence, Oread, East Lawrence, West Lawrence, North Lawrence, Western Lawrence, South Lawrence, and Central Lawrence which is where the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University are located. Each neighborhood has its own charm and unique vibe.
Downtown Lawrence: Historic District of Massachusetts (“Mass”) Street
Dusty bookstores, local coffee shops, and homemade ice cream stores make up this bustling street, with Neoclassical and Victorian architecture dating back to the 1800’s. Au Marche European Market allows students to order their favorite foods from home. On the last (final) Friday of every month, downtown Lawrence comes alive with exhibits, performances, and music for families and friends alike.
Alchemy Coffee and Bake HouseLawrence is the perfect place for a quiet afternoon of studying, or lively day with classmates. Alchemy Coffee and Bake House welcome readers and coffee connoisseurs alike to enjoy a hot or cold brew cup of coffee with friends.
Art in the ParkHosted by the Lawrence Art Guild, spring months bring this outdoor art festival of fine arts and crafts, food vendors, and live music to life.
The GranadaWidely known bands and others waiting to be discovered grace this local favorite with music and dancing. The Granada, a historic theatre and concert hall, offers national and international live music performances.
Liberty HallA historic theatre that is consists of a concert hall, video rental store, coffee house and independent cinema. Liberty Hall offers a variety of live events, named Lawrence's Best Concert Venue for three years in a row, and shows the latest first-run independent, foreign and art house films.
Each neighborhood has a distinctive style for you to explore. These are the most common for students to peruse.
East Lawrence is the ``artsy`` neighborhood with great historical charm. Refurbished homes dating back to the Civil War merge with old industrial buildings that are converted spaces for galleries, artists' studios and apartments. Be sure to check out this neighborhood for coffee houses, restaurants and gallery openings on Final Fridays.
Activities, activities, activities describe Western Lawrence. In this neighborhood, you will find Rock Chalk Park, Sports Pavilion Lawrence and Clinton Lake for fishing, swimming, hiking and campus.
North Lawrence is located along the Kansas River where you will see the KU rowing team practicing for an upcoming regatta and several runners utilizing the beautiful trails along the water. This neighborhood has a unique vibe all its own, with fun shops for antiques, one-of-a-kind items and furniture and some of the most iconic Lawrence bars in the city.
Ready to adventure beyond the KU campus?
It’s easy and convenient to roam the city, the country, and the world through Kansas’ airport and public transportation system.