Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS) campus is located at Jl . Ahmad Yani , Pabelan , Kartasura Surakarta . SPs - UMS is in Campus II UMS . The campus is located on the edge of the main highway that connects the city of Surakarta in Yogyakarta / Semarang . Therefore , all the good public transport from Yogyakarta or Semarang can be dropped directly in front of the UMS campus . If from Airport Adisumarmo , can use a taxi to campus approximately reached within 15 ( fifteen ) minutes. If from Train Station Balapan of Solo, can use a taxi to campus approximately reached within 20 ( two recovered minutes ) . Likewise, from the Bus Terminal Tirtonadi Solo , can use a taxi to the campus more or less taken for 20 ( twenty ) minutes.

LIVING IN SOLO

Living in Solo can be a life-changing experience. Visitors from abroad can immerse themselves in the delights of Javanese culture – whether it be studying traditional Javanese dance; learning the refinements of Javanese language; listening to the exotic sounds of the gamelan music; experiencing the rejuvenating qualities of a traditional spa; or simply sampling the unique local cuisine. Solo has a charming atmosphere, its people are friendly and refined, and culture runs deep through every part of life in Solo.

Solo is also a place of opposites, merging traditional culture with modern lifestyles; in some places vibrant, in others calming and tranquil. Recently, Solo has undergone considerable growth and visitors can now experience the best of both worlds, with access to all the perks of modern life while experiencing an ancient culture. One of the most charming features of the city is its laid-back atmosphere. And one of the favorite past times of Solonese people is to simply take the time to relax and enjoy life. Surrounded by such a rich culture and variety of sensory pleasures, it is easy to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Solo.


 

Side Trips

Located just one hour from Solo is the mystical Mount Lawu, with its enigmatic ancient temples and breathtaking views. Mountain worship is an important aspect of traditional Javanese mythology and pilgrims continue to climb Mount Lawu on certain auspicious days, to partake in the mountain’s powerful relationship with its people and gain mystical knowledge and insight. At night, visitors can enjoy equatorial views of the milky-way away from the lights of the city, as it sweeps across the night sky.


 

Studying the Arts

Traditionally, the Javanese arts formed an integral part of palace rituals. Some of the dances are said to be sacred and are only performed within the palace walls. The bedoyo and srimpi dances symbolize the courtship of the founder of the Mataram dynasty (Panembahan Senopati), with the goddess of the south sea; and are performed as a magically powerful ritual, legitimizing the kings right to rule. Nevertheless, many of the dances and music are now open to the public and foreign students from around the world visit Solo to study dance, wayang puppetry and gamelan music at the ISI college. This is an unforgettable experience, learning directly from some of Indonesia’s most eminent artists who teach at the college.


 

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Solo is far lower than in other cities in Indonesia. Solonese people are crazy about good cheap street food and when evening comes, people often cluster around the many popular food stalls. There is a plethora of transportation modes available from Becak (pedicabs), to mini-buses, taxis and trains. Alternatively, visitors can rent or buy motorcycles, which are very easy to re-sell.


 
Food

Sampling different kinds of cuisine is a favorite pastime of Solonese people. An amazing array of delicacies are available such as tahu kupat, made from fried tofu, pressed rice pieces, noodles and roasted nuts. Served with Sumatran kopi and a late morning snack of fresh jackfruit, this makes an excellent breakfast. Nasi liwet, Solonese style coconut rice served with green papaya and chicken, is another favorite. Or simply sample a plate of rice with eggplant and tofu stewed in red curry, served with soybean tempeh on the side; or lamb kebab served with lontong rice cakes. A favorite eating place is the lesehan food stalls, where customers can enjoy their meals by the side of the road, as they watch the play of life in Solo. A variety of desserts are also available, such as srabi (Solo pancakes with rice-custard) or kueh putu (milled rice steamed with Javanese sugar and coconut in a bamboo tube). Tropical mango, papaya and banana fruit juices or mixed herbal concoctions are said to boost stamina and virility.


 
Cultural tourism resorts you can visit :

Kasunanan Palace (Keraton Surakarta)

Kasunanan Palace is the icon of solo as cultural city. The palace still has King, Queen and their noble family but the governmental system has been replaced by the major of Solo and the local government preserves this palace as Solo cultural heritage. It was founded by Pakoe Boewono II in 1745 to replace the old palace in Kartosuro which is about 12 km from Solo to the West. There is an art gallery in the Kasunanan Palace to keep the reminders from the past of the empire like Kereta Kencana (the golden cart), various kinds of traditional weapons, leather puppet and many other antique collection that have aesthetic and historical value.

Pura Mangkunegaran

Pura Mangkunegaran was built by Raden Mas said, known as Pangeran Sambernyawa. It was built after the assignment of the agreement of Salatiga, March 13th, 1757. Raden Mas Said was then crowned as Pangeran Mangkoe Nagoro I. The Mangkunegaran Palace is divided into two main building, named pendopo and dalem. The most interesting thing from the palace is that it is made of whole teak wood.

Laweyan Batik Village

Laweyan is batik industry centre region by the concept of my house is my gallery, the house has double function, a batik showroom as well as a batik production house. It is popular also with the architecture of the buildings which is provided by high hedge or fortress caused the specify fight alleys.

Radya Pustaka Museum

Radya Pustaka is the oldest museum in Solo city. It has many collections of ancient manuscripts and books. There are antiquities, gamelan, keris, puppets, scroll of wayang beber, some Javanese and Dutch books exhibited in the museum. The museum has become information and learning medium for both domestic and foreign people.