Lincoln & Safety

Lincoln & Safety

Lincoln is one of the safest and fastest-growing Midwest cities—combining the perks of a big city with the comfort of a small town. Living on campus, you'll never be more than a few blocks from the action.

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Lincoln Fast Facts

  • Population: 300,000
  • Capital of Nebraska
  • One of the largest cities in Big Ten Conference
  • Lincoln First in Quality of Life: A State University of New York study rated Lincoln first in quality of life among the 100 largest U.S. cities
  • 125 parks (6,000 acres—most in U.S. per capita)
  • 5 minutes from Lincoln Airport and 55 minutes from Omaha Airport
  • Easy access to Interstate 80
  • Over 130 miles of hiking and biking trails

Lincoln Rankings

  • Top 10 city for college graduates
    - LIVABILITY.COM
  • #2 Best Run State in the Nation
    - 24/7 WALL STREET
  • #8 Happiest States
    - GALLUP
  • #18 Best City to Find a Job in 2016
    - WALLETHUB.COM
  • #9 Friendliest State in the Nation
    - THUMBTACK.COM AND KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is located next to downtown Lincoln within walking distance of hundreds of restaurants and entertainment venues in the Haymarket and Railyard districts.

The newly-built Pinnacle Bank arena close to campus hosts a variety of world-class performers and sporting events year-round. Past acts included P!nk, Jay Z, Sir Paul McCartney and Cirque du Soleil. The Railyard area around the arena boasts a number of restaurants, coffee houses and boutiques. Due to its diverse employment opportunities and a low cost of living, Lincoln is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest. It's also within easy traveling distance to larger cities such as Omaha, Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver.

Lincoln is a buzzing college town with something for everyone. Lincoln is home to more than 300,000 people and was ranked the "5th Safest American City" by Forbes. Add to that Lincoln's exciting arts and entertainment scene, new business and technology firms, internship opportunities and hardworking people within a community of scenic parks and bike trails, you'll discover why Lincoln inspires and supports success.


There's lots to do in Lincoln

  • Pinnacle Bank Arena
    Not just for basketball games, but for world-class acts such as Katy Perry, Jay Z, Florida Georgia Line and Paul McCartney.
  • NEBRASKA BASKETBALL
    Led by Tim Miles, Husker Basketball is on its way up in the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
  • NEBRASKA Innovation Campus
    The NEBRASKA Innovation Campus combines the research capabilities of the university and private companies, opening exciting new doors.
  • Renovated Rec Centers
    Thanks to the Yes 2 Better Recs campaign, UNL rec centers have undergone an overhaul and are now better than ever.
  • Outdoor Adventures Center
    All the rock-climbing you want, a bike rental and repair shop, adventure trips, and classes in anything outdoorsy.
  • Sheldon Museum of Art
    A prominent collection of over 12,000 works of American art, including a sculpture garden, right on campus.
  • The Lied Center for Performing Arts
    A historic concert hall on city campus that's hosted big names such as the Blue Man Group, Yo Yo Ma, OK Go, and many others.
  • The University of Nebraska State Museum
    The Nebraska State Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate that hosts a vast collection of artifacts. Just look for the giant woolly mammoth on campus.
  • UPC Events
    The University Program Council puts on exciting events for students year-round.
  • Homecoming Concert
    Every year, a new big artist is brought to Lincoln to celebrate homecoming with UNL students. In 2014, it was Dustin Lynch. Who do you think it'll be this year?
  • Lincoln Marathon
    Every year, thousands of runners gather to run a full or half marathon finishing in Memorial Stadium.
  • Historic Haymarket
    Check out the historic Haymarket district and enjoy the local shops and restaurants.
  • Local Art
    With galleries, sculptures, and statues all over town, the arts scene in Lincoln is thriving.
  • Local Music
    The local music scene is booming in Lincoln thanks to 90.3 KRNU student radio and local venues such as Duffy's, The Bourbon, and Vega.
  • First Fridays Artwalks
    The first Friday of every month is host to many events put on by local groups and businesses all around downtown.
  • Lincoln Calling
    A local music festival that celebrates Nebraska music and brings big names to Lincoln.
  • Jazz in June
    A jazz festival put on every year by the Sheldon Art Association.
  • Local Restaurants
    There are tons of great restaurants just a short walk from campus.
  • Dairy Store
    The Dairy Store on East Campus has been making the best ice cream around since 1917.
  • Football Gameday
    There's no place like Nebraska. Gameday in Lincoln is something everyone should experience once in their life.
  • Volleyball Games
    One of the most storied women's programs in the country, Husker Volleyball is a force to be reckoned with.
  • Sunken Gardens
    Voted one of the "300 Best Gardens in the United States", the Sunken Gardens are real treat in the spring or summer.
  • State Capitol Building
    Towering over downtown Lincoln, the beautiful capitol building is a must-see.
  • Pioneers Park and Nature Center
    Home to 668 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands and wetlands.
  • Pinewood Bowl Theater
    Lincoln's outdoor concert venue that has hosted acts like Mumford & Sons, Boston and Sara Bareilles.
  • Farmer's Market
    Located in the Haymarket, the farmer's market has fresh produce, music, art, and homemade crafts.
  • The Railyard
    A new shopping and eating district popping up around the Arena. In the winter months it's home to an outdoor ice rink.
  • 77 Miles of Trails
    Perfect for running, biking or maybe just a leisurely stroll.
  • State Games of America
    Originally the Cornhusker State Games, this sporting festival hosts the best amateur competitions in Nebraska.
  • Frisbee Golf at Roper Park
    If you're into Frisbee golf, there is a great course at Roper Park.
  • Student Organizations
    There are more than 500 student organizations for you to get involved with. Getting involved is the best way to make the most of your time as a student.
  • ASUN
    The Association of Students of the University of Nebraska is the student body government and a great way to get involved.
  • The Big Event
    A huge day of service and volunteering put on by student, faculty and staff designed to give back to the Lincoln community.
  • Intramural Sports
    Sign up for some friendly competition among fellow students. There are tons of different sports to participate in.
  • Dance Marathon
    A student organization that raises money each year for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through one long dance-a-thon.
  • Adventure Trips
    Sign up for guided adventure trips all over the country led by UNL students and staff at the Outdoor Adventures Center.

Lincoln is a Safe City

UNL was 1 of just 45 colleges and universities given an "A" grade for safety by Reader's Digest magazine.

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Lincoln & Campus are Safe

Student safety is one of our top priorities. Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, the University of Nebraska sits in one of the safest communities in the United States.

Police

The university has its own police force on-call 24 hours per day. Blue safety lights offer students an emergency call box with immediate police, fire, and ambulance response throughout campus.

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Alerts

Students can also sign up for email and text message alerts that will send alerts in emergency situations and inclement weather.

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Health Center

UNL has its own student health center and is also located 3 kilometers from a full service hospital to serve all medical needs.

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Housing &
Learning Communities

Most freshmen must live on campus, but it's honestly a pretty exciting experience. See which one of our 17 unique residence halls fits you best.

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Live, learn, and connect with other students by joining a learning community. It's an easy way to make friends and take your studies to the next level.

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Transportation

Bike

Lincoln is Bike-Friendly

Bicycles are a popular means of travel around campus and Lincoln. Racks are available across campus to secure bikes. The City of Lincoln recently installed protected bike lanes throughout downtown and around campus.

Bike Rental

Lincoln's extensive trails system has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. More than 130 miles of trails are available for walking, hiking, biking and running.

Bike Lincoln

Bus

Free Bus Passes for Students

Transportation in Lincoln and around campus is easy with our public bus network. As a student, you'll be able to get a free bus pass with your UNL ID.

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Regional Bus Service

Car

Cars for Rent

UNL has partnered with Zipcar to make cars available on campus for students to rent by the hour or day. All students age 18+ are welcomed, including drivers with international licenses.

Zipcar

In addition, car rental companies are located at the Lincoln Municipal Airport.

Car Rental

Planes & Trains

Here & There

Airports in Lincoln and Omaha make arrivals and departures easy.

If you'd like to travel around the U.S., Lincoln features commercial bus, train and air services.

Lincoln Airport

Eppley Airfield Omaha

Regional Train Service

Campus Recreation

Staying active is easy at NEBRASKA. Campus Recreation at UNL offers indoor and outdoor activities and even day trip adventures around Nebraska and to other states.

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