Home of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Fayetteville sits in the foothills of the Boston Mountains, deep in the heart of the Ozarks. It’s been ranked by Forbes as the 8th best city for Business and Careers, and the 7th best College Sports Town. In a mostly rural state, Fayetteville stands out for its prominent arts and music scene, flourishing local businesses, progressive residents, and ecofriendly vibe. In addition to the University of Arkansas, nearby Bentonville (Walmart’s home base) has helped boost the economy through the years and keep the historic city thriving. Dickson Street is Fayetteville’s entertainment district, including the West Dickson Street Commercial Historic District, multiple theaters, music, food, and shopping venues. The Historic Square has been the city center since the first courthouse was built there in 1829, and is still encircled by broad sidewalks, flowering gardens, and one-way streets. Besides Razorback athletics (which draw in state residents by the droves) Bikes Blues and BBQ, a four-day festival to benefit local charities, is one of Fayetteville’s biggest annual events.
With the university near to the center of downtown, Fayetteville offers a plethora of housing options in safe, high quality neighborhoods for students looking to move off campus.
Wilson Park sits near to campus on the northeast side and is known for its namesake: historic Wilson Park. Apartments are plentiful in this scenic and popular area, although they can be expensive. Shopping early is well worth it for residents who prefer a neighborhood with nearby green space and lots of historic charm.
South University Avenue neighborhoods host many students who want to be near the nightlife of downtown. The public library is also close by, and the high walkability of the city makes this area perfect for those living without a car.
Diehard Razorback fans often prefer looking on the west side of campus, often along West Stone Street, where housing can be found in near proximity to the AU stadium. Also, further south along S Razorback Road, many student-friendly accomodations are along the main drag that leads to the stadium, while also boasting easy access to the Westwood Plaza Shopping Center and Tsa-La-Gi Trail.