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Information for International Students: Jackson and Tennessee

A guide to help international students get started doing research, learn about American culture, find news from home and more.



The majority of people get around Jackson in their own vehicles; however, there is also a bus service.  Visit for more information.

If you need a taxi, call 731.423.TAXI (8294) for Affordable Taxi Service.  Call anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Megabus is an economy bus service that runs all over the country.  The closest Megabus stops are Memphis and Nashville.  This is a safe, reliable, and inexpensive way to travel.

Also, feel free to check out the Union Ride Board group on Facebook.  It is an easy way to connect with rides for holidays.  Search “Union Ride Board” on Facebook for more information.


The closest international airports to fly into are:

•     Memphis International Airport (MEM) ~1.5 hrs from Jackson

•     Nashville International Airport (BNA)  ~2 hrs from Jackson

Jackson is also home to a regional airport, The McKellar Sipes Regional Airport.  MKL flies to Memphis, Nashville, and Atlanta on a regular schedule.  Visit for more information.

Union University International Student Links


Average temperatures (in Fahrenheit):

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

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




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

Memphis and 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 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 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 for more information.

Winchester Farmer’s MarketCraving 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 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 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

Dining and Shopping in Jackson

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:

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

*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 Farmers 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.