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Oxford (Ohio)

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Oxford (Ohio)

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Oxford [4] is a small town in Butler County in Southwest Ohio. It is best known for being home to Miami University. Recognized as a Public Ivy, which describes state-funded public universities with academic programs akin to the Ivy League schools, Miami University has a body of more than 16,000 students in a town with a summer population just over 10,000. The City of Oxford (actually, its predecessor, College Township) was founded one year after Miami University was established in 1809. Miami was the second university in the United States west of the Appalachian Mountains (after Ohio University (1804) in Athens).

Get in[edit]

Oxford is located 30 miles northwest of Cincinnati, 35 miles southwest of Dayton and about 5 miles east of the state boundary separating Ohio and Indiana.

By air[edit]

  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (IATA: CVG) [5] is on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, so the distance is farther than that of Cincinnati, amounting to an approximately 50 mile drive to Oxford. Delta has its second largest hub at the CVG airport.
  • Dayton International Airport (IATA: DAY) [6] is also a short distance from Oxford (approximately 45 miles).
  • Miami University Airport (IATA: OXD) [7] is an airstrip available for the private pilot.

By car[edit]

Oxford is most easily accessed:

  • off of I-70 west of Dayton via the Eaton exit heading southbound on US-127 and then westbound on SR-73 or
  • off of I-70 west of Dayton via the Eaton exit heading southbound on US-127 and then southbound on SR-732 or
  • via I-275 (Cincinnati outbelt) using the Colerain exit and heading northbound on US-27.

By bus[edit]

The Butler County Regional Transit Authority offers $2.00 shuttles to Hamilton and Middletown from the Shriver Center.

Barons Bus Lines, a partner of Greyhound, provides service to Oxford on its Cincinnati-Indianapolis-Detroit route. Northbound buses depart at 8:30AM, and southbound at 11:50PM, daily. The stop is at the corner of Maple and Spring. (The stop is referred to in the Barons/Greyhound system as Miami Univ Oxford (e), OH)

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

  • Oxford is a small town that can be easily traversed by foot. From the eastern edge of the Miami University campus to the western edge of Uptown Oxford, one could walk the distance in less than 30 minutes.

By bus[edit]

  • Miami Metro is a campus bus system operated by Miami University that can take you that extra mile off campus or past Uptown. As of August 2013, the buses are now open to the public (instead of just Miami students).

See[edit][add listing]

Alumni Hall - American Poet Laureate Robert Frost called this "the prettiest campus ever there was."
  • Miami University, 212 Roudebush Hall, Phone: +1 513 529-1809, [8], campus is primarily comprised of red-brick Georgian style buildings and broad lawns. Founded in 1809, this Public Ivy university named in honor of the Miami Native American tribe, was established 100 years before the City of Miami, Florida. At one time it was the fourth largest university in the U.S., behind Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth, and became known as the "Yale of the Early West". Accordingly, Miami's Elliott and Stoddard Halls, near the center of the academic quad, were modelled after Yale's Connecticut Hall.
  • 23rd U.S. President Benjamin Harrison - Miami University's political science building (Harrison Hall) contains and serves as tribute to the 1852 alumnus.
  • Oxford Memorial Park Pavilion on the northeast corner of High and Main Streets is the former home to the Oxford water tower (a bygone symbol of the town) and now provides an amphitheater for concerts and other performances.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park on the northwest corner of High and Main Streets includes dancing water fountains that provide enjoyment for children (both by viewing and playing in them).
  • McGuffey Home and Museum, [9], +1 513 529-8380 written by educator William H. McGuffey, the Eclectic McGuffey Reader was the primary material used to teach reading to five generations of Americans. A sculpture in his honor stands in front of McGuffey Hall near the northeast corner of Spring Street and Campus Avenue across from the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house.
  • DeWitt Cabin listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Elliott and Stoddard Halls, oldest dormitories in use in Ohio
  • Lorenzo Langstroth Cottage, a National Historic Landmark
  • Freedom Summer Memorial, located on Miami's historical Western Campus, this memorial commemorates civil rights workers who trained here in 1964. Three of these workers were later found murdered in Mississippi.
  • Black Covered Bridge, State Route 732 at Corso Rd., a 206-foot span built in 1869 over Four Mile (Talawanda) Creek. this is the only covered bridge in Butler County remaining in its original location (restored in 2000). Bicentennial marker and explanation on site.
  • Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Ave, 513-524-8506, [1]. 10 am to 6 pm. The Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Ave. Phone: 513-524-8506 – located in the historic Oxford College for Women building, the OCAC is a home for community artists and arts organizations. free.  edit

Arts and Culture[edit]

As in most U.S. college towns, much of the art and cultural amenities are provided by the university. In Oxford, these include:

  • Miami University Performing Arts Series [10]
  • Miami University Art Museum [11]
  • Hiestand Galleries [12]
  • Center for American and World Cultures [13]


The Miami Redhawks compete in the Mid-American Conference of NCAA Division I College Athletics. Sports fans are also attracted by Miami's reputation as the Cradle of Coaches, having served as a rung in some of the most momentous coaching careers including: Earl Blaik, Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Bill Arnsparger, George Little, Weeb Ewbank, Sid Gillman, Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, John Pont, Bill Mallory, Jim Tressel, Joe Novak, Ron Zook, Dick Crum, Randy Walker, Terry Hoeppner, and Sean Payton.

  • Football - Yager Stadium, 30,012 capacity seating, the team that raised Superbowl Champion Big Ben Roethlisberger!
  • Basketball - Millett Hall, 9,200 seat arena, names like the Cleveland Cavaliers' Wally "World" Szczerbiak, five-time NBA champ Ron Harper (twice with Lakers and thrice with Bulls), Randy Ayers (of NCAA basketball coaching fame including the Ohio State Buckeyes) and Wayne Embry (of NBA management fame including the Cleveland Cavaliers) made their mark playing b-ball at Miami before the NBA, coaching and other achievements.
  • Baseball - McKie Field opened in 2002.
  • Hockey -Goggin ice arena opened in 2006-2007 and has numerous professional hockey alumni.

Visit the official site [14] or the unofficial fan site [15].

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hueston Woods State Park, is located just to the north of Oxford in College Corner. The park, operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, is comprised of almost 3,000 acres and is located in Butler and Preble counties. Visitors enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing in and canoeing on Acton Lake, and golf.
  • Miami University Natural Areas, are located throughout Miami University's campus and surrounding areas. These beautiful areas feature over 17 miles of hiking trails, including scenic views of Four Mile Creek and Harkers Run.


  • The Miami Student is the nation's oldest college newspaper which can be found throughout Oxford and on Miami's campus.
  • The Oxford Press, 15 S Beech St, +1 513 523-4139, [16] is a local newspaper serving Northwestern Butler County.


  • WMUB 88.5 FM, Miami University, 230 Williams Hall, +1 513 529-5885, [17]
  • WMSR Miami's own Student-Run radio, streaming online 24/7.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Dubois Bookstore, Inc., 118 E High St, +1 513 523-7111. Miami University apparel, keepsakes and, of course, books.
  • Follett's Miami Co-op Bookstore, 110 E High St, +1 513 523-4900. More Miami University apparel, keepsakes and, of course, more books.
  • The Wild Berry, 15 W High St, +1 513 523-4345, [18]. Largest US distributor of incense products and other items.
  • Bill's Art Store, 20 E High Street, (513) 513-8846, The friendliest art supply store around. In addition to art supplies, they also do framing, sell pottery and other works by local artists.
  • The Apple Tree, 28 E. High St, Boutique with clothing and distinctive gifts.
  • Bikewise Bike Center, 9 N Beech St., Bikes, maps, and service.
  • The Birdhouse Antiques, 114 W. High St., Fine furniture and quality antiques.
  • Bluetique Cheap Chic, 35 W. High St., a fun and affordable boutique.
  • Hush, 5 S. Beech St., Intimate apparel and women's clothing.
  • Juniper, 9 E. High St., local boutique, clothing, jewelry, and more.
  • Lane and Kate, 29 E. High St., Artisan made accessories.
  • Seaview Outfitters, 22 W. Park Place, Luxury outdoor goods.
  • Walker's Footwear and Apparel, 1 W. High St., footwear and apparel
  • You're Fired, 6 N. Beech St., Paint your own pottery studio

Eat[edit][add listing]

Uptown Oxford is a charming five block district with a variety of restaurants, including fine dining, pizza parlors, sub shops and college pubs.

  • 45 East Bar and Grill,45 E High St., Great American Fare
  • Bagel & Deli Shop, 119 E. High St. Steamed Bagel Sandwiches (Don't ask for a toasted bagel!). Awesome spot for breakfast, but be willing to wait in line and be prepared to eat outside or take-out.
  • Bruno's Pizza, 31 E. High St. When you need a cheap slice of pizza - even a fire in the 1990's couldn't keep the lines from forming outside Bruno's.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, 10 E. Walnut St., sports bar and grill with wings, wings, wings!
  • Doughby's, 36 W. High St., Calzones, crepes, and more.
  • M.I.A., 77 S. Main St., locals' gourmet favorite for over 30 years.
  • Fiesta Charra, 519 E. High St. Local Latin American restaurant.
  • Mac and Joes Saloon (est. 1946) Amazing hamburgers, cooked to order, sports on the walls and TVs. Micro brews on draft and by the bottle. Hard to find the entrance down an alley.
  • Jimmy John's, 23 E. High St. Gourmet submarine sandwiches, "Subs so fast, you'll freak!".
  • Kona Bistro, 31 W. High St. Fresh and creative gourmet food in a casual, hip, friendly environment.
  • Bodega Delicatessen, 11 W. High St. A deli for the more sophisticated diner.
  • Krishna, 28 W. High St., Authentic Indian cuisine.
  • Paesano's Pasta House, 308 S. Campus Ave. Traditional & specialty Italian favorites.
  • Phan Shin Chinese & Thai, 104 W. High St.
  • Quarter Barrel, 107 E. Church St., beer, wine, food, coffee, books, and more.
  • SDS Pizza, 7 E. Chestnut St. (carry-out and delivery only), +1 513 523-1234. Turkey Gobbler and deep dish pizza are highly recommended.
  • SoHi, 17 E. High St., Grilled sandwiches and subs.
  • Skipper's Pub, 121 E. High St., an Oxford classic, great burgers, chicken sandwiches, gyros and you must order the cheese fries.
  • Skyline Chili, 1 E. High St. The famous Cincinnati fare is available Uptown.
  • Starbucks Coffee. Yes, in tall Oxford, you can feed your addiction with a venti latte.
  • Stella 12 Beech’, 12 S. Beech St. Natural, fresh and homemade foods.
  • Sushi Nara, 22 N. College, Sushi and Asian cuisine.
  • Papa John's Pizza, 619 South Locust St, 513-523-9991, [2]. 11AM 'till late. Excellent pizza and sides delivered with fantastic service. $10.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Oxford has historically provided at least 1 bar for every 1,000 students at Miami University. The nightlife is very active Thursday through Saturday night, when most of the bars remain open until 2:00 a.m. As most places, if there is live music, expect a cover charge. Because Oxford was once known for its St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Spring Break now always occurs the week of March 17th. However, St. Patty's proxy, Green Beer Day, occurs the Thursday before Spring Break.

  • Brick Street, 36 E. High St., beer, spirits, and concert venue.
  • Mac & Joe's, 21 E. High St. (rear; enter from the alley). Historically a pub with frequently scheduled Poetry readings.
  • O'Pub, 10 W. Park Place,beer, wine, liquor, and live music.
  • The Woods, 17 N. Poplar St., sports bar.
  • Steinkeller, 15 E. High Street (basement), (513) 524-2437. German-style bar and restaurant (mostly American bar food) with a wide selection of German beers.
  • Kofenya, 38 W High St, [3]. By far, the best place to grab some coffee in Oxford in a very relaxed atmosphere, it's a hang out for many Miami students.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Best Western Sycamore Inn, 6 E Sycamore Street (a few blocks north of Uptown.), +1 513 523-0000, Toll-free: +1 800 523-4678, Fax: +1 513 523-2093, [19].
  • Hampton Inn, 375 S College Ave, +1 513 524-2012, [20].


  • Hueston Woods Resort and Conference Center, 5201 Lodge Rd, College Corner, 513 523-6381, [21]. Located just outside of Oxford.
  • Marcum Conference Center is located on the Miami University campus just north of East Quad.
  • Miami Inn is located on the Miami University campus just east of East Quad. (Now serves as a dorm)
  • Holiday Inn, 75 South Main St, +1 513 524-2002, [22].

Bed & Breakfast[edit]

  • The White Garden Inn, 6194 Brown Rd, +1 513 524-5827.
  • Presidio Pines Bed and Breakfast, 3152 Oxford-Trenton Rd, +1 513 9674603.


  • Oxford Visitors Bureau, 14 West Park Place Suite C, +1 513 523-8687, [email protected],, [23].

Get out[edit]

  • Cincinnati - most destinations can be reached in one-half to one hour.
  • Dayton - about a 45-minute drive.

Routes through Oxford
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