You don't have to work on homework every evening, and you'll certainly want to save some time each weekend to enjoy yourself and the company of friends. Nearby Aksarben Village comes alive at night with dining, movies, a night club, and free outdoor concerts during the summer. Farmers markets offer fresh produce from local farms and arts and crafts by area artisans.
The center of Omaha's night life is downtown in the Old Market, about 6 km from campus. The entertainment district, made up primarily of remodeled 100-year-old office buildings and warehouses, is where young people from throughout the Omaha area gather on Friday and Saturday nights. Omaha's new baseball stadium is located downtown, where events like the College World Series of baseball draw fans from all over the United States. A convention center also draws major commercial trade shows and the biggest names in pop, rock, and country music.
With a car or a ride from a friend, international students can explore the sites beyond the city as well. Omaha sits in the Missouri River Valley, where parks in both Nebraska and Iowa feature rugged hiking trails, vistas of the surrounding countryside, and artifacts from the area's Wild West and pre-Columbian eras.