Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (UAHC) is
one of the nation's leading public universities. For more than fifty years, UACH
has been evolving to meet the social, economic and technological demands of Chihuahua's
ever-changing economy and community.
UACH does not provide student housing, but it is possible to rent an apartment
or live with a host family. In fact, there are many apartments and houses near the
university that can be rented. With plenty of supermarkets, restaurants, bookstores,
laundry mats, etc., in the campus vicinity, students can find everything they need
to live comfortably. Local services, such as security patrol, street lighting, a
convenient highway system, telephone services, and cable, are first-class and cheaper
than in other states in Mexico. Apartment-style housing is available for up to three
exchange students per unit. Students usually have their own room in these fully-furnished
apartments. Cooking utensils are provided, though many prefer to purchase meals
at the student dining hall. Room and board rates depend on the arrangement between
schools for exchange students.
Population: 671, 790
Chihuahua occupies an area of 244,938 square kilometers, making it the largest
state in Mexico (nearly 13% of Mexico’s total land space). It is located south of
Texas, and borders Sonora and Durango to the west and Coahuila to the east. The
climate is dry to semi-arid with regular rainfall during summer and temperatures
ranging from extremely hot to extremely cold. Chihuahua is well known for the Copper
Canyon, which is almost 300 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon. Also Chihuahua is
famous for cattle breeding, apple crops and dairy products. Chihuahua City was officially
founded at the start of the eighteenth century, and its historic buildings are scattered
around the busy downtown area. Chihuahua's atmosphere is truly Mexican and deeply
patriotic, which adds remarkably to its sense of history. Its remoteness from the
traditional colonial heartland means that it hosts fewer tourists than its colonial
Banks with ATM machines can be found throughout Chihuahua City. During business
hours, the “Casas de Cambio” (banks) will buy traveler's checks or cash.
For culture and entertainment enthusiasts, Chihuahua City offers bars, cafes,
night clubs, theaters, museums and galleries. Several restaurants offering a rich
variety of regional, national and international cuisine are the delight of locals.
First-class movie theaters, bowling alleys and shopping malls are some of the facilities
that can be found in Chihuahua City.
Only three hours southwest of Chihuahua City, adventurers can explore Copper
Canyon. The entire Copper Canyon region comprises almost a third of the state. The
Samalayuca Desert is only 300 km. north of the city. The sand dunes can be seen
for almost 8 km along the highway, with high dunes only a few steps from the roadside.
Although many parts of Mexico have deserts, very few of them are as arid and have
hills of fine sand like this one.
Paquime ruins are about 300 km northwest of the capital city. Paquime was a pre-hispanic
city, and its cultural influence can be felt throughout Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico,
as well as Arizona and New Mexico in the U.S.