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Welcome to Lexington!

When anyone hears the word ‘Kentucky’, they generally think of one thing: horses. This is no surprise, since thousands of people head to the racetrack every year when Keeneland is in session. However when it isn’t in session, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the outdoors, such as taking a hike at Red River Gorge, playing Frisbee golf at Jacobson Park or making a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park.

Aside from its stunning scenery, Lexington is a bustling city full of unique eateries, shops and venues, as well as numerous opportunities for housing and employment. No one understands these benefits more than student residents of the city, who have learned to use the area’s resources to their full advantage.


For entertainment purposes, Lexington has a lot to offer. The city’s own Rupp Arena is famous not only as the home of UK’s famous men’s basketball team, but to a variety of concerts, family shows, motor sport events and trade shows throughout the year. Those seeking live entertainment of an independent nature can attend concerts at The Dame, a popular club on Main Street, and those looking for a laugh can head down to the infamous Comedy Off Broadway at Lexington Green — named the number one comedy club in our region of the U.S.

For artsy souls, Lexington is truly a cultural hub of distinctive expression. Art galleries like Cerlan Gallery, Artique and the Ann Tower Gallery are popular weekend spots. Friday nights find people browsing the galleries during Gallery Hop or enjoying Fourth Fridays at the Lexington Art League.



UK’s campus offers seven main dining facilities, but the city has several locally-owned restaurants and coffee bars with a variety of unique dishes and drinks. Tolly-Ho on South Limestone has become a university tradition, while neighboring Pazzo’s, Mad Mushroom and Mellow Mushroom serve deliciously original pizzas. Common Grounds Coffee House on East High Street is filled with sweet aromas and live music from local musicians, while Third Street Stuff is both a funky accessories store and a coffee shop.

Finer dining can be found all around town, but in the "town-gown" area close to campus, you will find Italian fare at Portofino and Rossi's, international dishes at Natasha's Bistro, continental cuisine at Jonathan at Gratz Park, and many more.


The Lexington Herald-Leader is a good source to find community activities. Whether you're looking for non-profit involvement, activities for children, or sporting events, Lexington always has something going on.

At UK, students have a chance to participate in over 200 organizations and clubs. This allows them to connect with others who have similar interests and goals. Additionally, the college hosts 15 sororities, 26 fraternities and two independent, student-led radio stations, 88.1 FM WRFL and 91.3 FM WUKY. Students interested in journalism are encouraged to write for the school’s daily newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.

Housing and Employment

Because of Lexington's active preservation of its surrounding rural landscape, housing for new residents close to UK is plentiful, whether you're looking to buy a house or find an apartment. Many faculty and staff live in the neighborhoods just east of campus, while new condos and loft apartments are being built in the "town-gown" area close to downtown. In addition, UK and the city of Lexington have an incentive program to encourage home ownership in that area -- Live Where You Work.

Quite a few options exist for student housing and employment. Twenty-three dorms and numerous close off-campus apartments are available at affordable prices for students. The city also offers students the opportunity to earn money through jobs in areas such as retail, food services or banking.

Lexington is a wonderful area full of exciting people, food, events and culture. Experience everything the city has in store — whether you're visiting, or you choose to stay!

Lexington skyline

Lexington is full of things to do and see, as well as places to eat and relax. Visit the Lexington Visitor and Convention Bureau here to get some great ideas — whether you're coming to stay or just to visit.