Lawrence is really close to Kansas City, about 45 minutes from me. KU is an hour, but that's because it's on the other side of Lawrence. K-State is in Manhattan, KS, on the other side of Topeka. That's the vet school
I love Lawrence, it's a great "small town" atmosphere with a wonderful down town area. Lots of Victorian architecture. My kids didn't go to KU -we're not from KS, just live here now.