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About Jackson

In many regards, Jackson is a typical, small southern town. However, the longer you stay, the more special it becomes.


Jackson's weather is one of the most unpredictable aspects of the city. One day could be very hot, but then the next cold and rainy. Better stick to this motto: always be prepared.

Average temperatures (in Farenheit):
August 68-89 degrees January 28-46 degrees
September 61-83 degrees February 32-52 degrees
October 48-73 degrees March 41-61 degrees
November 40-61 degrees April 48-71 degrees
December 31-50 degrees May 58-78 degrees

Celsius Fahrenheit
0.00 32.00
20.00 68.00
30.00 86.00

FACTS: On the Farenheit scale, water freezes at 32 degrees F (0 degrees C), and boils at 212 degrees F (100 degrees C).

Dining Out

Dining out is sometimes more expensive that international students may be accustomed to, so if you are trying to stick to a budget, it may be more reasonable to eat at home. However, if your budget allows, Jackson has many restaurants that are worth your visit.

Here are a few of our local favorites:

  • Hello Jackson is a blog maintained by a Union employee that highlights local places to eat and shop.
  • Tulum Fresh Mexican Grill is a local favorite, boasting the best fish tacos in Jackson! 71 Carriage House Drive. Under $10 per entrée
  • Thai Cafe is great for authentic Thai food. Their shrimp pad thai is real treat! Their servings are big, so bring a friend. 605 Carriage House. $10-$15 per entrée
  • The Baker's Rack is the perfect place for a southern breakfast or lunch! This Jackson treasure is run by the sweetest people you'll ever meet. Heads up though, they're only open on weekdays! 203 E Lafayette St. Under $10 per entrée
  • Sakura Japanese Restaurant is a sushi hotspot in Jackson. With a giant menu of creative rolls, you will surely find a favorite. Try the Joyce Roll! 70 Carriage House Dr. $10-15 per entrée
  • ComeUnity Cafe is a cafe that offers weekday lunch and Saturday brunch at an affordable price with a unique mission to feed the Jackson community.

*If you are dining in at a restaurant, it is customary to tip your servers. 15% of you bill is expected.


For groceries in Jackson, you have a couple of options:

  • Kroger is the most popular grocery store in Jackson. They have several locations - even one in walking distance from campus.
  • Wal-Mart is America's anything store. You will find everything from food and clothing, to electronics and sporting goods. (Fair warning though, Wal-Mart can be quite overwhelming to some international students.) 2196 Emporium Drive
  • Jackson Farmer's Market is where you will find the freshest local produce. Open every Saturday in downtown Jackson. 91 New Market Street.


There are two major places to shop in Jackson.

  • The Old Hickory Mall is Jackson's only mall. In it, you will find stores like: Macy's, American Eagle Outfitters, Foot Locker, and Aéropostale.
  • The Columns is a small outdoor shopping center within walking distance from campus located on Vann Drive. Here you will find shops like Old Navy, Rue 21, and a Gap Outlet.

Memphis/Nashville Attractions

Jackson sits in between two of the most famous music cities in the country: Memphis and Nashville. Both cities have many diverse cultural and dining experiences. They are both great for a day trip or a weekend getaway.


Memphis: Follow signs for Interstate 40 W

  • The Memphis Zoo - Memphis is also home a nationally renowned zoo. There are over 500 different species of animal at this zoo, including a new grizzly bear exhibit. Visit www.memphiszoo.org for more info on tickets and events.
  • The National Civil Rights Museum - This is a one of a kind facility that showcases the struggle for civil rights in the United States. The museum is housed in the renovated Lorraine Motel, which is the very hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Visit www.civilrightsmuseum.org for info on tours.
  • Graceland - Elvis Presley holds the title of "The King of Rock and Roll," and he made his mark from Memphis. You can tour his legendary home to find out more about why they call him the King! Visit www.elvis.com for more information.
  • Winchester Farmer's Market - Craving a familiar food from home? Visit one of the large international food market in Memphis. You may find your favorite food ingredient here. 6616 Winchester Rd, Memphis, TN 38115, (901) 795-1525

Nashville: Follow signs for Interstate 40 E

  • Country Music Hall of Fame - You can hear the story of how country music came about and how it has grown into what it is today. Visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org for more info!
  • The Nashville Parthenon - This is a full size replica of the original, ancient Greek architecture. There is an art museum inside. Visit http://www.nashville.gov/parthenon/ for more info!
  • The Grand Ole Opry - This is a Nashville standard. The Opry is a concert venue that has hosted some of the greatest names in country music since 1925. For more info, visit www.opry.com

Local Churches

Jackson is home to a number of healthy churches in which to participate. List of local churches