Living in Lawrence
Lawrence boasts art galleries, museums, performance halls, global cuisine, lakes, trails, Division I athletics and proximity to Topeka and Kansas City. It's laid-back living in a cosmopolitan Midwest community. The University of Kansas lies at the center of the community and infuses an already vibrant city with vitality and diversity. Recently, the American Institute for Economic Research ranked Lawrence 8th on its list of the 75 best college towns.
Lawrence has been named one of the "100 Best Small Art Towns in America," and it doesn't take long to see why. Here you'll find art in restaurants, public buildings, galleries, museums and literally on street corners. The Lawrence Arts Center offers classes to the public in visual arts, theater, creative writing and more. The Lied Center hosts world-class performances, and the Spencer Museum of Art boasts a collection of more than 25,000 works.
The historic downtown is the center of social life in Lawrence. You can shop book peddlers, specialty merchants and clothing stores you'll only find here. Sample Greek, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Mexican, French, Indian and Cuban cuisine. Catch art-house films at Liberty Hall Cinema. Bob your head as regional and national acts take the stage at The Bottleneck and other music venues — or just wait for a street musician to tune up his saxophone. Study at a coffeehouse. Take a yoga class. Get a message. Learn to tango. It's all possible within a few blocks in the heart of the city.
Lawrence offers more than 50 miles of hiking and biking paths suitable for novice or experienced riders. The city maintains 52 parks where you can toss a frisbee, catch a concert or spread out a blanket and kick back. Lawrence also has several beautiful golf courses. Clinton Lake is just west of town, offering acres of recreational water, campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking and mountain biking trails and swimming beaches. And students get free access with a student ID to the 143,000-square-foot Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, a short walk from Green Hall.
The deep-rooted traditions of Kansas football and basketball provide exciting entertainment for sports fans. Many law students take a break from the daily rigors of their studies and head over to Allen Fieldhouse or Memorial Stadium to watch the Jayhawks in action. The Student Bar Association hosts tailgate parties on the hill before home football games. Discounted season tickets are available to all students.