Vibrant, balanced, and growing, Lincoln is ranked at the top as the happiest and healthiest city in the nation. Nearly 300,000 people call Lincoln their home or home away from home because it offers the energy of a city and the familiarity of a town.
The low cost of living—6.6% below the national average—paired with the high quality of life makes Lincoln an affordable, enjoyable community for graduate students. In the heart of downtown, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln maintains a close relationship with the city through events, opportunities, and support for Nebraska students.
- Average rent for an apartment: $911/month
- Average apartment size: 924 sq. ft.
- No. 3 in U.S. City, Quality of Life (NerdWallet, 2017)
- Health care costs in Lincoln are among the lowest in the nation
- No. 1 in America’s Healthiest Cities (Daily Finance, 2014)
- Lincoln Public Schools ranked No. 2 in quality of education in an 8-state area of the Midwest
- Bicycle Friendly Community (The League of American Bicyclists, 2012)
- Average monthly electricity bill: $96.42
Traditional residence halls, apartment-style and suite-style living, and family housing are available on both City Campus and East Campus. Some halls offer year-round housing and most halls have dining services nearby.
Traditional Residence Halls and Apartment/Suite Living
More information on each hall type and amenities is available through University Housing.
Application and eligibility information on family-oriented facilities is available through Family Housing.
Living off campus in one of Lincoln’s 45 neighborhoods is a great option with commute time averaging 18.5 minutes and widespread access to public transportation through StarTran Bus Service.
Lincoln Neighborhood Matchmaker
With 45 neighborhoods, Lincoln has a blend of urban and suburban residential areas. You can find your perfect neighborhood through this matchmaking tool.
Apartments and Houses for Rent or Sale
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers a student health insurance plan for students, their spouses, and dependents. Assistantship packages cover 79 percent of the plan for graduate students.
If you are looking for other health insurance coverage, auto insurance, or other forms of insurance, the Nebraska Department of Insurance can help you find a licensed insurance agent or insurance company in Nebraska.
Utilities and Services
Electricity: Lincoln Electric System
Water: City of Lincoln
Natural gas: Black Hills Energy