Local Atmosphere

Columbus, OH
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Parking is a mess in the city. And so is driving. On campus, it's not that bad, but it's easier to walk or bike. There are an incredible amount of events and activities to engross oneself in, but with big city comes some dangers.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Highly considering staying after college

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The real downsides are just the ugliness of the area and the distance to the shopping centers, where pretty much everything is located. It seems the only real convenient places are University owned, which will price gouge you.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Students tend to keep to themselves when going off campus; it's not very safe in some areas such as past 4th street, especially at night.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is amazing. Columbus is a vibrant community. There are always events on campus but when you leave the confines of campus, you will see that there are countless things to do. Just miles from campus are shopping malls, dance clubs, art galleries, professional sports events and incredibly delicious restaurants. There is never a dull moment in the city.


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Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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Concerts, theatres, a zoo, malls, museums, and just about anything else can be found within the confines of Columbus. There are always numerous activities and events taking place, giving residents a variety of entertainment options to choose from. The Buckeye vibe permeates all of the surrounding area, and students see Columbus as a friendly town. Don't be fooled by the Midwest stigma of blandness or ignorance-most of the townies are glad to see you, and they will greet you with a smile. Columbus also sees a surprising number of cultural and entertainment events each year. With a wide variety of music scenes, numerous touring theater groups, and local sports teams, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The city is also very close-albeit, by vehicle-to cities such as Cleveland and Cincinnati, which provide even more activities. A weekend trip to one of these cities is not at all out of the question and will allow you to see concerts and sporting events you might have missed otherwise.

You cannot discuss the local atmosphere without discussing Buckeye sports. Foremost of these is football, obviously, and during football Saturdays, everyone watches the game-and we mean everyone. If you're looking to get shopping done, game day is the perfect time to do it. Be sure to get back in before the game ends, however, since roads in Columbus become massive parking lots as 105,000 people try to drive home afterward.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus.
  2. Columbus is the state capital, and it is Ohio's largest city.
  3. David Harrison of Columbus owns the patent on the soft toilet seat. Over one million are sold every year.
  4. Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's in 1969 in Columbus.
  5. The Columbus Clippers, a AAA team, is a developing league for the New York Yankees.
Notable Natives
  • George Bellows
  • James "Buster" Douglas
  • Archie Griffin
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Wayne "Woody" Hayes
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • James Thurber
  • Of A Revolution (OAR) - rock band
Local Slang
  • C-Bus: Abbreviation for Columbus
  • Pop: The correct way to order a Coke or Pepsi
  • That State up North: Michigan
Points of Interest
  • Brewery District
  • Columbus Zoo and Zumbezi Bay
  • The Gateway (shopping, dining, residential area)
  • Ohio Stadium (aka the Shoe)
  • Olentangy River
  • The Oval
  • The Short North Historic Town
  • Wexner Center for the Arts
Shopping Centers
  • Columbus City Center
  • Easton Town Center
  • Lennox Shopping Center
  • Polaris Shopping Mall
  • Short North
  • Tuttle Crossing Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Lennox Town Center 24
777 Kinnear Rd.
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Arena Grand Theatre
175 W Nationwide
(614) 470-9900
Movie Theaters
Landmark's Gateway Theater
1550 N. High St. (South Campus Gateway)
(614) 545-2255
Major Sports Teams
  • Cincinnati Bengals: football
  • Cincinnati Reds: baseball
  • Cleveland Browns: football
  • Cleveland Indians: baseball
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: hockey
  • Columbus Clippers: minor league baseball
  • Columbus Crew: soccer
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cincinnati: OH: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Cleveland: OH: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 211 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 211 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 6% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 6% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 85% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 210 responses

  • 10% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 41% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 50% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 210 responses

  • 12% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 33% Totally.



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