Information about Lawrence

Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence is a community with a population of around 90,000 people. This lively city has been called one of the best “College Towns” in the United States, with a vibrant and unique downtown.

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In general, Kansas has stereotypical seasonal weather patterns of a cool autumn, cold winter, warm spring, and hot summer.  Kansas weather can also be terribly unpredictable, changing frequently throughout the day or week.  It is best to have clothes for all types of weather.

Autumn (September – November)

In the fall, temperatures are typically quite nice.  The weather may vary from day-to-day, but most students are comfortable dressed in short-sleeved shirts and pants or shorts.  On cool days, a light jacket or sweatshirt may be necessary to keep warm.

Winter (November – February)

November is typically when you will notice a change in the weather and the days will gradually get cooler.  You may need long sleeves and pants, layers of clothes, and a jacket.  When the weather is at its coldest, coats, hats, and gloves are necessary to keep warm.  In the height of winter, Kansas temperatures are often below freezing. Cold temperatures usually last at least through February, but can last much longer.  It should also be noted that there are ordinarily days when the weather is warm during the winter months, but this warmer weather shouldn’t be anticipated to last more than a week.

Spring (March – May)

Spring weather usually begins in March.  Spring often has rain and some severe weather, such as thunderstorms, so it is a good idea to own an umbrella or raincoat.  The weather changes quickly throughout the day during the spring, so it is best to dress in layers and be ready for all types of weather.

Summer (June – August)

Temperatures during the summer in Kansas can be very hot with high levels of humidity.  Most students on campus wear shorts with short-sleeved shirts and sandals.

Lawrence Transit System

Lawrence Transit System is the public bus service in the City of Lawrence.  All Lawrence buses are free with a KU ID card.  Before you get your KU ID card, you can ride the bus for a $1.00 one-way fare or a $2.75 day pass (purchased on the bus).  You must have exact change.  All buses are wheelchair accessible.  Buses do not run on weekends or holidays.  Most routes stop running by 6:00 pm.

  • Find a list of routes and times here.

KU on Wheels

KU on Wheels is the transit system for KU and is a division of the Lawrence Transit System. 

  • You can find more information here.


​Safe Bus is a nighttime bus route throughout Lawrence, including downtown.  SafeBus operates Thursday through Saturday typically from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am.  It is free with a KU ID card.  

  • Find route information here.


​SafeRide is a free car service  that operates seven days a week from 10:30 pm to 2:30 am when the semester is in session.  To schedule a pick-up, you must call 785-864-7233.  You must have a KU ID card to use SafeRide.  It will only transport you to your place of residence.

  • For more information, visit here.

K-10 Connector

If you are taking classes at Johnson County Community College or the KU Edwards Campus, you can take the K-10 Connector to get from the Lawrence campus to Overland Park.  It takes around one hour transit time and costs $3 each way.

  • Find more information here.


Several taxi companies are available in Lawrence.  Typical fares are $8-$12 dollars each way per car.  A 10% tip to your taxi driver is considered polite.

  • For a list of taxi companies, visit here.

Transportation to/from the Kansas City airport

The ISS office has compiled a list of possible airport transportation shuttle companies. 

  • To find airport transportation options, visit here.

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