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Columbus Life

The University and the Community

The University is part of a major metropolitan area, surrounded on all sides by the city and suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. The state capital and largest city, Columbus is home to more than one million people.

The quality of life is very good, with moderate cost of living, a variety of distinctive neighborhoods, an active arts community, as well as university and professional sports. As a midsize city, Columbus provides the civilized amenities of urban life without the hassles of a megalopolis.

The University is located near a thriving downtown center, complete with excellent restaurants, a symphony, a ballet company, theatres, museums, and art galleries. There are many fine public and private schools. Several other colleges and universities are located in and near Columbus. Together, these features make Columbus an attractive place to work, get an education, and raise a family. Experience Columbus houses information on all attractions and events in town as well as noteworthy activities.

If you are married, you will discover that the diversified Columbus economy offers a wide range of employment opportunities for your spouse. The University is the city's largest employer and many spouses find work on campus. OSU Campus Life includes activities for all current students and University employees.


Several housing options are available to graduate students at Ohio State. The University maintains three coeducational graduate dormitories.

The University also maintains student housing for families in Buckeye Village, an apartment complex on campus. Off-campus housing of all kinds is available at reasonable rates.