Graduate Programs: Lincoln and Omaha

The College of Engineering offers academic programs on campuses in the state's two largest cities: Lincoln and Omaha. Students and faculty collaborate across campuses and take advantage of being among the nation's premier engineering and architecture firms. The college also offers a free shuttle between the two campuses (with additional stops at the University of Nebraska Medical Center) each weekday. Below, find out more about these two thriving and welcoming communities.


Lincoln is ranked among the top "happiest and healthiest cities in the nation. Nearly 300,000 people call Lincoln their home or home away from home because it offers the energy of a city and the familiarity of a town.

The low cost of living—6.6% below the national average—along with a high quality of life makes Lincoln affordable and enjoyable for graduate students. In the heart of downtown, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln maintains a close relationship with the city through events, opportunities and support for Nebraska students.


  • Average rent for an apartment: $945/month
  • Average apartment size: 924 sq. ft.
  • No. 4 in Cities Where Renters Can Afford to Live Alone (SmartAsset, 2018)
  • No. 3 in Best Cities for Quality of Life (NerdWallet, 2017)
  • Health care costs in Lincoln are among the lowest in the nation
  • No. 1 in America’s Healthiest Cities (Daily Finance, 2014)
  • Lincoln Public Schools ranked No. 2 in quality of education in an 8-state area of the Midwest
  • Bicycle Friendly Community (The League of American Bicyclists, 2012)
  • Average monthly electricity bill: $97

Learn more about living in Lincoln, Nebraska.



Traditional residence halls, apartment-style and suite-style living, and family housing are available on both City Campus and East Campus. Some halls offer year-round housing and most halls have dining services nearby.

Traditional Residence Halls and Apartment/Suite Living

More information on each hall type and amenities: University Housing.

Family Housing

Application and eligibility information on family-oriented facilities: Family Housing.

Temporary Housing

Sleeping accommodations and meal service to students arriving early are offered only in University Suites residence hall from mid-May through mid-August. Learn more about Guest Housing on campus. The university is also within walking distance of hotels off campus.


Living off campus in one of Lincoln’s 45 neighborhoods is a great option with commute time averaging 18.5 minutes and widespread access to public transportation through StarTran Bus Service.

Lincoln Neighborhood Matchmaker

With 45 neighborhoods, Lincoln has a blend of urban and suburban residential areas. You can find your perfect neighborhood through this matchmaking tool.

Apartments and Houses for Rent or Sale

Your move to Lincoln starts with finding a place to settle into. Find off-campus housing with these search tools: Zillow, Craigslist, RENTCafé

NOTE: Students are advised to investigate rentals before signing a lease commitment. Please review Student Legal Services guidelines on how to find, inspect, and evaluate housing.

Utilities and services


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers a student health insurance plan for students, their spouses and dependents. Assistantship packages cover 79% of the plan for graduate students.

If you are looking for other health insurance coverage, auto insurance, or other forms , the Nebraska Department of Insurance can help you find a licensed insurance agent or insurance company.

Lincoln Public Schools

Lincoln Public Schools is the second largest public school district in the state with more than 60 schools and programs, serving students who speak more than 52 languages. Learn more about Lincoln Public Schools.


Options for childcare include on-campus facilities, off-campus sites and a service provided by Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department to search for child care providers in Lincoln. Consider your childcare options and/or check the Roster of Licensed Child Care and Preschool Programs in Nebraska. 

Buildings and Maps

Find campus maps as well as live tracking for public transportation here.