Student Life

As a graduate student at the University of Arizona, you will undoubtedly spend much of your time completing reading assignments, writing lengthy papers, and conducting important research; however, you should have some fun along the way! Life as a graduate student in Tucson offers many opportunities for involvement, for both academic and personal development. 

The city of Tucson, Arizona, is not only home to a premier research institution, the University of Arizona, but it is also the astronomy center of the world, has been dubbed a “mini Mecca for the arts” by the Wall Street Journal, and is a perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts: Tucson is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and has a climate of 360 sunny days a year! Year-round outdoor recreation includes miles of hiking trails, swimming, ballooning, biking, and camping, as well as skiing in nearby mountains. 

Tucson is one of the fastest growing cities in the Sun Belt and a dynamic Southwestern community of more than 800,000 people. Nestled between four mountain ranges, 120 miles from Phoenix and 60 miles from the Mexican border, the city enjoys a rich cultural heritage and a wide variety of attractions. 

Downtown Tucson is just a short walk away from the University campus, and includes dozens of retail stores, restaurants, and coffee shops . The Rialto, Fox Theater, and Club Congress are all great venues constantly bringing music into the city. If your interests are more culinary, it’s important to note that Tucson is the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S.., and that the city boasts the Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food outside of Mexico!

Tucson supports cultural activities surprising for its size, offering frequent performances of the Arizona Opera Company, the Arizona Theater Company, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Ballet Arizona

On campus, there are plenty of clubs to choose from. Take a look at the Associated Students of the University of Arizona's list of clubs and intramurals here. You can also check out clubs associated with our programs specifically by clicking here

Campus Tours and Visitor Information

Complete listings of tours and visitor information can be found at: General information about the Tucson area is available at