New to Lawrence

Welcome to town! Since you're just starting out, we've put together a very basic list of need-to-know information. Once you settle in, swing by or call us — we're here to help you get to know Lawrence and everything it has to offer.

What are we missing? Suggest resources for new residents here.


Explore Downtown Lawrence

  • Get to know what we call the "Heart of the City"

Unmistakably Lawrence

  • The go-to place for everything you need to know about eating, shopping, playing, and staying in Lawrence


City of Lawrence Government and Services

  • Parks and Recreation, utilities, City Commission meetings, and more!

Lawrence Community Shelter

  • The only emergency homeless shelter serving Lawrence and Douglas County in Kansas

Lawrence Transit

  • A coordinated transit service between the Lawrence Transit System and KU on Wheels

Lawrence Memorial Hospital


Haskell Indian Nations University

University of Kansas

Lawrence Public Schools (USD #497)

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