Many years ago when the university first opened, students used to ride their horses to school and hitch them to the posts near the Main Building which is now called "Old Main". Old Main is located near the center of the campus. Note the blue emergency light in the right foreground of the picture. They have those spread throughout the campus so if there is a medical emergency or a student feels threatened they can push the button the light goes off and the Campus Police respond very quickly
Your first stop if you plan to visit the University of Arizona should be the Visitor's Center on the corner of University and Euclid. The friendly staff there will be happy to give you a brochure and a map and make recommendations to maximize your enjoyment of your visit. Parking is by meters so make sure you have quarters. 25 cents gets you 15 minutes. Visitor Center hours are 9AM to 5PM Monday through Friday. You will have to pay for parking; but it is not too expensive. The 2nd Street Garage is centrally located and costs no more than $7 for a full day. I think I paid $4 for about 3 hours.
The University has a wonderful neighborhood with artsy cafes, clubs, craft and clothing stores.
Enjoy coffee outdoors at one of the local cafes and talk with some of the locals. It's the best place to get information on where to visit in the city!
Outside Magazine included the UA in its 2003 Forty Best Colleges.
Kaplan, ranks UA’s Career Services among the best for its internship and employment opportunities.
The Arizona State Museum has displays on the seven or so regional native groups - from the Navajo to the O'odham. It is informative - and was useful for the rest of our trip to Arizona, when we visited quite a few historic native sites and remains.
The museum is on the grounds of the Arizona State Museum, so parking is a pain. We had to buy a chocolate bar to get the 8 quarters we needed to park at a meter for 2 hours. Entry to the museum is by donation, suggested donation was $3 each.
This is a free art exhibit attached to a university, yet this exhibit is quite extensive. There were works from the 1300s up to modern times. These included more than 50 Eurpean paintings from the Renaissance through the 17th century. Some of the more modern day artists were quite famous, such as Salvadore Dali, Auguste Rodin, Andrew Wyeth, Andy Whorhol, Jackson Polack (born in my home town of Cody, WY!), Zuniga, O’Keffe, and a wonderful exhibit of sculptures by Jacques Lipchitz. I especially enjoyed the Lipchitz sculptures, with a whole room, beautifully lit and laid out displaying “sketches”, which are actually small pre-sculptures or models, and studies done for final pieces of work. There were also a few finished pieces on display throughout the museum. I would allow at least 1 hour to view this free museum, and if you live art, it is well worth the time. From late August to Mid-May this museum is open Mon. to Friday 9 to 5, Sunday noon to 4. The rest of the year it is open Monday to Friday 9 to 3, Sunday Noon to 4. Closed major holidays.
If you like photography, The University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography is worth checking out.
There are exhibitions, they have a renowned print collection, an extensive library and printviewing. You need to schedule an appointment during afternoon printviewing hours, but you have intimate access to original prints.
University Boulevard is the main route to the campus. The first few blocks outside the campus house a series of restaurants and shops of interest to the college students.
Here you can see some Native American Carvings and Pottery. This museum has the largest collection os Southwest Native Armerican Pottery in the world.
Right next door to the Art Museum is the Center for Performing Arts where you can sometimes catch a show.