Columbia is a quaint little town. Much of the architecture on campus and in town is very old-fashioned looking, but the town is deceitful. In Columbia, you can always find something to do, whether it's hanging out with friends on campus, going downtown, attending house parties, or just walking on Katy Trail. Students do spend a lot of time on campus, not including class time. Students play Frisbee on the quad, soccer/football on Stankowski Field, or just wander around with friends enjoying the weather. When students need a break from campus activities, they step off campus right downtown for some more walking and sightseeing.
Mizzou is not the only school in the Columbia area. The University also shares the space with Columbia College, Stephens College, and MACC (Moberly Area Community College). Stephens and Columbia colleges are both located within walking distance of MU's campus. There is no rivalry between the schools, and many close friendships are formed between the students.