Life in Albuquerque for ASP Students
Transition to Albuquerque

Albuquerque is enjoying an increase in population with the entry of the film industry to the area as well as more technological jobs. With a metropolitan area population of almost 800,000 residents, Albuquerque ranks as the 32nd largest city in the USA and is recognized as one of the most diverse cities in the country. It is home to the University of New Mexico, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and Petroglyph National Monument.


Steeped in history, the city of Albuquerque was established over 300 years ago, but human settlements date back 12,000 years. It is nestled between the towering Sandia Mountains to the East and ancient volcanoes to the West. In between lies the Rio Grande River Valley, full of human history and towering cottonwood and elm trees.


Albuquerque’s climate is usually sunny and dry, with low relative humidity. The brilliant sunshine and blue sky defines the region, averaging nearly 300 days of sun a year with four distinct seasons! Winters do have cold nights: December and January daytime temperatures average 40 to 50 Fahrenheit and the overnight lows drop into the teens and 20s. Spring is usually windy yet warm and the driest part of the

  year, while summer is considered our wettest time of the year. Summer daytime highs are in the 90s, nights in the 60s to 70s. Most rain occurs during the summer monsoon season, typically starting in early July and ending in mid-September. Low humidity and the afternoon showers moderate the summer heat. Fall welcomes warm days and cool nights with less rain.

Points of Interest

There are a variety of activities in Albuquerque. Whether you are taking a hot-air balloon flight over the scenic Rio Grande Valley, mountain biking in the Sandia Mountains, or strolling through Old Town, you will find Albuquerque offers a real breath of fresh air.

Home to over 300 visual arts, music, dance, literary, film, ethnic and craft organizations, festivals, and associations, Albuquerque also has many museums, galleries, shops, and other points of interest including the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and the Museum of Natural History and Science. The majority of locally-owned boutiques and fine dining establishments are scattered throughout Downtown, Old Town, Nob Hill, and ABQ Uptown. Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded in 1706. Today, Old Town is the city’s cultural center, with five museums and more than 100 shops, galleries, and restaurants. ABQ Uptown is an up and coming location that offers upscale yet relaxed open-air lifestyle shopping, entertainment, and dining.


Albuquerque has numerous city parks, bike paths, and hiking areas scattered throughout the metro area. With an extensive web of safe, paved bike trails throughout the city and a network of mountain biking trails in the Sandia and Manzano foothills, Albuquerque consistently ranks as one of the “best places to bike” in the nation. Many outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy hiking in the mountains or along the Rio Grande River on the Bosque trail.

Old Town Albuquerque


The Institute does not have student lodging or cooking facilities, but there are many homes, apartments, motels, hotels, and restaurants within a few miles. There are several apartment complexes within walking distance of the Institute. A limited number of area homes rent an extra bedroom to students of The Ayurvedic Institute; upon acceptance into ASP, we send you a housing list with a variety of options.

The Cost of Living Index places Albuquerque at 4.5% below the USA average for living costs with the only significant variance being for costs of transportation; petroleum costs are low, but mass transit is not highly available as

compared to other major cities. A polling of our most recent students averaged the cost of living at around $1,150 a month.

When looking at the cost of living, please consider factoring in conscientious choices such as organic produce and Ayurvedic lifestyle supplies (oils, herbs, etc.). Our students are often able to find simple one-bedroom living spaces within a short distance of campus for $400 to $600 a month, and will often find creative solutions for house sharing, ridesharing, cycling, potlucks, and farmer’s market trips.

Getting Around in ABQ

Rental cars, the public bus system, taxis, Uber, car-pooling, bicycles, and walking are all transportation options. It is possible for students to live without a car in Albuquerque, as there is plenty of housing within walking and biking distance of the Institute, as well as grocery stores, a library, and restaurants.

  However, for those who are accustomed to larger cities with extensive public transportation, the systems in Albuquerque will seem quite limited. Buses generally run from the early morning until around 7 PM on weekdays, with more limited hours on the weekends. Bus stops are quite close to the Institute.
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