Every college student needs a bit of guidance throughout their college years. That’s why we at the Domain Student Apartments want to help you answer some questions about Columbia before the semester begins. After going through our Student Guide to Columbia, MO, you’ll be sure to be a little more prepared to venture around town as a student.

The following article aims to help new and current students in the Columbia area get familiar with the city.

Knowing Your Campus and the Area Around It

We highly suggest that you get familiar with your school before starting the semester. Not only will it save you some time on your first day of class, but it’ll also help you find the best spots for you to relax on campus. Take some time to study the following campus maps and explore them in person:

Student Friendly Living in Columbia

We want you to have the best college experience while you’re in Columbia. That’s why it’s very important to choose the right living area for you. Don’t worry if you’ve already moved into a dorm or off-campus location, you can still keep the following locations in mind for next semester!

The Domain at Columbia

Just minutes away from the University of Missouri, the Domain at Columbia is a great upscale student living option for every college student in the area. The Domain at Columbia features the largest pool in Columbia, a 24-hour business center for students, it’s own Starbuck’s Coffee bar, and a shuttle to campus and the downtown area. We also host a number of lifestyle events that are tailored to help you succeed.

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Best Study Spots Around Columbia

You’re definitely going to want to find the perfect spot where you can study. Whether you’re okay with noise or want a quiet spot, Columbia has just the thing for you. Check out the best study spots we just had to include in our Student Guide to Columbia:

Ellis Library

1020 Lowry Street, Columbia, MO 65201

Ellis Library is the main library on the Mizzou campus. It’s a popular spot for students to study throughout the year, especially during finals week. The library has plenty of books, computers, and articles for research purposes, and reservable study rooms in case you want some more privacy. Keep in mind that the Ellis Library might be overpacked during finals week, so you might not be able to find a great spot during that time.

Columbia Public Library

100 W Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203

The Columbia Public Library is a great place to study if you’re looking for a more peaceful environment. It features some amazingly comfortable seats that are perfect for a long study session. Just remember the library does close at 9 p.m., so, unfortunately, you can’t have a late night session.

The Grind Coffee House

1, 4603 John Garry Dr, Columbia, MO 65203

There’s no cooler place to study than a coffee house. From treats to freshly brewed drinks, Grind Coffee House has everything you need for a late night study session. The Grind Coffee House is open until midnight during its regular schedule, and extends its hours to 24/7 during finals week!

School Lawns

Open areas around campus usually provide a peaceful environment for you to study in. It’s also a great way to get your Vitamin D without having to take any pills (The Sun). Try reading a book under a tree or on a nice bench the next time the weather allows.

Empty Classrooms

Students often overlook using empty classrooms as study rooms. For the most part, teachers are okay with students using their empty classrooms for quick study sessions before class. This can be especially helpful if you’re about to present in front of a crowd or take a huge exam in the same building.

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Things To Do in Columbia, MO

Our Student Guide to Columbia couldn’t be complete without including some of the best things to do for college students. Columbia has plenty of activities both students and tourists have to experience at least once in their lifetime.

Experience Mizzou Sports

Whether it’s to watch a football game at the Memorial Stadium or Basketball at the Mizzou Arena, the experience is always one of a kind. From tailgates to cheerleaders, the University of Missouri does an excellent job of entertaining the crowd throughout every game day. We encourage you to go out and enjoy the environment with plenty of cheer and excitement.

Explore the Three Creeks Conservation Area

Columbia, MO 65201

Located halfway between Columbia and Ashland, the Three Creeks Conservation Area is a great place for outdoor explorers to visit. The area features scenic bluffs, intermittent streams, geologic formations, natural trails, and old eastern red cedar trees.

Capen Park

1600 Capen Park Dr, Columbia, MO 65201

Capen Park is a 31-acre park that all rock climbers enjoy. The park features bridge connections to Grindstone Nature Area, beautiful scenery, wild animals, and the Hinkson Creek Trail.

Ride the Tiger

Columbia, MO 65201

You just have to go out and ride the tiger at the Tiger Plaza. Come on, you’ve been staring at it for the past 4 years.

Explore the Underground Mizzou Tunnels

Another great thing to do before you graduate from Mizzou is exploring the underground tunnels. There are plenty of underground trails beneath the campus for those with plenty of curiosity. Just make sure you remember your way back or you won’t make it back in time for class!

Attend the Free College Events

Every college hosts free events for students to enjoy. Whether it’s a movie or a homecoming festival, make sure you attend and make some great memories!


Want to find out what else Columbia has to offer? Check out these 5 Great Outdoor Activities Around Columbia, MO.

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Best Spots to Eat in Columbia

Good food is a must here in Columbia, Missouri. Over the years, the culinary scene in Columbia has grown in many different ways. Here are some of the best restaurants on our Student Guide to Columbia, MO to enjoy from:

Bucks Ice Cream Place

1306 Rollins St, Columbia, MO 65201

Make your way down to Eckles and have yourself some signature Tiger Stripe Ice Cream. All of the ice cream is made on campus by the food science department and always hits the spot.


3107 Green Meadows Way, Columbia, MO 65203

Murry’s is a great place to dine in at if you’re looking for a relaxing time. The restaurant has live entertainment 5 nights of the week and serves plenty of American recipes you’ll love.

Shakespeare’s Pizza

225 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201

Popular pizza spot in Columbia that serves every pie with fresh ingredients. It’s also a great hangout spot where you can enjoy some beers with some good company.

Broadway Diner

22 S 4th St, Columbia, MO 65201

Broadway Diner is popular for serving some of the best American diner recipes in Columbia. The restaurant is perfect for late nights and features awesome daily specials college students love.

Enjoy the Nightlife in Columbia

Whether you like to party or enjoy some family-friendly fun, Columbia has just the right thing for you to do tonight.

International Tap House

308 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201

The International Tap House serves various tap beer from all over the globe. The large drink selections make International Tap House the top spot to discover what cold brews other countries have to offer.

Missouri Theatre

203 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65211

The Missouri Theatre is the perfect spot to enjoy live entertainment at its finest. The theatre features popular specials like the Great Russian Nutcracker and the ballet series.


Couldn’t find the spot you were looking for in our Student Guide to Columbia, MO? Check out our best Nightlife in Columbia, MO recommendations.

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