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Many prospective students become familiar with the various aspects of student life during the undergraduate experience. And while student life during optometry school is different from student life during undergrad, many aspects remain the same: "Where do I live? How do I get to know other people in my program? What clubs can I join? What is there to do in Memphis?”
By using the information found throughout the different areas of our Student Life page, we think you'll get a clearer picture of all that SCO has to offer.
According to the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association, Memphis has the lowest cost of living in the nation among cities with populations of more than 500,000.
Entering students are able to find high-quality accommodations in and around the city that allow living costs to be kept reasonably low, especially when they choose to live with a roommate or two. A few apartment complexes that are popular with SCO students are within walking distance of campus. Rental homes are also available, and some SCO students choose to invest in the purchase of a home.
For those interested, the Office of Student Services maintains housing information, including a city map, apartment guides, apartment locator services, and realtor recommendations. Admissions staff are also happy to provide personalized advice to students about where to live and how to handle the housing search process. The office also maintains a roommate search forum for those interested in sharing expenses with another entering student.
Use our Housing Virtual Marketplace to browse regional apartment complexes by area.
Contact the Office of Student Services at (800) 238-0180 for further information.
Expose yourself to optometry. Embrace the culture. Experience Memphis.
Our Student Life blogs allow you to gain insightful perspectives directly from our students. Many blog posts highlight our students’ service activities in the community. Other posts highlight clinical and externship experiences, student organization and social activities, or simply life as a student at SCO. We believe these blogs help prospective students envision their futures.
Our students are excited to share their stories. We hope you are excited to learn more about them.
We have students from across the country—and across the globe. They enjoy sharing their experiences, goals and community involvement.
On our Student Testimonials page, you can watch many of our current students and alumni discuss their time at SCO. These students and graduates share because they were once in your position, nervous about applying to optometry school or deciding where to attend optometry school. They want to give you a better understanding of the processes, expectations and experiences awaiting you at SCO.
Big city. Small-town feel. This is Memphis.
Memphis is a city full of terrific food, incredible live music, festivals of all sorts, powerful historical museums and more. We take pride in our history and community, all while boasting a low cost of living.
Do you want to learn more about the city? Visit below.
A look at the students, programs, and campus life that makes SCO the top choice for the nation's best-qualified optometry students:
View SCO’s previous recruiting video, See the SCO Difference.