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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]


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]

See[edit][add listing]

Ohio State University's Mirror Lake
  • The Jack Nicklaus Museum 2355 Olentangy River Rd. +1 614 247-5959 [12] A 24,000 square-foot educational and historical facility, on the history of golf.
  • The Ohio State University, 154 W. 12th Ave (132 Enarson Hall), +1 614 292-OHIO, The largest university in the nation. OSU is home to one of the most storied football programs in history. See The Horseshoe (The Ohio Stadium), The Oval, Mirror Lake. [13]

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.


Once inside of the actual University grounds, parking is severly 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 areas east and north 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 expect to pay a flat rate for parking in a garage or lot.

By bus[edit]

The COTA bus service [14], 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 just a stern NO and move on, if they ask for money, which is uncommon. All in all, walking in the OSU area should be considered safe and enjoyable.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Drexel Gateway Theatre, 1550 North High Street, +1-(614)-545-2255, [1].  edit
  • Ohio Stadium 411 Woody Hayes Dr. [15] Home to OSU foootball.
  • Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave, 614 261-1581. Single screen independent movie theater with bar. Commonly has events with beer tasting from local breweries with that evening's film.  edit
  • Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center 55 Arena Dr. [16] (Take Lane Ave across Olentangy River.) OSU basketball and hockey, concerts, monster trucks. Great facility!!!! All tickets through ticketmaster [17] </do>
  • Wexner Center for The Arts, 1871 N High St, 6142920330, [2]. 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 (at one time a Andy Warhol installation), international films, live theater, and modern dance. The center is conveniently located on High St. in Columbus' University District.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • 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. [18]
  • Volunteers of America, 3620 Indianola Ave., +1 (614) 263-9134. Slightly used clothes and furnishngs. Numerous Columbus locations.

Eat[edit][add listing]


  • Cluck-U Chicken. 2620 North High St. Order online. [19]
  • Hound Dog's, North High Street / Campus / Clintonville , great pizza, open 24-hours.
  • 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 614 263-7777. Mediterranean restaurant with classic dishes like shawarma, humus, kabobs, and baklava as well as daily vegetarian specials.
  • White Castle Scattered throughout Columbus, you will find the popular White Castle burger franchise. Fries, burgers, shakes, breakfast. Most are open 24/7 and offer some of the most inexpensive eats in town.
  • El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant 3230 Olentangy River Rd. +1 614 261-0900.


  • Aladdin's Eatery 2931 N. High St., Clintonville. +1 614-262-2414. [20] 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., University area. +1 614 291-3663. [21] 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.
  • Bistro 2110 at the Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, +1-(614)-247-2110, [3].  edit
  • McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon, 1576 North High Street, +1-(614)-294-2200 (, fax: +1-(614)-294-2747), [4].  edit
  • Taj Mahal 2321 N. High St. +1 614-299-7990. [22] Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Lunch and dinner: Tu-Su. Children portions available; patio smoking; cocktails. Entrees: $7.99-$22.99. No wheelchair access.


  • The Columbus Fish Market, 1245 Olentangy River Rd., University area. +1 614 291-3474. [23] 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][add listing]

  • 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.  edit
  • Skully's Music Diner is a trendy, but unassuming bar in the Short North.
  • Charlie Bear, 1562 North High Street, +1-(614)-429-3341 (), [5].  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • The Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel, 2407 Indiana Ave., [6]. Inexpensive lodging that doesn't skimp on the fun. Bar crawls, cookouts, movie nights, city tours, live music, and more. One mile from OSU. Dormitory beds starting at only $26 per night.  edit
  • Varsity Inn OSU South, 1445 Olentangy River Rd, 866-678-8277, [7]. checkin: 3:00; checkout: 12:00. (39.989974,-83.026892) edit


  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, 3031 Olentangy River Road, +1 614-267-1111 (fax: +1 614-267-0904), [8].  edit
  • Holiday Inn of the Lane, 328 W. Lane Ave, +1 614 294-4848, [9].  edit
  • University Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 3110 Olentangy River Rd., 614-267-7461, [10]. This full service Columbus,OH hotel is located near Ohio State University and features 243 guestrooms with 4 suites, a newly renovated ballroom, multipirpose and flexible meeting facilities.  edit


  • The Blackwell, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, +1 614 247-4000 (fax: +1 614 247-4040), [11]. Located directly on Ohio State's campus, the Blackwell offers top amenities.  edit




  • The Lantern - Student Newspaper [24]. 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.

Stay Safe[edit]


  • Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University 410 W. 10th Ave. (Towards Olentangy River) +1 800 293-5123. [25] The Ohio State University's Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country.
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