University of Montana - Missoula Off Campus Apartments
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Wear bells around your ankles, don’t have any leftover food, don’t sleep in the clothes you cook in, and carry some pepper spray.
Studying not Camping
Okay, so you aren’t doing backcountry camping in bear country—yet. You are, however, going to school in bear country if you attend the University of Montana in Missoula. Because this campus isn’t quite swarming with bears, you might be able to get away with eating things that aren’t canned. Instead of bears, the school is swarming with wild roaring students hungry for knowledge, and luckily there is much to satiate their appetite. With a liberal arts education students find that they have the ability to dabble in any subject and to delve deep into a particular area of study that they feel passionate about. UM is known for its journalism and creative writing programs, their art studios and facilities, and for having majors like forestry that you wouldn’t usually find at a state school. Grizzlies and Lady Grizzes also love to be a part of the Griz Nation mania and growl with pride and joy whenever their basketball team takes a win!
Apartments not Tents
Though you are in the same state as Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park you will probably want an off-campus apartment while attending school, not a tent. Living in Missoula is perfect place to live if you are looking to camp, hike, and generally discover the wilderness; if you want to be a part of a city with tons of activities for all types of people; if you want to find culture and an artist/literary community; and especially if want to go fly fishing! No wonder 75% of undergrads choose to find off-campus apartments and immerse themselves in this heavenly place. People often move to areas like downtown, Pattee Canyon, or the Rattlesnake, and enjoy the feeling of independence and privacy while still being a part of campus life. For help searching for your new place, check out our apartment search guides, and then all our delicious Montana listings.
Beers not Bears
During the weekends, Grizzlies like to relax from the hard work of the week and go for a nice hike, perhaps experience the bar scene at night. For dancing, check out The Badlander at 208 Ryman, and for a cheap drink, take some friends down to the Iron Horse 501 North Higgins Avenue. Missoula has tons of non-alcoholic events to partake in as well. Every month is “First Friday” where a strip of galleries opens to display the work of local artists and writers. Cafes also stay open late on weekends and are great for studying as well as seeing live performances by local bands!
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Does Missoula have any famous museums or exhibitions?
With a thriving arts scene, Missoula is home to various museums of note. The Missoula Art Museum, for example, exhibits a variety of contemporary art. Founded in 1975 and expanded in 2005, the museum offers art classes, tours, and gallery talks, and its slogan, "Free Expression, Free Admission," reflects its price of entry. Rather than competing with other big cities for the work of famous artists, the museum chose instead to display regularly-rotated exhibits of Western art and works closely with community arts groups. Missoula is also home to the Montana Natural History Center, the Rocky Mountain Museum, the National Museum of Forest Services, the Montana Museum of Art, and the Missoula Children's Museum.
Is Missoula pet friendly?
Yes, Missoula is very pet friendly. Jacob's Island Bark Park is a fenced, 6-acre off-leash dog area located along Clark Fork River. Open from 6 am until 11 pm, this park features a water spigot, a creek, and shade trees. There are other parks in town where you can take your pets as long as they are kept on leash. And, sandwiched between two national forests, Loho to the southwest and Flathead to the northeast, Missoula residents shall never want for places to go hiking and camping with their pets.
What does everyone in Missoula do for fun in their spare time and on weekends?
Missoula's most popular pastimes are those that occur outside. Located in Montana's Glacier Country, the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area is just outside of town and even accessible by bus from the city. The area's recreational opportunities include including hiking, rafting, tubing, rock climbing, skiing, fishing, golfing. Home to the University of Montana, Missoula also boasts a vibrant arts community and an active downtown area. Year-round 'First Friday' finds art galleries open to strolling passersby with music and food offered for free.