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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I have grown up in the area around campus and it is absolutely the best city to live in. There is constantly something going on that makes living here so enjoyable.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: I've always been able to find something to do on the weekends, when I'm not doing homework or studying.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are so many things to do on and around campus. n one semester, I have attended concerts and sporting events, gone shopping in multiple areas, and eaten in and around campus. There are a variety of ways to get around. Students can get access to the public bus system, can pay for an electric car, get taxis and ubers, and many areas are close enough to get to by bike. So far I have not run into problems with the local attitude toward students.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The Ohio State University is a wonderful place to begin to adapt to the circumstances of the real world. With an amazing student body and proud alumni, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: I really love it around the campus area. There is of course danger areas to be weary of, but for the most part on campus it is safe. The campus area is also relatively close to different markets, shopping centers, clubs, bars, and movie theaters. It is also close by to the Victorian Village. So if you want to live somewhere with peace and quiet, that is your place and its not a very far walk from campus. In the opposite direction is Goodale park, which is a great park to walk your pet, hang with friends, and where many parades and festivals are held. The bus system is free to OSU students, and can get you anywhere you need to go in Columbus if you don't have a car (can be a several hour trip though). Further down Columbus is most of the night life, clubs, gallery hops, restaurants, and cool little shops. There is also the North Market. The North Market has fresh veggies, meats, partisan breads, and food from all over the world. You can go there to eat Vietnamese one day and get Polish food the next. The only downside is parking is nonexistent around Columbus, and some areas are heavy crime areas to watch out for.


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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 235 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 237 responses

  • 84% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 8% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 6% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 237 responses

  • 48% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 42% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 236 responses

  • 31% Totally.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% No way.



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