Centrally located in thriving Columbus, Ohio, the Moritz College of Law is close to several great neighborhoods and attractive amenities. Whether students desire a short walk to class or would rather a short commute by bus or car, Columbus is brimming with possibilities. Most of Columbus’ neighborhoods are in walking distance of several places to eat, shop, and enjoy the city at night. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) bus system also runs throughout the city, connecting its residents to every corner, from Polaris Fashion Place to historic German Village.
The city itself has much to offer, as it is home to six Fortune 500 companies and more than 700 law firms. Columbus is the 15th largest city in the nation, but has the distinct advantage of smaller neighborhoods that give it a welcoming feel. Many young professionals choose to settle here because of all Columbus has to offer. In 2013, Columbus was ranked the fourth-best city in the nation for recent college graduates – good news for Moritz students.
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Incoming students looking for roommates to share living expenses have two tools at their disposal. Visit your class Facebook page, or submit information about yourself through our Roommate Finder tool (forthcoming). Only those who use the tool can access information about other students seeking roommates. Information is kept behind a password-protected site.
Apartments in Fisher Commons are available to students in the joint degree program (J.D./MBA). However, if units are available after all MBA students have been assigned, law students can rent at Fisher Commons, located just west of main campus. One- and two-bedroom units are available, and these upscale apartments feature walk-in closets, full-size stackable washers and dryers, built-in computer work stations, and spacious living rooms and kitchens. Fisher Commons features group study areas, storage units, barbecue grills, and on-site parking.
Restaurants, coffee shops, shopping centers, a movie theater, and other amenities are a short drive away. Just across the street is Fred Beekman Park, which features recreational fields and facilities and a walking/running trail.
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Buckeye Village is a 390-unit apartment complex operated by the university for married students and students with dependent children. Buckeye Village offers the benefit of secure and convenient housing at an affordable cost. Unfurnished one bedroom flats and two-bedroom townhomes are available on a month-to-month basis. This community is wireless and offers day care and a community center with laundry and workout facilities. Also on the community’s grounds are a playground and a basketball court.
The complex is located about 2 miles from Moritz, and within walking distance of several Ohio State sports and entertainment arenas, including the Schottenstein Center, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Buckeye Field, and Ohio Stadium. Across the street is University Plaza, which features a Kroger grocery store, several local and national restaurants, a gas station, and other amenities.
Contact the Office of Student Life for leasing information at (614) 292-8266.
South Campus Gateway Apartments
Managed by the Office of Student Life, the South Campus Gateway apartments are located just across the street (500 feet) from Drinko Hall. In fact, law students are given first preference to live here, and about one-quarter of Moritz students take advantage of that. These studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments are great options for students who are just getting a feel for Columbus or want something close to the university. Apartment units come equipped with Internet service, basic cable, a fully equipped kitchen and a washer and dryer inside each unit. The building also provides students with a fitness center.
Within steps of these apartments, there is a selection of nightclubs and places to dine, including Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Panera Bread, Mad Mex, and Eddie George’s Grille 27. The expansive campus bookstore, the Gateway Film Center, and multiple stores are also in the Gateway district.
Contact the Office of Student Life for leasing information at (614)292-8266.
William H. Hall Complex (Neil Building)
The Neil Building is a great option for grad students and is only a short walk (0.5 miles) from Moritz. This new facility mirrors the look of one of Columbus’ most renowned neighborhoods, Victorian Village, which is just down the street. The complex includes one-bedroom studios, doubles, triples, and quads. Designated rooms are set aside as grad-only housing. The suite-style rooms are spacious, and laundry facilities and study areas are located in the building. This facility offers convenient parking, access to campus Wi-Fi, kitchen facilities, and a marketplace dining hall located on the first level, adjacent to a courtyard.
Contact the Office of Student Life for leasing information at (614)292-8266.
Located approximately 2.5 miles southwest of campus is home to many graduate students and young professionals. The community is made up of a combination of homes, duplexes, and apartment buildings, as well as many restaurants and bars. The Grandview Hop occurs the first Saturday of every month, April through November. The approximate boundaries of the Grandview area are King Avenue on the north, Goodale Boulevard on the south, Olentangy River on the east, and Cambridge Boulevard on the west.
Areas to check out include: Runaway Bay, The Quarry, and Marble Cliff Commons. Visit offcampus.osu.edu for more information listings in Grandview.
Located approximately 3 miles northwest of campus, Upper Arlington is home to approximately 36,000 residents and is one of Columbus’ most established suburbs with an excellent school system, beautiful parks, two country clubs with golf courses, and convenient shopping centers. Upper Arlington is bounded by Fifth Avenue on the south, Henderson Road on the north, Route 33 on the west, and Kenny Road on the east.
Areas to check out include: Governour’s Square, Olentangy Commons, Fox & Hounds Apartments, and The Farms Apartments.
Only 2.8 miles south of Ohio State’s campus, Downtown Columbus offers many housing options near the Ohio Statehouse, business districts, and the city’s theaters and museums. On High Street in the heart of downtown, the recently revamped Columbus Commons offers outdoor activities such as free concerts, movies, and food trucks. The Commons is set to receive yet another facelift with the integration of new living spaces, showing the continuous progress in the area. Current living arrangements include some private homes as well as luxury apartments, condos, and homes for rent. Areas to check out include: The Seneca, Grant Oak Apartments, The Abigail, and The Annex at River South.
Located 2.2 miles south of Ohio State’s campus, the Arena District is perfect for sports lovers and concert-goers alike. With Nationwide Arena at the heart of the action, new luxury apartment buildings have sprouted up all over this neighborhood. Students can find a sleek living space in a thriving part of downtown Columbus, where residents are never more than steps from dining or entertainment.
The area also is home to the city’s NHL hockey team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and its minor-league baseball team, the Columbus Clippers. Nestled into this comfortable part of the city are several parks, offering beautiful scenery and places to enjoy the weather. Areas to check out include: Arena Crossing Apartments and Flats II Apartments. The Arena District is bounded by Convention Center Drive, North Front Street, Neil Avenue, and West Spring Street.
The Short North Arts District
The Short North provides young professionals a city-living experience less than 1 mile from campus. The neighborhood boasts fair-trade coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, and an artisan ice cream parlor, art galleries, and some of the city’s hottest dining spots. Picturesque Goodale Park is a block off of High Street and a great place to relax or take one’s dog for a brisk walk in the fall. The Short North, which runs along High Street from 5th Avenue to Vine Street, is within walking distance or a short COTA bus ride from Drinko Hall. Accommodations range from apartments to brownstone units. Areas to check out include: Flats on Vine, Greystone Court Apartments, and Victorian Gate Condominiums.
Located approximately 1.2 miles south of Ohio State’s campus, Victorian Village includes private homes and houses that have been divided into separate living quarters, which are available for rent. Apartments also are available in Alexandria Colony.
Grocery stores and other conveniences are located within the immediate vicinity of the neighborhood. A shopping and dining haven is just beyond the neighborhood’s borders, with High Street and the Short North Arts District only blocks away. Located in the middle of the neighborhood is Goodale Park, which is perfect for walks and jogging. COTA bus service offers direct service from Victorian Village to the law school. The neighborhood encompasses West Fifth Avenue on the north, Goodale Boulevard on the south, Harrison Avenue on the west, and High Street on the east.
Visit offcampus.osu.edu for more information and listings in Victorian Village.
University District and Old North Columbus
The University District is home mainly for undergraduate Ohio State students, with some graduate students and even permanent residents also residing there. Information about renting houses and apartments in this area is available through Off-Campus Student Services, which specializes in helping students select safe, affordable housing. The district backs up to Clintonville to the north, 5th Avenue to the south, North 4th to the east, and Ohio State’s campus to the west.
A variety of townhomes, apartments, and full-size homes are available to students, and the district has the advantage of High Street’s abundance of restaurants, entertainment, and shopping being just steps away.
Farther north begins a shift from the activity of undergraduate student life to the tamer, more trendy Old North Columbus, a residential area sprinkled with some of the best restaurants, bars, live entertainment venues, and shops in the city.
Visit offcampus.osu.edu for more information on apartments, houses, and townhouses in the University District.
Clintonville is a roughly 6-square-mile neighborhood about 1.5 miles north of Moritz, tucked between the University District and Worthington. About 30,000 people, a mix of longtime residents, young professionals, and graduate students, call Clintonville home. The neighborhood features a mix of duplexes, apartments, and privately owned homes. Clintonville is a comfortable mix of residential streets, parks, and convenient shops and restaurants.
COTA bus stops along High Street put Clintonville residents just a short bus ride away from Ohio State’s campus. The neighborhood comes with an abundance of history, as it was once home to the largest amusement park in the United States and the largest swimming pool in the world. This is the perfect neighborhood to settle north of the constant city motion in a quieter suburb that still is convenient to campus.
Areas to check out include Olentangy Village, River Lodge Apartments, Riverview Place, and Georgetown Apartments. Visit offcampus.osu.edu for more information and listings in Clintonville.