Hotel Near University of Arizona
Whether you’re visiting your U of A student or getting ready to try the Wildcat life for yourself, La Posada Lodge offers quality amenities for a relaxing stay in Tucson close to the university. Try delicious southwestern cuisine at Gringo Grill + Cantina, check out the university's upcoming events, and soak up some rays by the pool while enjoying the beautiful view of the Santa Catalina Foothills. Guests also receive complimentary breakfast and high-speed WiFi. Plus, our unique hotel near The University of Arizona is just a 15 minute drive from campus!
- The University of Arizona Website
- University Phone Number: (520) 621-2211
- Distance: 7 miles | 15 minute drive
U of A Campus Visits
Discover the beauty of the campus and explore the area with a guided ambassador tour. Current Wildcats will give you an extensive walking tour of campus facilities, admissions presentations, and optional residence hall tours.
Be sure to check out the University of Arizona’s astonishing museums during your visit! Whether you are visiting as a prospective student or celebrating the success of your U of A graduate, exploring these museums is a wonderful way to experience the innovations and successes of the university.
- Arizona State Museum: Learn about Arizona heritage and American Southwest cultures through an interactive collection of anthropological exhibits!
- Biosphere 2: This 3.14-acre research facility supports and studies five different ecosystems – rainforest, coral reef, mangrove wetlands, fog desert, and savannah grassland – all under one roof!
- Arizona Campus Arboretum: Located in the heart of campus, this beautiful haven is home to many unique species of trees and plants. Make sure to take a free guided tour!
Did You Know...
- The university's mantra, "Bear Down," were the final words of famous 1926 Wildcats quarterback John “Button” Salmon.
- The University of Arizona is the only university in the entire nation that has a law degree at the Bachelor’s level.
- An asteroid is projected to just barely miss colliding into Earth in 2020! Don’t worry, the University of Arizona space science program will be sending its very own spacecraft in pursuit of research and discovery.
- U of A was established before the state itself. While the university began in 1885, Arizona was officially admitted to the Union in 1912.
Traditions and Annual Events
- Spring Fling: Beginning in 1974, University of Arizona students work together to put on an enormous carnival for Tucson! Guests enjoy food and themed attractions, and the proceeds go toward funding campus organizations such as clubs and diversity groups. This is not an event to miss!
- Homecoming: of Arizona celebrates homecoming each fall with a bang! With thousands of alumni returning home each year, the annual homecoming celebration shows Wildcat pride with a glamorous parade, food and drink, and the homecoming football game.
- Ringing of the U.S.S. Arizona Bell: On the 7th of December, 1941, the U.S.S. Arizona was bombed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. To commemorate the soldiers who gave their lives to serve our country in WWII, the U.S.S. Arizona Bell is run seven times at 12:07 on each third Thursday of the month.
- Wilbur and Wilma: After the death of Arizona's first real bobcat mascot Rufus, the first costumed mascot Wilbur was introduced in 1959. Wilbur met Wilma on a blind date on March 1, 1986 and they were married the following November. You can spot their friendly faces at football and basketball games sporting athletic jerseys with a south western flair.
Arizona Wildcats Football
Coach Rodriguez leads the Wildcats into another action packed season of Pac-12 football. Arizona will be one of the most exciting teams to watch during the 2017 season. Will they make enough of a splash in the regular season to reach postseason glory? Come out to a game and experience the largest student cheering section on the West Coast, appropriately named the Zona Zoo and witness a game for yourself!