Housing & Schools
From tree-lined historic neighborhoods to no-maintenance communities, downtown lofts, or rolling acreage outside of city limits, you’ll find a home in Lawrence to meet your style and needs. The Lawrence Board of Realtors can help you start your search for a house by introducing you to a qualified real estate agent who can show you our city’s diverse neighborhoods.
If you prefer to rent a home, there are plenty of options, from individual units in turn-of-the-century houses, to luxury complexes with all the amenities. When searching for the right place to rent, keep in mind that some properties market primarily to students, while others cater more to young professionals, families, or older adults.
Lawrence public schools are in USD 497, which contains 14 elementary schools (K-5), four middle schools (6-8), and two high schools (9-12). In addition, there are religious-based, Montessori, and other private schools. USD 497’s College and Career Center also provides high school juniors and seniors with focused, experiential learning opportunities in science, technology, business, and industry.
There are numerous private and non-profit preschools in Lawrence, including three well-regarded options on the KU Lawrence campus: Hilltop Child Development Center (hilltop.ku.edu), Edna A. Hill Child Development Center (cdc.ku.edu) and the KU Language Acquisition Preschool (LAP) serving children with and without communications disabilities (lap.ku.edu). Additional information about child care and preschool providers in Lawrence is available at ks.childcareaware.org.