Life in Lexington

Lexington is a walkable town in the blue ridge mountains of Virginia. Students love it for the...

  • Fresh air  
  • Short commute time
  • Breweries
  • Coffee shops and bakeries
  • Music culture
  • Outdoors - mountains, rivers, the Appalachian Trail
  • Affordability community        

Downtown Lexington

Lexington is a bustling place with an active community. 


Coffee Shops and Bakeries


There are many restaurants in Lexington, including casual and fine dining, and many source local ingredients:

  • TAPS
  • Bistro on Main
  • Pure Eats
  • Heliotrope
  • The Red Hen 
  • Legendary Eats  
  • Lex Bowls
  • The Palms
  • The Greek diner, Niko's
  • Napa Thai
  • Sushi Matsumoto
  • Globowl Cafe
  • Wood Fire Pizza at Salerno
  • And more!

Lexington and Rockbridge County is home to a number of breweries and wineries. Heliotrope and Brew Ridge Taps are both downtown. There's also Devil's Backbone and Great Valley Farm Brewery, just outside of town. 


There is plenty of shopping right in town, including books, art, clothing and any number of specialty shops:

  • Lex Running Shop
  • Walkabout Outfitters
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • The Bookery
  • Books and Co.
  • Sugar Maple Trading Company
  • And many, many more.

Living in Lexington

Most students live in town--a ten to fifteen-minute walk away from the law school. They rent houses or apartments. In Lexington, more space is available for less rent. Visit our housing in Lexington wepbage for more information.

The Great Outdoors                                                                         

Getting outdoors is easy. One of the closest trail heads-House Mountain-is a fifteen-minute drive away.  Other outdoor hikes and walks include:

  • Cole Mountain
  • Devil's Marbleyard 
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Panther Falls 
  • North Mountain
  • The Chessie Nature Trail 

A great place to start exploring the area is the W&L Outing Club Page.                                                                            

The Arts

The landscape attracts artists to this area. There area a number of galleries in downtown Lexington and in Staunton, a nearby town. But there are also:

  • Concerts  
  • Ballets
  • Plays
  • Author talks

Many can be found at the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts. Others can be found at American Shakespeare Center in Staunton which performs the plays of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries.                                  

Come experience the seasons in Lexington with us!