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5 College Junior

Local Area: Lawrence is really the perfect college town. Probably the best in the country. It's not too big and not too small. Traffic is not bad, there is always something to do, the scenery is beautiful, the downtown is beautiful, there are nice parks, the area is safe. It's only about 35 minutes away from Kansas City. There is also such a strong sense of community in Lawrence, the locals are really friendly and there are people of every age group so it definitely isn't just a college town. I would definitely live here after college.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: It's a great town but somewhat small and far away from any big cities.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: I like to order out

3 College Freshman

Local Area: There are a little shopping places and have been some safety scares in the past

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Mass St is awesome. Nice area to be in.


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Students appreciate the unique experience that comes with living in Lawrence. It’s definitely a college town but also has much more to offer. It’s close to Kansas City, providing a nearby big city option if Lawrence starts to feel too small. Lawrencians are very proud of the locally owned shops and restaurants on Massachusetts Street downtown. Lawrence is different from other cities in Kansas because of its more liberal, free-spirited feel.

While college students are a big part of Lawrence, family life is visible, as well. Lawrence has been a strong city since before the Civil War, so it has deep roots that attract more than just youthful students. Its history can be seen in the old-fashioned shops and buildings, but there is also a mix of more modern stores like the Gap and American Eagle. It has recently become a trend for retirees to return to their beloved college town to spend their retirement in its relaxed atmosphere. Students often say life in Lawrence is a part of what makes their experience at KU great.


Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Lawrence streets are named after the states in the order they came into the Union.
  2. Both the Oregon and Santa Fe trails run through parts of both Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas.
  3. Lawrence was founded in 1854 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society in an effort to keep the territory free from slavery.
  4. It is said that Lawrence is one of the few cities in the U.S. founded strictly for political reasons.
  5. Sister cities include Hiratsuka, Japan and Eutin, Germany.
Notable Natives
  • William S. Burroughs - beat-writer and artist
  • Langston Hughes - poet
Points of Interest
  • The Country Club Plaza
  • Natural History Museum
  • Oceans of Fun
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Worlds of Fun Amusement Park
Shopping Centers
  • The Country Club Plaza
  • Legends at Village West
  • Oak Park Mall
Movie Theaters
Liberty Hall
644 Massachusetts St.
(785) 749-1972
Movie Theaters
South Wind 12
3433 Iowa St.
(785) 832-0880
Major Sports Teams
  • Kansas City Chiefs: football
  • Kansas City Explorers: tennis
  • Kansas City T-Bones: minor league baseball
  • Kansas City Wizards: soccer
  • Kansas Royals: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Kansas City: KS: 1 hour
  • Topeka: KS: 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 133 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 133 responses

  • 16% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 75% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% 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 132 responses

  • 45% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 17% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 132 responses

  • 30% Totally.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% No way.



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