Living in Waco

Incorporated in 1856, Waco is a central Texas town that provides the perfect balance of rural and metropolitan. Located an hour and a half's drive away from both Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth, its ideal location affords a broad spectrum of opportunities. Waco is home to eighteen museums including the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and the Dr. Pepper museum. Waco actively supports a wonderful symphony orchestra, five theatres, and many heritage festivals. There are also several buildings of interest in Waco, including the Hippodrome theatre, the Masonic grand Lodge, and the Earle-Harrison House. Many historic buildings are maintained by the Historic Waco Foundation a non-profit group that seeks to promote Waco history.

Historic Bridge in Waco (409w x 276h, 31 KB) There are also opportunities for outdoor lovers to find their niche in Waco. The 416 acre Cameron Park provides nature enthusiasts a chance to enjoy Waco's lake cooled climate, and ample sunshine. Cameron Park also houses Cameron Park Zoo, a relatively new zoo that is actively expanding to accommodate rare animal species, such as a new Blue-Eyed Black Lemur. Situated directly west of Waco is Lake Waco, a primarily recreational lake that is the site of a 2.8 mile trail that provides a scenic view from the dam.

Brazos River in Waco (200w x 275h, 31 KB) Waco also provides the Baylor student plenty of opportunities for entertainment. Waco has recently restored its warehouse district, providing opportunities for fine dining and shopping. Also, Waco has three cinemas, which cater to a variety of tastes. For those who love to shop, there is Richland Mall, a mall which provides an affordable, pleasant shopping environment.

Overall, Waco is a hospitable city and a great place to live. For further information about the city of Waco please access the `other sources of information' links at the bottom of this page.

Demographics for Waco

Cost of living in Waco is significantly below the national average. To compare it to other cities, use the Cost of Living Calculator

On-Campus Housing Options
Limited on-campus housing is available for graduate students in the Speight-Jenkins Apartments. Information on rental rates is available through the Department of Residence Life (phone 254-710-3642)

Off-Campus Housing Options
The Baylor off-campus housing guide identifies most of the housing options that are within the Baylor neighborhood. Other housing options can be found in the Waco Tribune Herald or at online apartment locators such as

Buying A Home
Because of Graduate students' varying needs in housing, we have also included two resources for students who are interested in buying a home. They are and Waco Realtor Association.

Other Sources of Information
These two sites provided by the Waco Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau provide wonderful resources that include information on various points of interest in Waco, as well as hotel information, and contact numbers for utilities. They are the Waco Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Vistors Bureau.

Baylor/Waco Links
Learn about Baylor and the Waco Community.

Campus Living
City of Waco

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