Columbus - University Area
- SR 23 (High St) runs N/S directly in front of campus, beginning at Lane Ave going S. and King Ave going N. on High.
- SR 315 is west of the campus. Exit at W 12 St. takes you to East side of Campus and University Hospital.
- I-71 Exit on 5th Ave. Go west, takes you directly to High and campus.
- Greyhound Station, 111 East Town St, +1 614 228-2266, . Hours: 24 hours a day.
- Megabus, +1 877 462-6342, . Service to Columbus from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Chicago. Fares start at $1. Buses arrive and depart downtown Columbus at the COTA Express Transit Terminal, located at West Spring Street and North Wall Street. Buses also serve Ohio State University from a stop at the north side of the Neil Drive loop next to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Neil Drive is located northwest of Neil Avenue and West 12th Avenue.
- Port Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH), 4600 International Gateway, ☎ +1 614 239-4083, . Port Columbus is served by all the major airlines, with direct flights to most major American cities. Aside from rental cars, the airport can also be reached by the #92 bus, or by taxi. A taxi ride to downtown is only 10 minutes and will cost approximately $25. Depending on your schedule and where you are connecting to, it may be worthwhile to check flights to Dayton as well, as they are often cheaper.
- The Jack Nicklaus Museum 2355 Olentangy River Rd. +1 614 247-5959  A 24,000 square-foot educational and historical facility, on the history of golf.
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. Once inside of the actual University grounds, parking is severly 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.
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.
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 just a stern NO and move on, if they ask for money, which is uncommon. All in all, walking in the OSU area should be considered safe and enjoyable.
- Drexel Gateway Theatre, 1550 North High Street, ☎ +1-(614)-545-2255, .
- Ohio Stadium 411 Woody Hayes Dr.  Home to OSU foootball.
- Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center 55 Arena Dr.  (Take Lane Ave across Olentangy River.) OSU Basketball, concerts, monstor trucks. Great facility!!!! All tickets through ticketmaster 
- Wexner Center for the Arts, +1 614 292-0330  Ohio State University.
- Lane Avenue Shopping Center On Lane Ave. between Northwest Blvd. and the OSU campus.
- Lennox Town Center Olentangy River Rd., next to State Route 315 just west of the Ohio State University. Theaters, Target, Bath and Body Works, Barnes & Noble, restaurants, student-oriented shopping center for the needs of OSU students.
- Giant Eagle All over Columbus. N of Campus on High. Ask for discount card.
- Kroger All over Columbus. S on High from campus for closest. Ask for discount card.
- North Market South of campus across from convention center. Good choice!
- Good Will, 2768 N. High St., +1 (614) 784-9439. Slightly used clothes and furnishings. Numerous Columbus locations.
- Volunteers of America, 3620 Indianola Ave., +1 (614) 263-9134. Slightly used clothes and furnishngs. Numerous Columbus locations.
- Used Kids Records, 1980 N. High St., +1 (614) 294-3833. This used CD and record store has been a Columbus staple for over 20 years. 
- Cluck-U Chicken. 2620 North High St. Order online. 
- Hound Dog's, North High Street / Campus / Clintonville , great pizza, open 24-hours.
- The Blue Danube, 2439 North High St. +1 614 261-9308. An Ohio State University institution, it's a cheap bar/diner with a wide variety of food and drinks, open late. Try the gravy fries.
- Buckeye Donuts, North High St Open 24-7, this is another Ohio State University institution. As their name suggests, they have a wide selection of donuts and crullers, as well as inexpensive gyros and falafel.
- White Castle Scattered throughout Columbus, you will find the popular White Castle burger franchise. Fries, burgers, shakes, breakfast. Most are open 24/7 and offer some of the most inexpensive eats in town.
- El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant 3230 Olentangy River Rd. +1 614 261-0900.
- Aladdin's Eatery 2931 N. High St., Clintonville. +1 614-262-2414.  Mediterranean cuisine, shawarma, hummus, mujadara. Lunch and dinner: daily. Children's menu; beer and wine. Entrees: $8.95-$11.95. Several Columbus locations. All are very clean and great food.
- Ashley's 328 W. Lane Ave. In the Holiday Inn on the Lane, University area, +1 614 294-4848.  American cuisine, lunch buffets, steaks, seafood. Breakfast, lunch and dinner: daily; Sunday brunch. Children's menu; cocktails. Entrees: $14.95-$25.95..
- Cap City Fine Diner 1299 Olentangy River Rd., University area. +1 614 291-3663.  Diner favorites with an upscale twist, meatloaf, Romano-encrusted chicken, chocolate cake. Lunch and dinner: daily; Sunday brunch. Children's menu; patio smoking; cocktails. Entrees: $7.95-$24.95. Several Columbus locations.
- Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe, 1421 Olentangy River Road, ☎ +1-(614)-291-2233, .
- Bistro 2110 at the Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, ☎ +1-(614)-247-2110, .
- McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon, 1576 North High Street, ☎ +1-(614)-294-2200(firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1-(614)-294-2747), .
- Taj Mahal 2321 N. High St. +1 614-299-7990.  Indian and Pakistani cuisines. Lunch and dinner: Tu-Su. Children portions available; patio smoking; cocktails. Entrees: $7.99-$22.99. No wheelchair access.
- The Columbus Fish Market, 1245 Olentangy River Rd., University area. +1 614 291-3474.  Seafood, cedar-roasted salmon, hoisin-glazed yellowfin tuna, Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes. Lunch: Monday-Friday; dinner: daily. Children's menu; cocktails. Entrees: $15.95-$28.95.
- Larry's Bar, 2040 North High Street, ☎ +1-(614)-299-6010, . A campus institution, Larry's is the place for conversation and cocktails.
- Newport Music Hall, 1722 North High Street, ☎ +1-(614)-294-1659(fax: +1-(614)-294-4698). Popular music concert hall amongst college students. Newport Music Hall draws a fair number of national acts.
- Skully's Music Diner is a trendy, but unassuming bar in the Short North.
- Skye Bar, 1590 North High Street, ☎ +1-(614)-421-7593(email@example.com), .
- The Columbus Dispatch - Daily Newspaper 
The Dispatch is Columbus' daily newspaper, and has the standard News/Sports/Arts/Classifieds mix. Perhaps due to the fact that Columbus is the state capitol, the Dispatch usually carries more news about state politics than most of the other Ohio dailies. In addition to the standard vending machines, the Dispatch can also be purchased on some COTA (public) buses by depositing an extra $0.50 into the fare box.
- The Other Paper - Alternative/Entertainment newspaper 
The Other Paper is probably the best source for information on the music and arts scenes in Columbus. It is geared towards a younger (or at least more liberal) audience and can usually be found free in coffee shops and restaurants.
- Columbus Alive - Entertainment newspaper
While not as colorful or notorious as The Other Paper, Columbus Alive is another good source for entertainment schedules, and may be less jarring to those with conservative sensibilities. It is also provided free at local businesses and libraries.
- The Lantern - Student Newspaper 
The Lantern is the student newspaper of The Ohio State University, and can thus be found in and around the University's campus. The writing found in the Lantern is sometimes of questionable quality, causing some students to nickname it The Latrine.
Columbus, like all of Ohio and the USA provide a right to all citizens, of free expression of religion and worship. This also applies to one who has no beliefs or does not believe in a higher power. As in most countries, there is a presence of those who have a fanatical form of belief that they would like to impose on you or introduce you to. It may be in your best interest to avoid discussions of religion with those who you are not familiar with.
- Ohio State University Medical Center 410 W. 10th Ave. (Towards Olentangy River) +1 800 293-5123.  Ohio State University Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country.
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus OSU, 3031 Olentangy River Road, +1 614 267-1111, Fax: +1 614 267-0904, .
- Holiday Inn of the Lane 328 W. Lane Ave. University area. +1 614 294-4848. 
- University Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 3110 Olentangy River Rd, ☎ +1-(614)-267-7461(fax: +1-(614)-267-3978), .
- The Blackwell, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, +1 614 247-4000, Fax: +1 614 247-4040, . Located directly on Ohio State's campus, the Blackwell offers top amenities at an unbeatable location.
This page was last edited at 19:06, on 4 November 2008 by Wikitravel user Edmontonenthusiast. Based on work by Mike Sharp and Andrew Haggard, Wikitravel user(s) Tjackson and Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel.