The University of Arizona was approved by the Arizona Territory's Legislature in 1885. Two gamblers and a saloon keeper decided to donate the land necessary to build the school. Classes met for the first time in 1891 with 32 students in Old Main, the first building constructed on campus, and still in use to this day. Because there were no high schools in Arizona Territory, the University maintained separate preparatory classes for the first 23 years of operation. The main campus sits on 380 acres in central Tucson, about one mile northeast of downtown.
There are many beautiful historic homes all around the Campus, as well as mid-century properties as you go a little further out. Many people say that the culture and diversity found near universities adds a dynamic element, and the population you will find in these neighborhoods ranges from students to professors to young professionals to many retired folks who all enjoy access to everything that a large university can offer.