Welcome to Cowtown: What to do in your first week in Fort Worth

Calling college co-eds — this easy guide with places to eat, shop, explore, and play will help you feel like a local in your new town.

TCU Campus

The local universities aren’t the only things that make Fort Worth fun. | Photo by FTWtoday

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It’s officially college move-in season, and we want to say “Welcome to Cowtown” to our new arrivals at TCU, Texas Wesleyan, and TCC — and anyone else starting a new chapter in Fort Worth. Whether you grew up far away or already call Fort Worth home, we are so excited you’re here.

We understand that starting school is a lot of change at the same time and taking on the 12th largest city in the country can feel a bit overwhelming. We put together an ultimate City Guide to help you out in your first few weeks. These articles also contain interactive maps to help you get your bearings — soon, you’ll be navigating Panther City like a pro.

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For when the cafeteria isn’t cutting it. | Photo by FTWtoday


We don’t know about you, but trying to unpack and cook is a no-go. Fuel up for any meal:

FTW-Clearfork Farmers Market

Stock up on Saturdays for the whole week. | Photo provided by The Clearfork Farmers Market


Time to stock up. Find fresh food for your pantry and unique, discounted home goods for your new apartment or dorm:


Campus is beautiful, but so are the many natural parks around town.

Photo provided by the City of Fort Worth


Your world doesn’t have to stop at the edge of campus — save these off-campus study spots for when the library is packed and get out and about with these:

Dickies Arena

Keep an eye open for student tickets and discounts. | Photo via @arcpointstudios


With a couple more weeks until football season, you’re going to need something to do besides homework. Take a peek at these:

Students — we hope your next four years are wonderful + you come to love Fort Worth as much as we do. Faithful readers — help us welcome the new arrivals by sharing this article with a friend.

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