My favorite things about Lawrence

After living in Lawrence for seven years, I’ll be moving away this summer. I’ve had an incredible time living in Lawrence, and if I was given the opportunity to start law school over, I would easily choose KU again. Lawrence is the true definition of a college town. It has a nice, homey feel without too many distractions––perfect for a busy law student. Here are some of my favorite things about Lawrence.

Sim Johal
Sim Johal, 3L Student Ambassador

The people

Everywhere I go in Lawrence, people are kind and welcoming. Whether they are students, professors or locals, the people are genuinely kind. I often run into friends when I go anywhere––which is a plus of living in a smaller town.

Coffee shops

I love studying at coffee shops, and Lawrence has plenty of local spots. Some of my favorites include The Java Break, Alchemy, The Roost and J & S Coffee.


Lawrence has so many local restaurants that I will definitely come back to town for. I love the Burger Stand at The Casbah, Jefferson’s, Cielito Lindo, The Eldridge and Pizza Shuttle (try their pizza with cream cheese––SO good).


One of my favorite things to do at KU is go to basketball games. Allen Fieldhouse is historic, and nothing matches up to the experience of watching a game here. KU fans love basketball and game days are a blast. Plus, James Naismith’s original rules of basketball are on display at the DeBruce Center, located right next to Allen Fieldhouse.

The campus

KU’s campus is one of the things I love most. The campus is on top of a hill and is absolutely beautiful. Although the walk up the hill was difficult at times, Jayhawk Boulevard is truly one of a kind. The campus is great for dog walks, jogs and strolls on the weekend.

I’m sad to be leaving Lawrence but so thankful to have loved each of the seven years I spent here.

-By Sim Johal, a 3L from Springfield, Missouri and KU Law Student Ambassador