Congratulations on your choice to pursue higher education at the University of Idaho. As a resident, you’ll soon discover that Moscow is a great place to call home. We care about our community’s reputation as a safe, friendly, inclusive, and vibrant place to live, and invite you to be part of it. Among the many events that showcase Moscow’s unique identity and help newcomers develop their sense of belonging are:
- Art Walk
- Holiday Lights Parade
- Jazz Fest
- Renaissance Fair
- Rendezvous in the Park
- Vandal home games
Our City’s Police, Parks and Recreation, Water, Community Development, Fire, Finance/Utility Billing, and Arts Departments are available to answer questions and offer advice about becoming involved in community activities. The City of Moscow and University of Idaho have a long history of working together to help build beneficial relationships among longtime residents and newcomers, including students. Familiarity with the ground rules can help.
- Bike Licenses
- Community Involvement
- Open Containers
- Public Transportation
- Smart Neighboring Tips
- Smoking Ban
- Snow Removal
- Underage Drinking
Moscow is a great place to ride a bike! Residents of Moscow, including students living on-campus and in other areas of the City, are required to license their bikes. Licensing is the best way to identify and recover your bike if it is lost or stolen. The cost is only $7 for a lifetime license. You can get one at the Moscow Police Department downtown. For more information, call 208-883-7054.
The City of Moscow is always seeking volunteers for citizen commissions. Most have seats for students who are enrolled in secondary education programs at least three-quarters time. For more information visit the Commissions page to fill out an application or call 208-883-7000. Successful applicants are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
City of Moscow Contacts
- Emergency: 911
- General Information: 208-883-7000
- University of Idaho - Student Affairs: 208-885-6757
- Utility Billing: 208-883-7040
We all need to cut loose once in a while, but remember to be a good neighbor and keep the noise down! Moscow City Code prohibits loud, raucous, or boisterous noise which could be considered unreasonable. Police Officers are authorized to cite individuals who knowingly violate the noise ordinance, so keep your neighbors happy and your money in your pocket! For more information, call 208-882-2677.
Open Container Law
Whether you are 21 years old or not, it is unlawful for anyone to carry any intoxicating beverage in an open container in any public place, except in an appropriately licensed establishment or when proper permits have been approved. For more information, call 208-882-2677.
Tree lawns are located throughout the City between the street curb and sidewalks. Parking on tree lawns is prohibited. Park in designated areas and avoid a ticket! For more information, call 208-882-2677.
The City contracts with Valley Transit to provide bus service in the Moscow area. Valley Transit provides Dial-A-Ride, fixed route and intercity service to Lewiston and Clarkston. The Dial-a-Ride system combines the services of a bus and a taxi, as riders call in advance to schedule rides and are picked up at their home and taken to their destination. Fixed route and intercity schedules are posted on the Valley Transit website. City Route Maps are also available in City Hall. Several private taxi services are available as well. For more information, call 208-883-7447.
Smart Neighboring Tips
- Introduce yourself. Meet your neighbors. A simple "hello" goes a long way. This is the first step in building a good relationship. If your neighbor knows your name, academic major, hometown, and something about you as a person, they will start to see you as the unique individual you are, and not "just another student."
- Keep neighbors informed. Contact them before undertaking something that might affect them... like hosting a big party, building a fence, or getting a dog.
- Be aware of neighborhood expectations and City ordinances. Know local laws, homeowner association covenants, and general expectations of the neighborhood to make your stay more pleasant.
- Be aware of differences between you and your neighbors, while building on what you have in common. Age, faith, ethnic background, and family status can significantly affect how one goes about their daily life. Be aware of the differences - as well as the similarities - between you and your neighbors.
- Ask how you can help. Neighborly gestures contribute to a positive and welcoming environment for all!
- Be candid. If your neighbors do something that bothers you, let them know. If you cannot work out a compromise to your dispute, take advantage of confidential mediation services offered by the University of Idaho Legal Aid Clinic at 208-885-6541 or phone one of the mediation services listed in the phone directory.
- Occupancy limit: Residential neighborhoods have limits on how many unrelated individuals may reside together in a single dwelling unit. That number ranges from four to six, depending on the zoning, with some legal exceptions. If you live off campus, please be sure that you don’t exceed the allowable number of roommates for your neighborhood. To learn more, contact the Community Development Department at 883-7022 and/or review Chapters 2 and 11 of the Municipal Zoning Code.
- When enjoying student rivalries, be a good sport. Enjoy the game for its own sake with consideration for fairness, ethics, and a neighborly respect for visiting teams and schools while showing off this wonderful and welcoming community we call home.
Smoking Ban in Bars & Private Clubs
Save your breath! In 2009, Moscow banned smoking in bars and private clubs in order to provide breathable, clean, smoke-free air and to protect the health of residents, employees and guests. Smoking is also prohibited in restaurants and within 20 feet of the doors of those establishments where smoking is prohibited by the Idaho Clean Air Act. For more information, call 208-882-2677.
It snows in Moscow! When it does, you’ll see City crews and citizens out plowing and shoveling the white stuff. After it snows, major streets are plowed first and kept as clear as possible, with residential streets given the next priority. It is the duty of the adjacent property owners and renters to keep sidewalks clear, so put on your stocking cap and boots, grab your shovel and get some exercise! Hot chocolate tastes better after shoveling snow!
To report a street or sidewalk in need of snow removal or if you know of someone who needs help with snow removal please contact the Moscow Police Department at 208-882-2677.
As in the rest of Idaho, you must be 21 years old to drink alcoholic beverages in Moscow. This includes drinking on private property. In addition to fines and other punishment, under-age alcohol offenses carry penalties that can affect your right to be licensed to drive a car and could put a student’s scholarship at risk. For more information, call 208-882-2677.
The City supplies off-campus students with utility services for water, sewer and garbage (sanitation utility) collection. One phone call to the City’s Finance Department at 208-883-7040 allows you to apply for new service, transfer service from one location to another, update your telephone number or mailing address, cancel service or retrieve account balances, or request payment and usage history. The City also offers online billing and payment options through the City’s website.