New Student Orientation

Life in Greensboro

Greensboro has many things to see and experience when you need a break from studying. To help you learn your way around if you are new to the Greensboro area, the Student Mentors have created a guide "Greensboro Places".  Included is everything from restuarants, to dry cleaners and tailors, grocery stores and shopping centers, as well as child care or veterinary services. 

Also, check out the entertainment site maintained by a local newspaper, The News & Record, at

Here is a sampling of some of the current students’ favorite places close to school to get you started…

Greensboro Grasshoppers
Just a block or two from the law school is New Bridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a single A affiliate of the Florida Marlins. Monday and Thursday nights are the best times to go for discounted tickets and concessions. Fireworks follow the game when the Hoppers play at home on Friday or Saturday nights. All tickets are reasonably priced but most students prefer the lawn tickets which are only $6.

Greensboro Coliseum
The Coliseum hosts a wide variety of sporting events, concerts, comedic performances, cultural arts and expositions. The main arena seats 23,500 people and the complex hosts over 850 events on an annual basis. Check their website frequently or sign up for their newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any of the big events that come to town.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Just a few blocks from the law school is the Woolworth’s Building where on February 1, 1960 four local African-American North Carolina A & T college students helped kick start the Civil Rights Movement by sitting at the segregated lunch counter. This act help start the sit in movement nationwide. That building now houses the International Civil Rights Museum, a facility dedicated to the international struggle for civil and human rights.

Country Park
A few miles north of school is the Country Park with a little something for everyone. There are numerous hiking, biking, and nature trails. Two different fishing lakes are in the park, and seasonal paddle boat rentals are available. There are numerous playgrounds for the little ones as well. For the furry family members, there is a Bark Park, six acres of fenced space where dogs can run off leash. For history buffs, this park is connected to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and battlefield.

Friendly Center
For shopping and dining fans, the Friendly Center pretty much has it all. This open air shopping center features a 16 screen movie theatre and over 140 different stores and eateries all located just a few miles down the road from school.

Much, Much More

A number of great restaurants, coffee shops, and stores are in the downtown area near school. You’ll discover even more as you explore the rest of the city. The brochure at the top of the page contains the favorite places of Elon Law students. Don’t be shy about asking a 2L or a 3L if you have questions about the happenings around the city. Grab a friend and go check out the city.