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4 College Junior

Local Area: It's not urban, so it feels a lot safer actually. Like, walking somewhere alone never feels dangerous. The town is nice and small, but dense and really has everything you might need. There's even a really nice state park not ten miles away.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: small town but plenty of restaurants and stores

3 College Senior

Local Area: Some people are sketchy, some people are really great. There aren't that many things to do besides drink, eat or shop, though.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: I like Oxford, and there are things to do, but it gets old fast. Plus, Oxford is painfully inaccessible. It is far away from most everything. The problem with living in a college town like Oxford (at least for me) has been that there is no escape from Miami, everything revolves around Miami, even off-campus. It's a nice town, and there is a lot to do, but it gets old fast.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Best college town in the country (Just ask Forbes)


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The town in which Miami University is located can be described as a quintessential college town. Oxford is small and the majority of people who live here either attend or work for the University. The town is always full of college students, which is not a surprise since Oxford was founded as a home for the University.

But even though it is a very small town, students will be able to find everything they need for the typical college experience. Oxford is not only beautiful, but it is very welcoming, and the locals are helpful and seem to enjoy having the college students here. There is not a problem between the locals and Miami students, probably because just do not run into each other that much.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. William Holmes McGuffey, author of the McGuffey Eclectic Readers, lived in Oxford. His former home is now a museum and a national historic landmark.
  2. Former independent radio station 97.7 FM is featured in the movie Rainman when Dustin Hoffman's character repeats the catchphrase, "97x - BAM! The future of rock n' roll."
  3. Miami is nicknamed the "Cradle of Coaches" for the number of famous coaches, like Walter "Weeb" Ewbank, the only football coach to ever win AFL and NFL championship titles, with ties to the school.
  4. Financial hardships forced Miami to close following the Civil War from 1873 until 1885.
  5. Miami was an all-male university until October 1887, when Francis "Fannie" McFarland was admitted as the first female student.
Points of Interest
Hueston Woods State Park
Shopping Centers
  • Cincinnati Mall
  • Hicks Manor Shopping Center
  • Northedge Shopping Center
  • Northgate Mall
  • Tall Oaks Shopping Center
  • Tri-County Mall
Movie Theaters
Holiday Auto Theatre
1816 Old Oxford Rd.
(513) 929-2999
Movie Theaters
Kerasotes Cinema
877 NW Washington Blvd.
(513) 867-1212
Movie Theaters
Kerasotes Showplace 8
1453 Main St.
(513) 867-8005
Movie Theaters
Princess 4 Theatres
10 N Beech St. # 12
(513) 523-2188
Major Sports Teams
  • Cincinnati Bengals: NFL
  • Cincinnati Reds: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cincinnati: : 45 minutes
  • Dayton, Ohio: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 163 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 164 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 48% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 41% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 1% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 9% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 164 responses

  • 23% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 24% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 52% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 162 responses

  • 4% Totally.
  • 30% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 66% No way.



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