Living in Columbia

Photo of downtown Columbia
Columbia has been rated by Money Magazine as one of the best U.S. cities in which to reside, and among the best places to raise a family in 50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family, which says of Columbia: "It operates like a well-oiled machine, and community spirit borders on the embarrassing."

Students describe Columbia as an attractive and manageable city. The cosmopolitan atmosphere, diverse mix of people, cultural offerings, and natural resources (biking trails, hiking, lakes, state and municipal parks) make Columbia a Missouri treasure.


With a population of more than 110,000, Columbia is located in central Missouri, midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, and a half hour from the capital, Jefferson City. Besides MU, Columbia boasts two private colleges: Stephens College and Columbia College. The three campuses offer a rich array of cultural, social, and intellectual opportunities.

As a university town and large medical center, Columbia is home to a widely diverse population of professionals from around the country and the world. The racial and ethnic mix gives Columbia a favor that might otherwise be unexpected in mid-Missouri.

Cost of Living

Columbia's cost of living and ease of lifestyle are also attractive features for law students. The low cost of housing, utilities and related expenses, combined with Columbia's ease of traffic and parking and its community safety, help keep students' lives less hectic than in most metropolitan areas.

Columbia's Greatest Draw

For law students, perhaps Columbia's greatest draw is its proximity to employers from both Kansas City and St. Louis, and to an array of government and judicial opportunities in nearby Jefferson City. Because of its ideal mid-Missouri location, MU brings a variety of employers on campus to interview students. Our graduates are employed throughout Missouri, in every field of law and in all employment sectors.

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