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Columbus/University Area

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University Area also known as the University District is the area around The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. It also includes the OSU Hospital and The James Cancer Research Hospital.

Get in[edit]

Map of Columbus/University Area

By car[edit]

  • 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 East side of Campus and University Hospital.
  • I-71 Exit on 5th Ave. Go west, takes you directly to High and campus.

By bus[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Port Columbus International Airport (CMH IATA), 4600 International Gateway, +1 614 239-4083. Port Columbus is served by all the major airlines, with 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 only 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.

By foot[edit]

Columbus downtown is a relaxed one hour walk away. Expect to cross diverse neighbourhouds. In the past one would from time to time get friendly asked for a dollar.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Driving in and around the University area, is not difficult, but one should use caution, due to the number of students sometimes rushing to class or distracted by student responsibilities.

Parking[edit]

Once inside of the actual 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.

By bus[edit]

The COTA bus service [1], 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.

By foot[edit]

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. There are some homeless and beggars like most metro areas, but the best way to deal with them is by ignoring them, or a simple "no" and move on, if they ask for money. All in all, walking in the OSU area should be considered safe.

See[edit]

Ohio State University's Mirror Lake
  • 1 The Ohio State University, 154 W. 12th Ave (132 Enarson Hall), +1 614 292-OHIO (6446). OSU is the largest university in Ohio, and one of the largest universities in the USA. Ohio State University on Wikipedia Ohio State University (Q309331) on Wikidata
  • 2 Mirror Lake. A small and pleasant lake on the OSU campus. Free. Mirror Lake (Ohio) on Wikipedia Mirror Lake (Q6874577) on Wikidata
  • 3 Ohio Union. The student union at OSU. A large building with visitor information and dining. The Ohio Union often hosts events. Ohio Union on Wikipedia Ohio Union (Q7081000) on Wikidata
  • 4 The Oval. The central park and heart of the Ohio State University campus. Free.
  • 5 William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. The central library of OSU. William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library on Wikipedia William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library (Q8016432) on Wikidata

Museums[edit]

Do[edit]

Sports[edit]

  • 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 Stadium on Wikipedia Ohio Stadium (Q774694) on Wikidata
  • Ohio State Marching Band. Sports games often feature the top tier Ohio State Marching Band. Ohio State University Marching Band on Wikipedia The Ohio State University Marching Band (Q7754773) on Wikidata
  • 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. Value City Arena on Wikipedia Value City Arena (Q783033) on Wikidata

Arts[edit]

  • 3 Wexner Center for The Arts, 1871 N High St, +1 614 292-0330. Weekly, depend on show. One of the country's leading modern arts centers. The center, named after the Limited Brands founder Lex Wexner, features world renowned visual art exhibits, international films, live theater, and modern dance. The center is conveniently located on High St. in Columbus' University District. Wexner Center for the Arts on Wikipedia Wexner Center for the Arts (Q2527311) on Wikidata
  • Drexel Gateway Theatre, 1550 North High Street, +1 614 545-2255. $6-$8 Matinee, $8.00-$10.50 Regular.
  • Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave, +1 614 261-1581. Single screen independent movie theater with bar. Commonly has events with beer tasting from local breweries with that evening's film.

Recreation[edit]

  • Jogging Olentangy trail. One can easily run up the Olentangy trail along the river. The greenway crosses huge zones of marsh. Running south leads to downtown

Buy[edit]

  • Good Will, 2768 N. High St, +1 614 784-9439. Slightly used clothes and furnishings. Numerous Columbus locations.
  • Lane Avenue Shopping Center On Lane Ave. between Northwest Blvd. and the OSU campus.
  • 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.
  • North Market - Grocery store south of campus across from convention center. Good choice!
  • Used Kids Records, 1980 N. High St, +1 614 294-3833. This used CD and record store has been a Columbus staple for over 20 years. [2]
  • Volunteers of America, 3620 Indianola Ave, +1 614 263-9134. Used clothes and furnishngs. Numerous Columbus locations.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Hound Dog's, North High Street / Campus / Clintonville , great pizza, open 24-hours.
  • The Blue Danube, 2439 North High St, +1 614 261-9308. 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, +1 614 263-7777. Mediterranean restaurant with classic dishes like shawarma, humus, kabobs, and baklava as well as daily vegetarian specials.
  • El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant, 3230 Olentangy River Rd, +1 614 261-0900.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Aladdin's Eatery, 2931 N. High St, +1 614 262-2414. Clintonville. Mediterranean cuisine, shawarma, hummus, mujadara. Lunch and dinner: daily. Children's menu; beer and wine. Entrees: $8.95-$11.95. Several Columbus locations. All are very clean and great food.
  • Cap City Fine Diner, 1299 Olentangy River Rd, +1 614 291-3663. 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.
  • 1 [dead link]Bistro 2110 at the Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, +1 614 247-2110. 06:30-22:00. Located at the ground floar of the Blackwell hotel the restaurant has a view on the historic Ohio Stadium and offers fusion cuisine with several vegetarians options.
  • Taj Mahal, 2321 N. High St, +1 614 299-7990. Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Lunch and dinner: Tu-Su. Children portions available; patio smoking; cocktails. Entrees: $7.99-$22.99. No wheelchair access.

Splurge[edit]

  • The Columbus Fish Market, 1245 Olentangy River Rd, +1 614 291-3474. 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.

Drink[edit]

  • Newport Music Hall, 1722 North High Street, +1 614 294-1659, fax: +1 614 294-4698. Popular music concert hall amongst college students. Newport Music Hall draws a fair number of national acts.
  • Skully's Music Diner is a trendy, but unassuming bar in the Short North.
  • Ruby Tuesday Live, 1978 Summit St, +1 614 291-8313, e-mail: . (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 [formerly dead link], 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.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • 2 The Blackwell, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, +1 614 247-4000, fax: +1 614 247-4040, e-mail: . Located directly 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. Blackwell Inn on Wikipedia Blackwell Inn (Q4923595) on Wikidata

Connect[edit]

Wi-Fi[edit]

  • OSU Wireless. The Ohio State University campus has public Wi-Fi across campus.

Radio[edit]

  • 1 WOSU-FM. Ohio State University's public news radio station on 89.7MHz WOSU-FM on Wikipedia WOSU-FM (Q7953989) on Wikidata
  • 2 WOSA. Ohio State University's public radio station specializing in classical music on 101.1MHz WOSA on Wikipedia WOSA (Q7953978) on Wikidata

Television[edit]

  • WOSU-TV. Ohio State University's public television channel. WOSU-TV on Wikipedia WOSU-TV (Q7953990) on Wikidata

Cope[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

  • The Lantern. The Lantern is the student newspaper of The Ohio State University, and can thus 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. The Lantern on Wikipedia The Lantern (Q17063998) on Wikidata

Stay safe[edit]

Hospitals[edit]

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