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Hotels in Columbus near Ohio State University

Ohio State University Introduction

The third-largest university campus in the United States, the Ohio State University is a public university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, it has grown into one of the top state universities in the country. Situated 4 miles north of downtown, it features the Ohio Stadium (nicknamed "The Horseshoe" and the home ground of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team), and the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The campus is well-placed for the college bars, pubs, and restaurants on North High Street, as well as the many city attractions of downtown Columbus.

Hotels near Ohio State University

There's a range of hotels within easy reach of Ohio State University, from modest budget inns to mid-range chains. At the more affordable end of the scale, you'll find bright, simply furnished rooms, plus free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking. Several mid-range hotels nearby also have conference facilities, indoor or outdoor pools, and restaurants. Term time is from August until May, when the area is buzzing with students. July and August attract premium hotel rates. For bargain room deals, visit in winter, but wrap up warm as temperatures in Columbus can drop to below freezing.

Where to stay near Ohio State University

Ohio State University is in the University District, in the northern suburbs of Columbus, 4 miles north of downtown. It attracts a buzzy student crowd for most of the year. Travelers on a budget often head to Necko, a residential district south of the university, within easy reach of Ohio Stadium's Buckeye games. Downtown Columbus attracts a wealth of visitors to the city. Many who come for arts and culture stay close to historic attractions, such as the quaint German Village and the Short North Arts District, where you'll find art galleries, microbreweries, and independent restaurants.

Things to see near Ohio State University

You could watch a top-class athletics meet at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, a 6-minute walk from campus. Or catch an Ohio State Buckeyes football game at the Ohio Stadium, which is 1.4 miles south. Or perhaps book tickets to a big-name act at the Express Live! events and concert arena, which is a 7-minute drive from campus. From here, it's less than 10 minutes' stroll to the Nationwide Arena for Columbus Blue Jackets ice hockey matches. Or you may want to escape the bustle of the city at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 7 miles southeast.

How to get to Ohio State University

The easiest way to reach the Ohio State University is by car. It's just off the Olentangy Freeway and 1.7 miles from I-71, and there's plenty of street parking available. If you're arriving by air, John Glenn Columbus International Airport is 8 miles east of campus. Columbus has an extensive bus network, which covers the University District. It takes around 40 minutes to get into downtown, and stops at all major attractions, including German Village, the Ohio Stadium, and Express Live!. Downtown Columbus is easy to explore on foot, with most attractions within 20 minutes' walk.

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