Oberlin is on Route 58 (North/South) between Amherst and Wellington as well as on Route 511 (East/West). Within the city limits, R58 is known as Main Street and R511 is known as Lorain St. Route 20 (where it is also known as Kipton East Road) runs south of town and connects to R58.
Oberlin is approximately 35 miles west-southwest of Cleveland, Ohio.
Due to its small size (approximately 3sq. mi), it is easiest to walk or bike around Oberlin. Navigation is fairly simple as the streets run mostly east/west or north/south in a standard grid system. There are two major east/west streets (Lorain/511 and College St) which are divided by Main/58 into East/West Lorain and East/West College. North/south streets are divided by College St (ex: Pleasant St. is divided into North/South Pleasant by College St.
Downtown Oberlin is located at the corner of Main and College. The central square, Tappan Sqaure, is located across College St. from downtown and is a square block with corners at Main/College Sts., Main/Lorain Sts., N Professor/Lorain Sts., and Professor/College Sts. The Oberlin College campus is located just west of Tappan Square (the Student Union building, Wilder Hall, is located at 127 W. Lorain St).