Life in Reno

The Area

The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of approximately 400,000. Reno is a safe and beautiful city with a mild, dry climate where the sun shines 300 days a year. The region is alpine and semiarid. Reno sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range; there are numerous outdoor opportunities, including rock-climbing, skiing, snowboarding, sailing, camping, hiking, fishing, and mountain-biking. Amazing Lake Tahoe is only a 40 minute drive from Reno, and there are numerous ski areas within an hour's drive - including Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics!


Summers (June through mid-September) are usually hot, dry and sunny. Winters (mid-December through March) are usually cold, but clear and sunny as well. Occasional winter snow storms occur (the main source of precipitation for the mountains) and day time temperatures often remain above freezing throughout the winter season. In the summer season, temperatures range from 35°C during the days to 10°C at night (90° to 50°F), while in winter season, temperatures range from 7°C to -7°C (45°F to 20°F). Students arriving in winter should have a warm coat. Students arriving in the fall or spring should have a light jacket and a sweater.


In the United States, especially on college campuses, most students dress comfortable and casual for classes.  T-shirts and jeans or shorts are common attire. Professors and staff may dress more formally, although many dress as casually as the students. There may be occasions which require a dressier look such as a formal dinner, professional meetings, or a music recital. For such occasions, men usually wear slacks with a jacket and tie and women wear dresses or suits. The native dress of your country could be appropriate for many occasions.


It is quite likely that you will have to make some adjustments in the diet to which you are accustomed. There are several supermarkets and restaurants within walking distance of campus. Citifare buses serve the campus and have many convenient stops to local stores and restaurants. Whether you live on or off campus, you are eligible to purchase a meal card for food service at the dining facilities on campus.