Tempe College Life

ASU College Life

You can’t turn back the hands of time, but you can relive the good old days in Tempe and Arizona State University (ASU). You can stay at the Graduate Tempe, the first of a new hotel brand that are located in college towns. There are subtle references to the university at this hotel (for instance, ask someone why one of their restaurants is called The Normal Diner), mixed with a irreverent design aesthetic.

Take a self-guided walking tour through the ASU Tempe Campus. See one of the country’s best collections of public art, visit one of the numerous free museums and galleries, including the ASU Art Museum, which focuses on thought provoking contemporary art and new media.

For lunch, try one of the many restaurants inside the Memorial Union, including the sustainable Engrained Café. Or walk to one of the many locally owned eateries located just off campus, such as Nocawich, The Handlebar Tempe or The Chuckbox.

At the north end of campus, you’ll find Downtown Tempe, home to more than 100 shops, restaurants, cafes and taverns. Take a quick hike up “A” Mountain (the large yellow “A” stands for ASU) for a bird’s eye view of the city and a sample of the beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape.

Depending on the season, you can cheer for the Sun Devils at one of the many popular athletic events. Or, watch talented students in a theater, dance or music performance. The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a full calendar of events on campus.

And of course, college isn’t college without an active nightlife. After dark, take your pick from an Irish pub to music venues to brew pubs and wine bars along Mill Avenue. Or, bar hop, shop and listen to live music on Friday and Saturday nights at Tempe Marketplace.