Living in Tucson

Named one of the five top cities for millennials by Money magazine, Tucson provides many amenities of a large city but with a small town feel.

In addition, the University of Arizona was recently recognized by The Princeton Review in the 2017 edition of its "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck" annual issue—underscoring our commitment to educational value and post-college success.

Known also as "The Old Pueblo," Tucson became part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase from Mexico in 1854. Its heritage offers a rich mix of Native American, Hispanic and U.S. cultures. The city — whose metropolitan population is about 1 million — lies in the Sonoran Desert between five mountain ranges, the Tucson, Catalina, Rincon, Santa Rita and Tortolita Mountains.

While winter snows and skiing can be found a 45-minute drive up to Mount Lemmon, the desert floor offers a year-round temperate climate with multiple opportunities to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Its proximity to wilderness areas, national forests, parks — including the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and Saguaro National Parks — and other natural and historic sites of the Old West make day or weekend trips an opportunity for adventure for all.

Less than two hours in the car can take you from Tucson to Phoenix (the sixth largest U.S. city),  Nogales (in Sonora, Mexico), or Tombstone, AZ—the town too tough to die and home of the infamous OK Corral. A four-hour drive will get you to Flagstaff or Sedona, Ariz., Las Cruces, N.M., or the beaches of Puerto Peñasco (aka Rocky Point), Mexico. And in about six hours driving, you can be in San Diego, El Paso, Albuquerque or the Grand Canyon.

You can also just stay home and enjoy the many festivals, concerts, fine dining, night life and entertainment, and other activities such as cycling, mountain biking, hiking, birding and more…

Sites to See

A few websites to visit for activities near the university and downtown include Main Gate Square, the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, Downtown Tucson Partnership and Mercado San Agustin public market — all of which can be traversed via the new Sun Link Tucson streetcar system. A free monthly festival is hosted also by 2nd Saturdays Downtown and, twice a year, the Fourth Avenue merchants host street fairs and “Club Crawl” events.

For arts and entertainment events sponsored by the University of Arizona, visit UA Presents — which brings nationally and internationally-renowned dance, classical, jazz, pop, theater and spoken word artists to campus.

To learn more about things to do in the region, go to www.visittucson.org. For additional information, see the websites for the City of Tucson, Pima County or the Pima Association of Governments.

You can also find other valuable information at the University of Arizona's "Why UA?" webpageUA College of Medicine’s "Prospective Faculty" webpage and at the "Life in Tucson" webpage of the UA Department of Medicine’s Internal Medicine Residency Programs.

    

Nearby Attractions

     

Annual Events

Here are a few activities to enjoy throughout the year:

 

Other Sites & Things to Do