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Moving to Norman

Welcome to Norman, Oklahoma, the home for The University of Oklahoma and an ideal place to study and live as a graduate student.

With approximately 100,000 permanent residents and 20,000 students, Norman is a family-friendly, vibrant community in the heart of the U.S. that features exceptional schools, dynamic civic organizations, and diverse cultural events. 

Norman Facts

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Living in Norman is very affordable and safe. In fact, housing costs and the cost of living are far below the national average. 

In 2018, ADT ranked the University of Oklahoma as the 5th safest campus in the U.S.

Forbes Magazine ranked the Oklahoma City area as the fourth most affordable city in the U.S. in 2015.

Money Magazine recently named Norman in the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" in the U.S.

Major Attractions

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Norman's most frequented attractions are listed below:

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

Lake Thunderbird State Park

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art


Norman offers twenty-five festivals per year, five golf courses, historical attractions, antique shops, OU sports, and fun activities for the entire family.

Moving to the U.S.

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The International Student Services (ISS) website contains comprehensive information about moving to the U.S.

The New International Student Orientation (NISO) provides new international graduate students with an online pre-arrival module, airport pickup, and an in-person orientation experience before the start of the semester.

Living in Norman Guide

This downloadable flipbook was created by the Office of the Provost for new faculty, but it is also very informative and relevant for new graduate students and their families. 

Norman Flipbook