Life at UNL

Lincoln, Nebraska had the highest Well-Being Index score in 2012 (Read more.), and once you’re on campus it’s easy to see why. Students have great options for housing, transportation, and activities to keep them busy – all on a budget thanks to Lincoln’s low cost of living!

Housing

Students relocating to Lincoln have housing options both on and off-campus. On-campus housing is available in both residence halls and family housing through University Housing. Three traditional residence halls – Husker, Fedde, and Selleck – have space reserved for graduate students and are located on or near campus. Family Housing has 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments available for married couples and parents who are full-time students.

Most graduate students choose to live off-campus. There are many rental options available near East Campus, and just a short drive away. Some online resources for finding rentals in Lincoln are:

  • Renting: Most Lincoln rental companies post video tours of available apartments on this site.
  • Lincoln Journal Star: Lincoln’s local newspaper provides online classifieds for apartments, duplexes, homes, and rooms available for both sale and rent.
  • Craigslist: Craigslist is another popular online resource for off-campus housing.
  • UNL Graduate Student Association on Facebook: If you’re looking for a roommate, the UNL GSA’s Facebook page is a good place to start (and to learn about University-wide GSA events)!

Local Activities

Lincoln has lots of activities, when you’re ready to take a study break!

Transportation

Lincoln has several transportation options for students without a car.

  • StarTran Bus Service: All UNL students receive a complementary bus pass, which can be used for unlimited rides on campus and city buses. Most neighborhoods in Lincoln have hourly bus service, and several of the routes conveniently go right along East Campus. Lincoln’s local shopping districts such as Gateway Mall and Southpointe are also accessible by bus. Learn more.
  • Bike trails: Most of Lincoln is connected by bike trails. Lincolnites are passionate about their bikes, and many students and professors take the bike trail to school each day. Trails are well-maintained and a great option for both travel and exercise! Learn more.

Students with a car can find street parking near East Campus, and may also purchase a parking pass from UNL Parking Services.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Lincoln makes it an ideal place for graduate students. Ranked #4 as the “Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes, Lincoln’s cost of living is 10.2% below the national average.