Each year, we attract a geographically diverse group of attorneys to study with us in Fayetteville. Many have never been to Arkansas before. For example, the class of 2014 includes Lauren Bernadett, a recent graduate of UCLA Law School. Lauren moved here from Los Angeles, California. We asked her to blog about what it’s like to move from LA to Northwest Arkansas. Read her post, A Californian’s Perspective on Fayetteville, Arkansas →
The University of Arkansas has an off-campus housing department with resources that allow you to search for housing, compare prices, proximity to campus, and help finding used furniture. You can also find information on roommates, utilities, landlord contracts, etc… In order to use the site you will first need to sign up for a guest account.
The School of Law is located on the north side of campus, as shown on the UA Campus map.
There are a lot of apartment options and a fair number of houses and duplexes. If you plan to drive, keep in mind that typically, the further you are from campus, the less expensive the housing becomes. There can be, however, difficulties associated with parking on campus. See Transportation, below.
If you are planning to fly into Arkansas, please note that our closest airport is the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport located in Bentonville, Arkansas, about 30 miles north of Fayetteville. They also have links to shuttles, taxi information, and bus routes under the "travel planning" link.
The UA bus line is good, and it is free .
Parking on campus can be difficult unless you buy a permit. You can find information on permit costs at the UA Parking website.
If you plan to be on foot or bike, Fayetteville has a large number of beautifully maintained walking/biking trails. The city of Fayetteville parks and recreation department has a nice listing of the trails with a great interactive map. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but as you start to identify housing, you will find that most housing sites will mention which trails are accessed nearest to the property, and then you can use the interactive map to see how long of a walk/bike ride it would be for you.
The Northwest Arkansas Local Food Guide is a great resource for restaurants, farmers markets, CSA’s, and farms that support and utilize local food. The farmers market in Fayetteville should be on your must-do list.
On campus, there are ao many food options, all of which are outlined on the dining services website which lists all of our eateries and includes a pricing guide. The School of Law is very close to the Student Union building, which houses a number of options. Arsaga’s Espresso Cafe, which serves drinks, pastries, and sandwiches, is located in The Young Law Library within the School of Law.
Arkansas is the “Natural State,” so campers, hikers, kayakers, and nature enthusiasts will find an abundance of things to do. Some highlights include Devils Den State Park, Big Bluff/Goat Trail in Ponca, and Mount Magazine. You can find a good listing of state parks the State of Arkansas’ state parks website. If you do one outdoor excursion, make it a float trip down a portion of the Buffalo National River. You will not be disappointed! The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is small, but has a nice garden and is home to the Fayetteville Farmers Market on Sundays. Wilson Park is one of the more popular parks and has a pool, a walking path, tennis courts, basketball courts and a sand volleyball court, and it is within walking distance of the School of Law.