The University of Arizona is a public research university located in Tucson, Arizona in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Close to 33,000 undergraduates call the 380 acres home, proud to be part of the Wildcat family. The heart of campus is Old Main, UA’s oldest building, on the National Register of Historic Places, where classes began back in 1891. The University of Arizona is recognized for its quality programs in engineering, medicine, and education.
Stay: Located adjacent to campus book a room at The Aloft Tucson University. The Tucson University Park Hotel (formerly the Marriott) is within walking distance. One mile from UA, check into the Best Western Royal Sun Inn. For a special stay, reserve one of the casita-style rooms at the historic and charming Arizona Inn, close to the university.
Coffee: Cartel Coffee, founded by a Tucson native, now has six locations across Arizona, known for excellent crafted coffee. Cartel roasts their coffee in house and has established a huge fan base in Arizona. The Campbell Avenue branch caters to students from AU. On campus you can get a caffeine fix at Starbucks, Espresso Art Café or Caffe Luce.
Breakfast: Rushing for the tour grab a bagel at Einstein Bros Bagels in the Student Union. The Welcome Diner replaced beloved institution Chaffins in 2015, and has quickly become a new local favorite serving comfort diner food with Southwestern and Cajun-Creole influences. The University crowd heads to The B Line for homemade pancakes, granola and breakfast burritos. (Later in the day students say come for fish tacos, tortilla soup or veggie burritos.)
Lunch: For a quick meal after your visit and to see students in action head to the Student Union for fresh wraps from IQ Fresh or Mexican fare at Sabor. Other student favorites at the Union include: Cactus Grill, On Deck Deli or Chick-fil-A. Off campus students love to get their fix of pizza, salads and pasta at Sauce. Go hungry to Sushi Garden, where it’s all you can eat sushi for $22 or enjoy the Japanese buffet for $10. With over 20 different flavors to choose from unwrap gourmet tamales at Tucson Tamale Company—highly recommended.
Casual: You have to try a Sonoran hot dog, the local food craze, when you’re in town and one of the best is at BK Tacos, also known for their carne asada. Wilko is a gastropub with an eclectic menu, just steps from campus. Head to Brother John’s Beer, Bourbon and BBQ for killer brisket served in a large industrial cool space. Mexican food reigns in Tucson, the border is just 60 miles south, and nowhere is more talked about than El Charro Café, a Tucson institution, serving Mexican fare in a charming old house. El Charro is the oldest family owned restaurant in the United States--try the carne seca or their famous chimichangas. (They just opened a Mexican-inspired steakhouse in downtown and early reviews are strong). Another local favorite Cafe Poca Cosa is a hip Mexican bistro. For street style tacos and elevated Mexican bites everyone talks about Blanco Tacos and Tequila.
A Step Up: Downtown Kitchen showcases dishes with a global influence from a James Beard award-winning chef in a fun, lively atmosphere Maynards Market and Kitchen is a gourmet shop by day with a take away counter, casual eatery and bar that serves dinner at night all in a historic railway depot downtown. Embrace the cowboy in you at Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse and Saloon, serving Tucson steaks , ribs and burgers for over 50 years.
Local Attractions: Experience the culture of the American Southwest at the Arizona State Museum, the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the region. View American and European fine art at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. The UA campus is considered an Arboretum with a unique collection of shrubs, trees, and plants including examples from arid and semi-arid climates around the world. Download a self-guided or mobile tour before your arrival. Photography fans make time for a visit to the Center for Creative Photography, with an impressive collection of big name 20th-century photographers such as: Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand. Just north of Tucson, enter a world under glass at The Biosphere 2, housing seven model ecosystems. Want to be active? Put on your sneakers and head to Sabino Canyon for a hike.
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA FAST FACTS
Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat
Red & Blue
N/A - Rolling Admission
1200 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85721
Kasey Urquidez, Assoc VP for SAEM & Dean, Undergraduate Admissions
NCAA Division I FBS – Pac-12 & MPSF
+ UA CHEAT SHEET +
Espresso Art Café
Einstein Bros Bagels
The Welcome Diner
The B Line
On Deck Deli
Tucson Tamale Company
Brother John’s Beer
El Charro Café
Cafe Poca Cosa
Blanco Tacos and Tequila
Maynards Market and Kitchen
Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse and Saloon
In N' Out Burger
+ LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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