Welcome to Tucson
The city of Tucson is located in southern Arizona, approximately 62 miles from the Mexican border. As of July 1, 2013, a Census Bureau estimate puts the city's population at 526,116, with a metropolitan area population at 1.04 million.
Main Tucson Attractions
There are a large number of lodging options in the Tucson area, including bed-and-breakfasts, hotels, and short-term rental properties (apartments, condos, homes, etc). A few of the options include:
Hotels within Walking Distance
The following properties are within two miles of where the January in Tucson courses will be offered. They tend to have higher rates for that reason, but rates vary heavily depending on when reservations are made.
Other Lodging within Walking Distance
Many people in Tucson rent rooms or guest houses via AirBnB (lots of properties have small houses on them that are rented like hotel rooms). The website above can help you search for some of them. If you know the specific dates you are planning on being in Tucson, it is easy to determine what is available and how close to campus it is. Single occupancy efficiency-style apartments can be as cheap as $45/night (and renting rooms in an individual’s house can sometimes be even cheaper). Additionally, if you are coming as part of a cohort, there are frequently entire apartments, condos, and houses available that can decrease costs substantially when shared among the group.
Hotels near Public Transportation
There are many hotels throughout the city that are near public transportation. The city’s bus system is known as SunTran and a complete listing of their routes can be found on the website. In addition, Tucson has a streetcar, SunLink, that runs from downtown to campus daily for $4/day.
The following two options are both accessible via the SunLink streetcar stops and serve as examples of what is available:
If you have access to a car, then there are literally dozens and dozens of hotel options available in Tucson that would allow you to drive into campus. You may use any of the major lodging websites (Orbitz, Travelocity, Kayak, etc.) to locate other options. Please keep in mind that public parking on campus is limited and almost always requires payment. The closest parking garage to where the January in Tucson courses will be held has a maximum parking rate of $8/day.
While public transportation is available in Tucson, it is not as comprehensive as in some other cities. Here are options for getting around Tucson:
Automobiles: There are many car rental companies at the Tucson airport and throughout the city. The University of Arizona is, of course, accessible by car, but parking is limited on campus. Please obey all parking restrictions, which are usually visible on signs. If parking on campus, the closest garage open to the public is located on the corners of Park Ave and Helen Street (approximately two blocks west of Rountree Hall).
Bicycles: There are many bicyclists at the University and Tucson is a bike-friendly community. Bike racks are located all over campus. Because bike theft does occur, you should take reasonable precautions and use a good bike lock and read UA's bike regulations.
University of Arizona Shuttle Service: CatTran is a free shuttle service offered by the University of Arizona.
Public Bus Service: SunTran is Tucson’s bus service.
Sun Link Streetcar: SunLink is the new Tucson streetcar providing transportation on and around the University of Arizona campus and downtown Tucson.
Taxi Services: There are a number of taxi services available in Tucson, including Yellow Cab, Uber and Lyft.
Tucson is located in the Sonoran Desert. In January, the average highs range between 65-75 degrees Farenheit (18-24 degrees Celsius), and, at night, the temperatures drop substantially to approximately 37-42 degrees Fareneheit (3-5 degrees Celsius). You can expect at least ten hours of sunlight, and most days have very few clouds. Rain is unlikely in January, but an occasional short rain shower typically happens up to a few times per month.