Columbus/University Area

Gateway

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

By car

By bus

By plane

By foot

Columbus downtown is a relaxed one hour walk away. Expect to cross diverse neighbourhouds. In the past one would from time to time get friendly asked for a dollar.

See

Ohio State University's Mirror Lake

Get Around

By car

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.

Parking

Once inside of the actual University grounds, parking is severely 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 area east 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 except to pay a flat rate for parking in a garage or lot.

By bus

The COTA bus service , 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

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 a simple "no" and move on, if they ask for money. All in all, walking in the OSU area should be considered safe.

Do

Buy

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Cope

Newspapers

Stay Safe

Hospitals

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