, Idaho is a quintessential college town that is truly an outdoor lover’s paradise, making it the perfect place for studying natural resources. Nestled between Moscow Mountain and the rolling hills of the Palouse, Moscow's natural surroundings provide an international hub for environmental, ecological and agricultural research. The surrounding area is mostly agriculture (wheat, canola, peas, lentils and barley), although it is a short drive or hike to some pristine wilderness areas.
In addition to its many natural attributes, Moscow has a well established sense of community centered around its renovated downtown area. There is also a farmers' market downtown every Saturday from May through October. The larger mall and downtown area are within easy walking distance of the campus. There are about 20,000 permanent residents of Moscow, and each fall about 10,000 students enroll. Washington State University
is eight miles away and a bus (free to full-time students) connects the two communities for some joint classes.
The Chipman Trail
is a paved trail that connects these two towns for the use of hikers, rollerbladers and bikers. In the fall, the free Latah County Fair with 4-H and FFA projects, carnival rides, local entertainment, booths, and lots of food, is a welcome event in the area.
For married students with small children, there are lots of activities within a few minutes of home and school for them to take part in, including beautiful parks and an active Parks and Recreation program, a skateboard park, a water park, and an ice skating rink, as well as after-school activities.