We did the research and found plenty of great options for Ohio State students to live  and learn at while living in Columbus.We did the research and found plenty of great options for Ohio State students to live  and learn at while living in Columbus.Local Guide

Great Areas for Ohio State Students Students to Live At

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Going to college is an exciting experience, and where you live can make your time at school even more enjoyable. Columbus offers plenty of options to suit each student's living preferences. There is a variety of housing on and off campus that can fit your lifestyle, budget, and commuting preferences. Here are some great areas for Ohio State students to live in while they learn.

Great Off Campus Options for Ohio State Students

  • University District
  • Arena District
  • Brewery District
  • Clintonville
  • Franklinton
  • German Village
  • Grandview
  • King-Lincoln
  • Linden
  • Olde Towne East
  • Short North
  • Victorian Village
  • Weinland Park

On-Campus Housing Information

Many students prefer to live directly on campus for its convenience and proximity to class. To discover what’s available, visit OSU’s Campus Housing.

Off-campus housing Information

OSU students looking for off-campus housing can contact the Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services. This resource center can help you start your housing search, offer free home walk-throughs, and even give you free safety devices for your home.

University District

Distance from campus: Just a 5-minute walk

If you want to love close to campus but don't want to worry about parking or a long commute, then the University District gives you the best of both worlds. This vibrant community surrounds the OSU campus. It’s densely populated, so be prepared for some noise, but this fun environment is what you signed up for, right? This neighborhood is also near plenty of entertainment like the Newport Music Hall, Gateway Theater, Wexner Center for the Arts, and tons of restaurants.

Arena District

Distance from campus: A 9-minute drive or a 17-minute bus ride

Note: All Ohio State students can ride the COTA bust line using their BuckID.

If sports is your passion, then this neighborhood is for you. The Arena District is known for its lively athletic culture. Residents are always near Downtown Columbus and also to the Columbus Clippers and Columbus Blue Jacket games. It’s also near plenty of nightlife, North Market, and other social hot spots.

Brewery District

Distance from campus: A 12-minute drive or a 35-minute bus commute

The Brewery District is a historic neighborhood that's rich with old German and Italian architecture. This area, located south of downtown Columbus, has undergone a vibrant renewal in recent years. If you like wineries, the arts, and a little bit more room to roam, then this trendy-yet-low-key area will capture your fancy. It’s also excellent for dog owners because of its proximity to Scioto Audobon Metro Park.


Distance from campus: A 13-minute drive or 20-minute by bus

Clintonville is north of OSU’s campus and has a family-friendly feel, so it’s perfect for students who prefer more peace. Here, you’ll find community events like farmers’ markets and diverse housing styles. There are also many charming small businesses here that offer unique shopping and dining experiences.


Distance from campus: A 9-minute drive 17-minute commute by bus

This charming neighborhood is full of locally-owned businesses. It’s also highly walkable and full of gorgeous scenery. Expect monthly community events that celebrate the arts. Franklinton is also near the Franklin Park Adventure Center and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

German Village

Distance from campus: A 13-minute drive or 33-minutes by bus

Lovers of classic German architecture and culture will love this cozy neighborhood that has a quiet feel. There is room to roam in the public parks and cool coffee shops. Also, check out the art galleries and the beautiful buildings in this highly walkable district.


Distance from campus: An 11-minute drive or 22-minutes by bus

Grandview is located to OSU’s southwest. It’s a suburb popular that is a popular place for young professionals and families, so it offers a quieter pace of life. There are also excellent dining and shopping options.


Distance from campus: A 10-minute drive 27 minutes by bus

King-Lincoln is a fun neighborhood that’s known for its good restaurants and exciting atmosphere. It’s also passionate about preserving African American history and culture. Experience this awesome community by visiting its parks, libraries, King-Lincoln Theater, and King Arts Complex.


Distance from campus: A 12-minute drive or 27-minutes by bus

Linden is located northeast of OSU. It’s ideal for students who want a little distance from campus but still have access to good dining and entertainment. There are also rec centers and public parks to satisfy anyone’s need for outdoor time.

Olde Towne East

Distance from campus: A 10-minute drive 30-minute by bus

This historic area is loaded with Victorian, Italian, and Queen Anne style homes. It’s also the seat of the Olde Towne East Art District. Residents enjoy charming local taverns, parks, and community events.

Short North

Distance from campus: A 26-minute walk, 7-minute drive, or 12-minutes by bus

Young professionals love Short North for its fine dining, upscale shopping, and art scene. It’s located south of OSU and is a popular destination for tourists. The nightlife is pretty grand, too.

Victorian Village

Distance from campus: A 28-minute walk, 8-minute drive, or 10 minutes by bus

If a historical landscape speaks to you, then this Victorian-style neighborhood will capture your heart. Its beautiful parks and restaurants will immerse you in the slower pace of life. It’s also close to the Columbus Aquatic Center.

Weinland Park

Distance from campus: A 16-minute walk, 3-minute drive, or 10 minutes by bus

Those who want to be close to the action will enjoy Weinland Park, a place full of entertainment, local shopping, excellent dining, and cultural experiences. Residents are also close to bookstores and the Schoenbaum Family Center.

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