Home to the renowned Ohio State University, the University District provides educational outreach with plenty of entertainment, restaurants, and activities. Located between Upper Arlington and Northeast Columbus, the University District is one of the most walkable districts – and most densely populated areas – in Columbus. During the academic year, OSU students can be found everywhere heading to classes, enjoying a picnic on the Oval, or studying in any number of coffee houses in the area. Situated between I-71 and SR 315 and north of I-670 make it extremely accessible from the rest of the city.
The Olentangy River running north and south along with Fred Beekman Park, Chadwick Lake and Arboretum, and Glen Echo Park, allow residents to balance the hustle and bustle of the student-city with much needed natural landscape. Not in the mood for the outdoors? Check out the varied arts and entertainment at the Wexner Center for the Arts or catch a show at The Newport, America’s longest continually running rock club.
Students, professors, and local businesses mingle in a neighborhood that has so much to offer it would be impossible to list them all. Check out the The Gateway for an independent film or food & drink choices galore, including The Torpedo Room, World of Beer, and Fusian (where you can customize your own sushi roll).
To help visitors as well as those looking to live in the area, the University District is split into sections: Dennison Place/The Circles, Glen Echo, Indianola Forest, Indianola Terrace, Iuka Ravine, NECKO, Northwood Park, Old North Columbus, Peach District, Sohud, Tuttle Park, and Weinland Park. One of the most popular is Old North Columbus, extending from the edge of Clintonville to Lane Avenue.
Although the boundaries do not include vast parklands, they do take a piece of the Olentangy Trail via Tuttle Park. This allows residents, predominately 20-24 year olds, the opportunity to experience the Central Ohio Greenways.
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