Local Atmosphere

Lexington, KY
Tuition (in-state)
$19,864 ($9,676)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Mostly friendly people, nice mall nearby. UK basketball is huge everywhere around town.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's not much to do and down town is getting dangerous.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot of things to do. There are two major shopping centers in town. A lot of the community works at UK so they don't mind students.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love Lexington. Lexington is part of UK's identity. And UK is part of Lexington's identity. We all cheer on the Wildcats. It's a pretty little city, easy to get around, lots of things to do.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lexington is a boring city, being one of the largest cities in the United States not located upon a body of water. "Horse Capital of the World" is a lackadaisical moniker for those not interested in the equine business.


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Rachel Schilling
Cold Spring, KY
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Lexington is a town rich in the history of horse racing and the Old South. Many historic homes and tourism opportunities present great weekend trips out into the country. Horse races allow for a reason to get dressed-up and spend a day at the track. As home to several other universities, Lexington also provides various other colleges for students to mingle with. Lexington is a fairly traditional city with down-home values and the mentality of a much smaller town.

Possibly the best part of Lexington is that it is so close to Cincinnati, Louisville, and several state parks. Students get the best of both worlds-city living and enough outdoor adventures allow students to get away from the exhaust of cars and stress of schoolwork. If you choose to stay in town on the weekends, prepare to be alone as many students live close enough to the University to go home every weekend. Most are friendly enough, though, that they might just offer to take you home to meet their family. How's that for Southern hospitality?

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Red River Gorge in Natural Bridge State Park is an hour drive from campus and offers lush wildlife, hiking trails, and camping.
  2. On Saturday mornings during warmer months, the farmer's market in downtown Lexington is open. Fresh flowers, produce, bread, and crafts are available from local farmers.
  3. The Red Mile Harness Track is the oldest track in the area. Here you can see trotters and pacers compete.
  4. Bourbon is only manufactured in Kentucky. The Woodford Reserve Distillery is a short drive from campus and may be toured.
  5. The Kentucky Horse Park is home to over 40 breeds of horses.
Notable Natives
  • Ashley Judd - actress
  • Story Musgrave - astronaut
  • Mitch McConnell - U.S. senator
  • Tom Jefferson Terral - governor of Arkansas
Local Slang
  • Blueheart: A true Kentucky fan (as in, they bleed blue)
  • Figure: Calculate, plan on; for example, "I figure we'll go swimming after lunch."
  • Fixin': Preparing to do something; for example, "I'm fixin' to leave for the game."
  • Lex: Lexington's nickname (aka Sexy Lexy and Lex Vegas)
  • Transy: Transylvania, a nearby school
  • Ya'll: You all
Points of Interest
  • The Arboretum
  • The Henry Clay Estate
  • Keeneland Race Course
  • The Kentucky Horse Park
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • Saddle-bred Museum
  • Shakervillage of Pleasant Hill
  • Victorian Square
Shopping Centers
  • Fayette Mall
  • Hamburg Pavillion
  • Lexington Green Mall
Movie Theaters
Hamburg Pavillion 16
1949 Star Shoot Pkwy.
(859) 264-7469
Movie Theaters
The Kentucky Theater
214 E. Main St.
(859) 231-6997
Major Sports Teams
  • Lexington Horsemen: arena football
  • Lexington Legends: minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cincinnati: OH: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Louisville: KY: 1 hour
Did You Know?
  • Lexington is known for its "bluegrass," which thrives on the limestone beneath the soil; hence the state slogan, "The Bluegrass State."
  • As you walk through campus, enjoy the friendly atmosphere and feel free to smile and say hello to complete strangers. This is generally typical behavior at UK.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 120 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 118 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 14% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 45% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 39% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 118 responses

  • 2% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 48% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 50% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 117 responses

  • 19% No way.
  • 40% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 41% Totally.



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