- SR 23 (High St) runs N/S directly in front of campus, beginning at Lane Ave going S. and King Ave going N. on High.
- SR 315 is west of the campus. Exit at W 12 St. takes you to the east side of campus and University Hospital.
- I-71 Exit on 5th Ave. Go west, takes you directly to High and campus.
- Greyhound Station, 111 East Town St, ☏ . Hours: 24 hours a day.
- 1 John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH IATA), 4600 International Gateway, ☏ . Direct flights to most major American cities. Aside from rental cars, the airport can also be reached by the #92 bus, or by taxi. A taxi ride to downtown is 10 minutes and will cost approximately $25. Depending on your schedule and where you are connecting to, it may be worthwhile to check flights to Dayton as well, as they are often cheaper.
Columbus downtown is a relaxed one hour walk away.
Driving in and around the University area, is not difficult, but you should use caution because of the number of students sometimes rushing to class or distracted by student responsibilities.
Once on the University grounds, parking is severely limited and being towed for improper parking, even for short periods is very common. Some areas require parking stickers and tow trucks cruise the area looking for offenders. Many spots just off the campus (High St.) are metered spots with a 1-hour limit. Perhaps the best deal for parking near campus is the South Campus Gateway Garage (corner of N. High Street & E. 11th Avenue) which charges $1 for the first 3 hours, and $1 per hour after that. There are also some spots in the area east of campus which don't require a residential permit nor are metered, however these spots are limited and they are also subject to seasonal street-sweeping restrictions.
Parking during Ohio State football games is a completely separate situation and you can except to pay a flat rate for parking in a garage or lot.
The COTA bus service, while not by any standard one of the greatest in the nation, can take you to most important places in the city, which should be about 5 blocks away from any conceivable location you need to go to. This service costs $2.00 for an express bus and $1.50 for a normal bus. Transfers are free; ask for one from the bus driver when you pay your fare.
Walking around the OSU area is more than common, many walkways exist (try to avoid alleys after dark), and the locals are very patient with those crossing streets. All in all, walking in the OSU area should be considered safe.
- 1 The Ohio State University, 154 W. 12th Ave (132 Enarson Hall), ☏ . OSU is the largest university in Ohio, and one of the largest universities in the USA.
- 2 Mirror Lake. A small and pleasant lake on the OSU campus. Free.
- 3 Ohio Union. The student union at OSU. A large building with visitor information and dining. The Ohio Union often hosts events.
- 4 The Oval. The central park and heart of the Ohio State University campus. Free.
- 5 [formerly dead link] William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. The central library of OSU. Students and visitors often rub the bust in the library entrance for luck.
- 6 Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), 1224 Kinnear Rd, ☏ . By appointment only, groups of 5 or more. Offers 1- to 2-hour-long tours including a decommissioned supercomputer. It is possible to ask for a extended tour to see operating supercomputers, but this requires a security screening procedure.
- 7 The Jack Nicklaus Museum, 2355 Olentangy River Rd, ☏ . A 24,000-square-foot educational and historical facility, on the history of golf.
- 8 Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Cartoon Museum). One of the world's largest public collection of cartoons and comic books.
- 1 Ohio Stadium (The Horseshoe), 411 Woody Hayes Drive. The home stadium for Ohio State Football. The stadium also hosts concerts and other events.
- Ohio State Marching Band. Sports games often feature the top tier Ohio State Marching Band.
- 2 Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, 55 Arena Dr (Take Lane Ave across Olentangy River.). OSU basketball and hockey, concerts, monster trucks.
- 3 Bill Davis Stadium. The baseball stadium of the Ohio State University.
- 4 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, 2450 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210.
- 5 Hack OHI/O (Ohio Union). Late October. The annual Ohio State University hackathon.
- 6 Wexner Center for The Arts, 1871 N High St (The center is on High St. in Columbus' University District.), ☏ . Weekly, depend on show. One of the country's leading modern arts centers. The center, named after the Limited Brands founder Lex Wexner, features visual art exhibits, international films, live theater, and modern dance.
- 7 Gateway Film Center (Drexel Gateway Theatre), 1550 N High St, ☏ . Independent movie theater. $6-8 matinee, $8-10.50 regular.
- Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave, ☏ . Single-screen independent movie theater with bar. Commonly has events with beer tasting from local breweries with that evening's film.
- 8 Jogging Olentangy trail. You can easily run up the Olentangy trail along the river. The greenway crosses huge zones of marsh. Running south leads to downtown
- 9 OSU Ice Rink, 390 Woody Hayes Dr. Columbus, OH 43210. Offers open skating to the public. $6 a session for the general public.
- 10 Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park). Dawn to dusk. Research wetlands. Open to the public.
- Lane Avenue Shopping Center (on Lane Ave between Northwest Blvd and the OSU campus).
- 1 Lennox Town Center, Olentangy River Rd (next to State Route 315 just west of the Ohio State University.). Theaters, Target, Bath and Body Works, Barnes & Noble, restaurants, student-oriented shopping center for the needs of OSU students.
- Used Kids Records, 2500 Summit St, ☏ . M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 12AM-6PM. This used CD and record store has been a Columbus staple since 1986.
- Volunteers of America, 3620 Indianola Ave, ☏ . Used clothes and furnishings. Numerous Columbus locations.
- Hound Dog's (North High Street, Campus, Clintonville). 24/7. Great pizza.
- The Blue Danube, 2439 North High St, ☏ . An Ohio State University institution, it's a cheap bar/diner with a wide variety of food and drinks, open late. Try the gravy fries.
- Buckeye Donuts, North High St Open 24-7, this is another Ohio State University institution. As their name suggests, they have a wide selection of donuts and crullers, as well as inexpensive gyros and falafel.
- Lavash Cafe, 2985 North High Street, ☏ . Mediterranean restaurant with classic dishes like shawarma, humus, kabobs, and baklava as well as daily vegetarian specials.
- 1 El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant, 3230 Olentangy River Rd, ☏ .
- Aladdin's Eatery, 2931 N. High St, ☏ . Daily Lunch and dinner. Clintonville. Mediterranean cuisine, shawarma, hummus, mujadara. Children's menu; beer and wine. Entrees: $8.95-$11.95.
- Cap City Fine Diner, 1299 Olentangy River Rd, ☏ . University area. Diner favorites with an upscale twist, meatloaf, Romano-encrusted chicken, chocolate cake. Lunch and dinner: daily; Sunday brunch. Children's menu; patio smoking; cocktails. Entrees: $7.95-$24.95. Several Columbus locations.
- 2 Bistro 2110 at the Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, ☏ . 6:30AM-10PM. On the ground floor of the Blackwell hotel. The restaurant has a view on the historic Ohio Stadium and offers fusion cuisine with several vegetarian options.
- New Taj Mahal, 2361 N High St, ☏ . 11AM-10PM. Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Children portions available; patio smoking; cocktails. No wheelchair access. Entrees: $7.99-22.99.
- The Columbus Fish Market, 1245 Olentangy River Rd, ☏ . University area. Seafood, cedar-roasted salmon, hoisin-glazed yellowfin tuna, Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes. Lunch: Monday-Friday; dinner: daily. Children's menu; cocktails. Entrees: $15.95-28.95.
- 1 Newport Music Hall, 1722 North High Street, ☏ , fax: . Popular music concert hall amongst college students. Newport Music Hall draws a fair number of national acts.
- Skully's Music Diner, 1151 N High St, ☏ . A trendy, but unassuming bar in the Short North.
- Ruby Tuesday Live, 1978 Summit St, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. (Unrelated to the chain restaurant.) A dive bar in the north campus area. Often hosts small- to medium-popularity bands and has special theme nights, including a themed weekly Nerd Night, and frequent sports-watching gatherings, especially for soccer and Columbus Crew games. Cheap drinks (many domestics under $2, most imports under $4) and a relaxed atmosphere.
- 3 The Blackwell, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. On Ohio State's campus, the Blackwell offers top amenities. The top floors over a nice view over the campus or the Olentangy river. Very clean and friendly staff. The rooms generally have a big working desk. The free Wi-Fi uses the Ohio State University connection.
- OSU Wireless. The campus has public Wi-Fi across campus.
- 1 WOSU-FM. Ohio State University's public news radio station on 89.7MHz
- 2 WOSA. Ohio State University's public radio station specializing in classical music on 101.1MHz
- WOSU-TV. Ohio State University's public television channel.
- The Lantern. The student newspaper of the Ohio State University. It can be found in and around the university's campus. The writing found in The Lantern is sometimes of questionable quality, causing some students to nickname it The Latrine.
- 3 Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University, 410 W. 10th Ave (Towards Olentangy River), ☏ . The Ohio State University's Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country.