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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 the 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]

  • 2 John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH IATA), 4600 International Gateway, +1 614 239-4083. 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. John Glenn Columbus International Airport (Q1432440) on Wikidata John Glenn Columbus International Airport on Wikipedia

By foot[edit]

Columbus downtown is a relaxed one hour walk away.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

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.

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. All in all, walking in the OSU area should be considered safe.


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 (Q309331) on Wikidata Ohio State University on Wikipedia
  • 2 Mirror Lake. A small and pleasant lake on the OSU campus. Free. Mirror Lake (Q6874577) on Wikidata Mirror Lake (Ohio) on Wikipedia
  • 3 Ohio Union. The student union at OSU. A large building with visitor information and dining. The Ohio Union often hosts events. Ohio Union (Q7081000) on Wikidata Ohio Union on Wikipedia
  • 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. Students and visitors often rub the bust in the library entrance for luck. William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library (Q8016432) on Wikidata William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library on Wikipedia
  • 6 Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), 1224 Kinnear Rd, +1 614-292-9248. 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. Ohio Supercomputer Center (Q7080978) on Wikidata Ohio Supercomputer Center on Wikipedia




An Ohio State football game.
  • 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 (Q774694) on Wikidata Ohio Stadium on Wikipedia
  • Ohio State Marching Band. Sports games often feature the top tier Ohio State Marching Band. The Ohio State University Marching Band (Q7754773) on Wikidata Ohio State University Marching Band on Wikipedia
  • 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 (Q783033) on Wikidata Value City Arena on Wikipedia
  • 3 Bill Davis Stadium. The baseball stadium of the Ohio State University. Bill Davis Stadium (Q4908710) on Wikidata Bill Davis Stadium on Wikipedia
  • 4 Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, 2450 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210. Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (Q6186725) on Wikidata Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Wikipedia
  • 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.), +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 visual art exhibits, international films, live theater, and modern dance. Wexner Center for the Arts (Q2527311) on Wikidata Wexner Center for the Arts on Wikipedia
  • 7 Gateway Film Center (Drexel Gateway Theatre), 1550 N High St, +1 614 545-2255. Independent movie theater. $6-8 matinee, $8-10.50 regular.
  • 8 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.


  • 9 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
  • 10 OSU Ice Rink, 390 Woody Hayes Dr. Columbus, OH 43210. Offers open skating to the public. $6 a session for the general public. OSU Ice Rink (Q7073059) on Wikidata OSU Ice Rink on Wikipedia
  • 11 Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park). Dawn to dusk. Research wetlands. Open to the public. Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (Q14716769) on Wikidata Olentangy River Wetland Research Park on Wikipedia


  • 1 Lane Avenue Shopping Center (on Lane Ave between Northwest Blvd and the OSU campus).
  • 2 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.
  • 3 Used Kids Records, 2500 Summit St, +1 614-421-9455. M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su noon-6PM. This used CD and record store has been a Columbus staple since 1986.
  • 4 Volunteers of America, 3620 Indianola Ave, +1 614 263-9134. Used clothes and furnishings. Numerous Columbus locations.


University Hall, Ohio State


  • 1 Hound Dog's (North High Street, Campus, Clintonville). 24/7. Great pizza.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 Buckeye Donuts, North High St. 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.
  • 4 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.
  • 5 El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant, 3230 Olentangy River Rd, +1 614 261-0900.


  • 6 Aladdin's Eatery, 2931 N. High St, +1 614 262-2414. Daily lunch and dinner. Clintonville. Mediterranean cuisine, shawarma, hummus, mujadara. Children's menu; beer and wine. Entrees: $8.95-11.95.
  • 7 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.
  • 8 Bistro 2110 at the Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, +1 614 247-2110. 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.
  • 9 New Taj Mahal, 2361 N High St, +1 614-421-2323. 11AM-10PM. Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Children portions available; patio smoking; cocktails. No wheelchair access. Entrees: $7.99-22.99.


  • 10 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.


  • 1 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. Newport Music Hall (Q14716756) on Wikidata Newport Music Hall on Wikipedia
  • 2 Skully's Music Diner, 1151 N High St, +1 614-291-8856. A trendy, but unassuming bar in the Short North.
  • 3 Ruby Tuesday Live, 1978 Summit St, +1 614 291-8313, . (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, +1 614 247-4000, fax: +1 614 247-4040, . 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 (Q4923595) on Wikidata Blackwell Inn on Wikipedia



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


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


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



  • 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. The Lantern (Q17063998) on Wikidata The Lantern on Wikipedia

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