Relocating to DFW

Why This Guide?

Relocating for a career can create a lot of stress and we want to help you make the process as smooth as possible. We created this guide to help our applicants with understanding the North Texas area as well as our UNT community prior to moving. From potential cities to live in and cost of living, to how to find housing and available grocery stores, this guide contains useful information to help make moving to DFW less daunting and more exciting!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Library Administrative Services Coordinator at, or the Director of Library Administrative Services at


Welcome to UNT! The University of North Texas (Denton) is our main campus, and is part of the University of North Texas System which includes University of North Texas (UNT), UNT Health Science Center, and UNT Dallas. UNT also has Frisco and Discovery Park campuses.

To help you get to know UNT better, we’ve included a few resources.

Campus and Culture

UNT System

Understanding Dallas-Fort Worth


Dallas Newcomer + Relocation Guide

One of the best resources for relocating to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. For your convenience, we’ve linked to the specific pages of the guide in relevant sections of this document.

Includes comprehensive information about cities and towns in the area with demographic information, county and community information, housing, public transportation options and information for car owners, explanation of common roads and Toll Tags, school districts and schooling options, senior care and living, parks, culture, and more.

Say Yes to Dallas

A companion website to the Dallas Newcomer + Relocation Guide.

Discover Denton

A city visitor website with information about Denton including transportation options, things to do, and upcoming events.

Destination Denton Area Guide

Area guide for Denton with information about housing, education, and more.

Visit Fort Worth

An visual guide from the City of Fort Worth with a map of the various neighborhoods and districts and a list of their highlights, arts and cultural offerings, and attractions. Also, includes a list of yearly events in the city.

Discover Fort Worth

Presented by Visit Fort Worth with information about what makes Fort Worth unique place to live or visit.

The Metroplex

Dallas-Fort Worth, or DFW, is a metroplex filled with a number of cities, towns, and municipalities. (Some may refer to the whole metroplex as Dallas, some may refer to us as Fort Worth, and some even use DFW or North Texas.)

To help you make sense of it all, we recommend pages 17-75 of the Dallas Newcomer + Relocation Guide, which offers helpful insight into each of the areas that make up this unique metroplex, starting with Dallas and expanding to our other cities and communities.

Check out pages 55-56 of the guide for a list of cities and towns close to Denton campus and Denton County demographic and average cost information.

Many UNT employees live in Denton. However, a large number live outside the city. We’ve included a

list of commutable cities and towns below to help you with your choice of where to live.

Distance is approximate and dependent on where in the city you’re located, and the route taken to Denton’s main campus. These are not all the areas, but the most prominent when viewing a map of

DFW. This does not account for smaller cities and towns within each city or surrounding the cities listed. Please consult the Dallas Newcomer + Relocation Guide for more information or view the DFW Metroplex Map.

50 mi
pop. 392,786
Visit Arlington
25 mi
pop. 133,251
Newcomers Guide
35 mi
pop. 25,986
The Colony
28 mi
pop. 45,000 Visit The Colony
27mi, pop. 42,221
Discover Coppell
7 mi,
pop. 22,690
42 mi,
1.288 million Visit Dallas
Farmers Branch
28 m
pop. 36,442 Discover Farmers
Fort Worth
36 mi
pop. 935,508
Visit Fort Worth
25 mi
pop. 210,719
Visit Frisco Guide
45 mi
pop. 242,035
Visit Garland
31 mi
pop. 50,872 Discover Grapevine
HEB 40 mi
Hurst | pop 40,055
Euless |pop. 60,500
Bedford |pop. 49,187
40 mi
pop. 254,198
Visit Irving
27 mi
pop. 45,937 Keep It In Keller
17 mi
pop. 112,944
Visit Lewisville
45 mi
pop. 202,690
Visit McKinney
North Richland Hills
40 mi
pop. 70,209 Things to Do
38 mi
pop. 288,253
Visit Plano
40 mi
pop. 116,382
Visit Richardson

Getting Here


DFW International (DFW) is our main airport and the 4^th^ busiest airport in the US. Dallas Love Field (DAL) is a smaller, regional airport and hub for Southwest Flights.

For more information about airports, destinations, and non-stop flight times, visit pages 90-95 of the Dallas Newcomer + Relocation Guide.

Commute & Public Transportation Information

Pages 82-89 of the Dallas Newcomer + Relocation Guide provide in-depth information about highway names and their aliases, travel time for commuters, public transportation options, Toll Tags, and highways and construction projects.

If you’re new to Texas, visit TxDMV’s New to Texas resource guide for information on how to obtain a new driver’s license, registration, and everything you need. For additional reference, page 182 provides state laws regarding vehicle insurance, inspection, and registration.

Pro Tip! Your UNT ID gives you free access to the DCTA buses.

Cost of Living and Housing

Use the Cost of Living Index Calculator to help determine the cost difference between your current location and DFW.

Visit p. 116-131 of the Dallas Newcomer + Relocation Guide for comprehensive information about buying a home, utility costs, renting an apartment, and senior living options.

You may also find Zillow and useful while researching housing options in the metroplex.

Ready to move? Check out the moving checklist and what to do during your first 30 days in DFW.

Resources for Parents

Early Childhood

UNT offers free Complete Care to faculty, staff, and students. Complete Care pairs UrbanSitter’s

childcare, pet care, senior care, and household services with Kinside’s marketplace of daycares and preschools to bring you the very best coverage for all your needs. No matter the scenario, find the care that fits your budget, schedule, location, and preferences.


A comprehensive guide to North Texas school districts, charter schools, private schools, alternative education options, and higher education is available on pages 94-115 of the Dallas Newcomer + Relocation Guide. There’s also information about high schools and an explanation of the Foundation High School Program requirements, which prepare students for industry certifications and higher education.

Additional Comforts

These lists provide a sample of what is available in the DFW metroplex.


  • Barnes & Noble
  • Books-A-Million
  • Half Price Books
  • Recycled Books
  • Patchouli Joe’s Books
  • Lucky Dog Books
  • The Dock Bookshop

and many other booksellers in the metroplex.

Furniture and Home Furnishings

The stores listed below are located throughout the metroplex unless otherwise noted. Each municipality may have additional furniture and home furnishing options.

  • Ashley Furniture
  • At Home
  • Bassett Furniture
  • BT Furnishings
  • Canales
  • Conn’s Home
  • The Dump Furniture Outlet (Irving)
  • Haverty’s
  • HomeGoods
  • Home Zone Furniture
  • IKEA
  • Living Spaces
  • Kirkland’s Home
  • Pottery Barn (and Pottery Barn Outlet)
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart (The Colony)
  • Rooms-To-Go

Grocery Stores

Below is a list of various stores in the area. Each municipality may have additional food, grocery, and farmer’s market options.

  • Albertsons
  • ALDI
  • Central Market
  • Costco
  • Denton Community Market (Farmer’s Market)
  • El Rancho Supermercado
  • Fiesta Mart
  • HEB
  • H-Mart
  • Hong Kong Market Place
  • Indo Pak Supermarket
  • Komark Marketplace
  • Kroger
  • La Michoacana
  • Mitsuwa Marketplace
  • Sam’s
  • Sprouts
  • Target
  • Teso Life
  • Tom Thumb
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods
  • WinCo Foods
  • World Market
  • 99 Ranch


Things to Do & See

While pages 132-142 of the Guide provide an overview of things to do in the metroplex, we’ve curated a list of additional notable things to do and see.

Art, History, and Science Museums


Fort Worth


Amusement Parks


Fairs and Festivals


Performing Arts


Fort Worth

Additional Cities

Stadiums & Venues



Fort Worth


  • The Star (aka Cowboys World Headquarters & practice facility)