Looking for a way to enjoy your college years? It’s hard to find a better place than the University of Nevada – Las Vegas! Barely 1.5 miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip, UNLV combines the glitz and glamour of living in Vegas with the strong academics that drives so much of the school’s programming. It seems only fair when talking about Vegas to start off by actually talking about Vegas. Home to 25 of the world’s 50 largest hotels, it is an entertainment mecca. Whether you’re catching Cirque du Soleil, seeing the famous MGM Grand lion, walking the streets of New York New York or Paris, enjoying a meal at the Harley Davidson Cafe, or wasting away again at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Las Vegas promises to have something for everyone. That’s not to even touch on the steamier side of Vegas!
But, of course, a college is not built on gambling alone. UNLV also has a proud academic reputation. The University’s School of Dental Medicine and William S. Boyd are the school’s only dental and law schools, respectively, and the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration is annually ranked among the best hospitality programs in the nation–not surprising considering the impressive hotel options available to them for study! Also not surprising is the school’s ability to attract great athletes. The Rebels men’s basketball team is well remembered for its national championship in 1990 over Duke, and the men’s golf team and men’s swimming and diving teams are great programs, turning out professional and Olympic athletes regularly.
Las Vegas is also a city that was one of the fastest growing in the nation throughout the nineties and into the beginning of the new century. Its growth has slowed, but Vegas is still a bustling, energetic metropolis. One advantage to the combination of swift growth and the slowdown is that there is great housing for great prices. Want a nice sized one or two bedroom apartment near the Strip? How about $600-700 per month? If you’re patient, you can even find studio apartment for less than $400. And with a cost of living only 78% of the national average (excluding rent), you can really stretch out a buck.
Also, sometimes in life what resides in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas, even when you don’t. If you’re looking for a great place to store your stuff when you go abroad to study hotels from the inside, you’re in luck, because there are dozens of affordable self storage facilities near UNLV. Due to the climate in Las Vegas, many facilities offer climate control, and some at incredibly low prices. You can find a 5 X 5, climate controlled unit for less than $30. And keep an eye out for great deals close to 89119, including 6 months half price, and student discounts. The casino isn’t the only place in Vegas to hit the jackpot.