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Oxford (Ohio)

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Oxford (Ohio)

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Oxford [1] is a small town in Butler County southwestern Ohio, 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

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

  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) 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 (DAY) is also a short distance from Oxford (approximately 45 miles).
  • Miami University Airport (OXD) is an airstrip available for the private pilot.

By car

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
  • via I-275 (Cincinnati outbelt) using the Colerain exit and heading westbound on US-27.

Get around

By foot

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

By bus

  • Miami Metro is a campus bus system operated by Miami University that can take you that extra mile off campus or past Uptown.


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, [2], 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 graduate.
  • 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, [3], +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.

Arts and Culture

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 [4]
  • Miami University Art Museum [5]
  • Hiestand Galleries [6]
  • Center for American and World Cultures [7]


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: Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Bo Shembechler, Ara Parseghian and Weeb Ewbanks.

  • 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 Boston Celtics 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. Alumni from this program include current Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Sauerbeck.
  • Hockey - new ice arena opens in 2006-2007 and too many professional hockey alumni to name.

Visit the official site [8] or the unofficial fan site [9].


  • 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.


  • 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, [10]. Largest US distributor of incense products and other items.


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

  • Bagel & Deli Shop, 19 E. High St. Awesome spot for breakfast, but be willing to wait in line and be prepared to eat outside or take-out.
  • Bruno's Pizza, 14 W. Park Place and 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.
  • Cold Stone Creamery, 9 W. High St. - ice cream concoctions.
  • Jimmy John's, 23 E. High St., submarine sandwiches.
  • La Bodega Delicatessen, 11 W. High St, a deli for the more sophisticated diner.
  • Lottie Moon's Bar & Grille, 12 S. Beech St. Locally Famous Burgers, and upscale Bar fare. The Ron Harper Burger could be Oxford's Best.
  • Phan Shin Chinese & Thai, 104 W. High St.
  • Pita Pit, 33 E. High St.
  • SDS Pizza, 7 E. Chestnut St. (carry-out and delivery only), +1 513 523-1234. Turkey Gobbler and deep dish pizza are highly recommended.
  • Skipper's Pub, 121 E. High St, an Oxford classic, great burgers, chicken sandwiches 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.


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 4:00 a.m. As most places, if there is live music, expect a cover charge.

  • Lottie Moons’, 12 S. Beech St. Great Food & Plenty of Beer. Oxford's most popular bar. Try the Ron Harper Burger!
  • Church Street Station 107 E. Church St. Elite College bar filled with Miami's socialites.
  • Mac & Joe's, 21 E. High St. (rear). Historically a pub with frequently scheduled Poetry readings.
  • Stadium Grille, 16 S. Poplar St. Several wide screen televisions, dance floor.



  • Amerihost Inn, 5190 College Corner Pike, +1 513 523-2722.
  • Best Western Sycamore Inn, 6 East Sycamore St, +1 513 523-0000, a few blocks south of Uptown.


  • The Elms Holiday Inn, 75 South Main St, +1 513 523-2002 in the heart of Uptown, one block south of High Street.
  • The Hamiltonian, 1 Riverfront Plaza, +1 513 896-6200, in Hamilton, 15 minute drive southwest of Oxford.
  • Hueston Woods Resort and Conference Center, 5201 Lodge Rd, College Corner, 513 523-6381, [11]. 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.

Bed & Breakfast

  • Maplevale Farm Bed and Breakfast, 3891 Oxford-Millville Rd, +1 513 523-8909.
  • The White Garden Inn, 6194 Brown Rd, +1 513 524-5827.


  • Oxford Visitors and Convention Bureau, 30 W. Park Place, 2nd Floor, +1 513 523-8687, [12].


  • The Miami Student is a college newspaper that can be found throughout Oxford and on Miami's campus.
  • The Oxford Press, 15 S Beech St, +1 513 523-4139, [13] is a local newspaper serving Northwestern Butler County.


  • WMUB 88.5 FM, Miami University, 230 Williams Hall, +1 513 529-5885, [14]

Get out

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

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