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Living in Memphis

Memphis is Thriving

A big city with a small-town feel, Memphis enjoys a low cost of living and deep-rooted Southern hospitality. With a taste of city life through great food, entertainment and museums, the city’s culture is rooted deep in history, music and tradition. With tree-lined neighborhoods and one of the largest parks in the nation, Memphis provides recreational and cultural activities year round, including activities that appeal to anyone.

More than 60,000 local residents from all backgrounds rely on SCO for their eye care through The Eye Center and through a number of Community Outreach initiatives. Our interns experience the gratifying impact of making a difference in the lives of people who benefit from SCO’s unique status as one of the nation’s top optometry colleges. SCO is proud to be one of the Tennessee treasures that makes Memphis great. Take a look to discover some of the many attractions near our campus!

Article: Memphis Rising


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Family Friendly

There's something in Memphis for the entire family. From zoos and museums to theaters and shopping in a giant pyramid boasting breathtaking views of the Mighty Mississippi, children, teens and adults alike will all find something to enjoy when they explore the city we call home.

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If you know Memphis, you know that our barbecue is second to none. You'll be delighted to know that's not all we have to offer. From funky little kitchens to modern, sleek steakhouses, the food in Memphis is exquisite. Dive in to one-of-a-kind foodie paradise, and find something that will make your taste buds sing.

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If getting outside to play is your thing, Memphis has tons of greenspace to explore. The beloved Shelby Farms Park Conservancy offers 4,500 acres of green space and 6.5 miles of urban trail in the heart of Shelby County. If organized sport is more your thing, the city has 8 golf courses, several parks and recreation centers, as well as the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Check below for more great outdoor activities in the Memphis area.


The lively shopping scene in Memphis is as robust as it is eclectic. From gallery shopping in Cooper Young, Overton Square and Midtown, to big name retailers at Laurelwood and Oak Court, there are a variety of shops around the town that have just what you need. For shopping near campus, check out our list for a few notable options.

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Finding a place to live is important for your future at SCO. We regularly hold housing fairs that can help you learn about different areas near campus and different options for you to consider. In fact, there are a variety of student-friendly living options that neighbor the SCO Campus. Take a look at some of the options below.


Whether you're into fine arts or Blues, the endless lineup of plays, festivals, events and music that Memphis offers will keep you entertained. Catch a play at the Orpheum, take in the sultry sounds of Beale Street or visit a countless number of local venues, award-winning art displays and more. The entertainment scene offered in Memphis is unrivaled in flavor and variety. Check out a few of the options below.

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Memphis Culture


Immerse yourself in the Memphis community and you will find that the makeup of Memphis is not only diverse but defines our richly diverse culture. The listings below offer just a small glance at what makes Memphis great.

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Living in Memphis opens up opportunities to explore and really get to know the community. We encourage students and families to experience the true essence of Memphis by participating in local events, festivals, taking in the local scene and making it your own.

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