Omaha has some really terrific attractions, like the much-touted Henry Doorly Zoo. Artsy types will enjoy the Joslyn Art Museum, situated nearly on campus, which hosts excellent traveling exhibits. The downtown Old Market is just a short 20-minute walk from campus and is excellent for those who enjoy shopping or unique restaurants. But music may be what Omaha is best known for among certain crowds. Students interested in the indie music scene have access to some sweet concerts in the hometown of Saddle Creek Records and bands like The Faint and Bright Eyes. There are a few very small colleges in town besides Creighton, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha is several blocks away. Some people swear by the anonymity and laid-back nature of the UNO crowd, and sometimes the fraternities there have parties that provide a good chance to become acquainted with outsiders. Sporty types might have trouble finding much entertainment in a town without a popular professional team, yet the UNO Mavericks hockey games are well-attended, and Creighton’s own basketball team is pretty popular.
Basically, if you step off campus in Omaha, one of three things happens: 1.) You’re offered a job—everyone knows we’re smart and hard-working; 2.) you’re called a snob—this is the most expensive school in the state, after all; or 3.) you get mugged. Seriously, it’s Omaha, it’s Nebraska, it’s the Midwest—it’s 15 minutes to the nearest cornfield—but this is the most urban part of one of the least urban parts of the country. However, many people retain that small-town simplicity and humbleness, so if this irritates you, steer clear of the suburbs, and stay near campus where there’s plenty to do.