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.