The University of Idaho is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so beautiful it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Just minutes away from the forests, rivers and lakes of northern Idaho, Moscow is also home to more than 21,000 residents and a wide range of student-minded businesses, such as would only be found in a university town.
Art galleries, movie theaters, coffee shops and restaurants line the streets. In addition to popular drive-thrus, Moscow also offers a huge co-op with organic and natural foods; Northwest-style pubs; as well as locally owned Italian, French, Mexican and Chinese eateries.
An Outdoor Enthusiast's Dream
We're ranked in the top 30 in the nation as a "great university to hit the books and backcountry" by Outside magazine. Living and learning in Moscow will put you just minutes from opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, biking, climbing, camping and more.
Learn more about things to do around the Palouse
A Commitment to the Arts
The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, which received the 2007 National Medal of Arts, brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. The Moscow ARTWALK, Fresh Aire Concert Series and Third Street Gallery are just another few examples of why Moscow is recognized for its dedication to the arts.
A Natural Environment Like No Other
Settled between Moscow Mountain and the rolling hills of the Palouse, Moscow's natural surroundings provide an international hub for environmental, ecological and agricultural research.
Students in the College of Natural Resources and College of Science, among others, regularly get out and explore the natural world beyond the classroom through field trips.
A Tight-Knit Community
The Renaissance Fair, a downtown Moscow favorite, celebrates the arrival of spring with artists, crafters, live music and international foods. Each year, members of the Moscow community come together at the Latah County Fair. The city's nearly two dozen parks provide space to enjoy the outdoors within a small town setting.