Living in Tucson

Living in Tucson

Also known as “The Old Pueblo”, Tucson has a metro population near one million and lies in the Sonoran Desert between four mountain ranges, the: Catalina, Rincon, Santa Rita and Tortolita Mountains. The University of Arizona is ​located in the heart of Tucson. Tucson is known for its amazing hiking trails, biking trails and college town feel. You'll never have to shovel snow here, with 365 days of sunshine.  

Sites to See


A few sites 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 by 2nd Saturdays Downtown; 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, or enjoy events such as concerts at The Rialto Theater and art exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art or at the UA Museum of Art. Tucson is also home to the world-renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum and aquarium.

For those that love competitive sports, a University of Arizona sports game is just for you! With a handful of nationally ranked sports teams, there is always a good game to see. The Tucson Roadrunners are the AHL-affiliate for the NHL's Arizona Coyotes. FC Tucson is the PDL Soccer team that plays in Tucson; they won the 2016 Western Conference.

Tucson is also home to some of the best biking and hiking trails in Arizona. Tucson hosts the Tour de Tucson, the largest perimeter bicycling event in the U.S., attracting over 9,000 cyclists from throughout the United States and beyond! The ​mountain ranges in Tucson provide for hundreds of miles of scenic hiking and biking trails to people of all skill levels. 

Tucson School Districts

Tucson has a wide range of public, private and charter schools.
Tucson Unified School District
Catalina Foothills School District
Flowing Wells Unified School District
Amphitheater Public Schools
Marana Unified School District
Private School Review

Weekend Getaways

Mt Lemmon, Coronado National Forest – Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley (Yes there’s skiing in Tucson!)
Phoenix, AZ – Catch a Diamondbacks, Suns or Coyotes game for the evening or weekend.
Rocky Point, Mexico – Cross the Mexican border to visit the closest beach to Tucson.
Grand Canyon National Park – A must see for anyone that comes to Arizona!
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