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Ohio State University is located in the capital city of Columbus. In addition to being home to the University, Columbus is also a thriving, vibrant community of over 750,000 residents and over 1.7 million in the region.

Learn more about what our city has to offer you!

Columbus offers a myriad of opportunities, activities and events both on and off campus. Visit Columbus Alive, Experience Columbus, or Columbus Underground to learn more about our city, and read on to see why Ohio State offers more than just football tickets!

Major Attractions
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Center of Science & Industry (COSI)
Franklin Park Conservatory
North Market

Arts & Culture
Columbus offers a myriad of opportunities to get involved in arts and cultural events taking place all over the city.  From museums to gallery hops, performance art and theatre, you can find it all here.  
Columbus Museum of Art
Wexner Center for the Arts
Short North Gallery Hop
Franklinton Fridays
King Arts Complex
Ohio Theatre
Palace Theatre
Columbus Ballet Company
Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO)
Opera Columbus
Shakespeare in the Park

For music lovers, Columbus attracts a wide variety of acts representing many different genres.  Live shows are performed year round at Newport Music Hall, the LC Pavilion, and Nationwide Area.  The Ohio Union often sells discounted tickets.      
Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Columbus Jazz Orchestra

Columbus Cultural Orchestra

In addition to our Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus is also home to the NHL’s Blue Jackets, Major League Soccer’s Crew, and the Columbus Clippers, AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.  Discount tickets are often available through The Ohio Union. 
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Crew
Columbus Clippers
Ohio State Buckeyes

The Columbus area is home to three major shopping malls and several smaller retail stores within the city. 
Easton Town Center
Polaris Fashion Place
The Mall at Tuttle Crossing

Recently highlighted by the Washington Post as a “new destination for food lovers,” Columbus is “a true food lover’s town.”  Several of our unique restaurants and markets have been highlighted on Food Network and Travel Channel.  No matter your taste or budget, Columbus offers a variety big enough to satisfy any appetite.  You can visit Columbus Alive to browse the city’s many culinary options.

Columbus is an energetic mix of historic neighborhoods and new modern districts.  From German Village, the nation’s largest privately owned historic neighborhood to the Short North, the SoHo of Columbus, the city offers several unique and dynamic neighborhoods that bring the city together.  Many of these areas are home to ethnic and community festivals.    

Short North
German Village
Brewery District
Arena District