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A Guide to Winston-Salem

Wake Forest Law’s hometown, Winston-Salem, is a culturally rich mid-size city in the Piedmont Triad area of  North Carolina. With a population of 232,000, Winston-Salem has outstanding resources in the arts, medicine and health care research.  The area boasts a very moderate climate, with an average summer temperature of 73.9 degrees fahrenheit and an average winter temperature of 45.3 degrees fahrenheit. Located about three miles from the Reynolda Campus, downtown Winston-Salem is a thriving area that includes galleries and shops; indoor and outdoor performance spaces and museums; hotels, restaurants and sidewalk cafes and a greenway that traverses the Old Salem district. The city offers an  active cultural life and numerous opportunities for recreation and study. In 2012, Winston Salem and Wake Forest University were featured in the October issue of U.S. Airways magazine. North Carolina, home to Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University, has long been known as one of the most beautiful of the fifty states. The State has often been referred to as the “Variety Vacationland” because of the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountain ranges in the west, the Outer Banks and the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in the east, and the rolling  Piedmont hills in the center of  the state.

Winston-Salem, A Family-Friendly Environment

Kenichi Kunikane (Japan) brought his family to WFU for his year of LL.M. Studies

Many of our incoming LL.M. students  choose to come to Winston-Salem with their families. With its safe, family friendly environment, low cost of living and variety of activities, Winston-Salem has consistently been ranked by many publications as one of the best cities to live in the U.S. and even the world.  Some of these rankings include Bloombergs,  Businessweek’s “50 Best Cities”,  ”Top 10 Most Fun Affordable Cities“,  ”World’s Cheapest Cities for Expensive Living”  and CNN Money’s  ”Best U.S. Cities to Live and Launch“.

Affordable Living

Although Wake Forest University does not offer on campus housing for graduate students there are many choices of comfortable, affordable housing in Winston-Salem. The International Graduate Program’s office offers assistance to all incoming students in finding appropriate housing and additional information can be found at:


Winston Salem is home to many great local restaurants and bars. For more information, check out our Winston-Salem Restaurant Guide. Also check out this local blog for restaurant recommendations.


There are many activities in Winston-Salem and nearby cities which you and your family can participate in throughout the year. More information on these activities and detailed contact information can be found on Visit Winston Salem.  Additional information can be found at:


Many of WFU’s international students enroll their children in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system. Our office is available to assist you in enrolling your pre-school and school aged children in the Winston-Salem schools and more information can be found at

 Community Resources

Winston Salem is home to two hospitals, the Forsyth Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, which was recently ranked one of the best hospitals by U.S.News and World Report in 12 adult and 3 pediatric specialties. There are  many opportunities for continuing education in the area,  to include English as a Second Language/English Literacy classes and programs at various Higher Educational Institutions such as Forsyth TechWinston Salem State University and Salem College.