Columbus, Ohio

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University District

College Students

University District is the center of off-campus living. The area surrounds campus, all within walking distance, and made up of apartment buildings, townhomes and homes split up into apartments. Tons of restaurants, bars and entertainment options including movie theaters and concert spots make it the first stop for OSU students. https://offcampus.osu.edu/resources/off-campus-resources/columbus-neighborhoods/

  • The University District
  • Victorian Village/Italian Village
  • Short North
  • Arena District

Italian Village

Young Professionals

Italian Village is a hotspot for young professionals looking for an active social scene but not right in the heart of the University District. More boutique housing options upgrades it a bit from the apartment complexes in the college neighborhoods. German Village is another good option for those who want a bit more outdoor lifestyle – parks, picnic areas, softball fields, fishing ponds and outdoor theater make it a social and outdoor center of the city.

  • Italian Village
  • German Village
  • Short North

River South District

DINKs/SINKs

River South District is an interesting alternative to the core University and Village neighborhoods. A bit more of a chill spot with beautiful river views, walking, biking and doggo play areas, it houses the Cultural Arts Center and of course runs along the river south of the city center.

  • River South District
  • King-Lincoln

German Village

LGBTQ+

Columbus has several popular neighborhoods with the LGBTQ+ community. German Village is the most partnered with gay couples and is filled with German pubs, art galleries and at times the German Village Society offers a “Gay Pioneers Tour” that explores the queer history of the neighborhood and Columbus.

  • German Village
  • Short North

Westgate

Families

Westgate is one of the most rock-steady family neighborhoods in the city. Anchored by the 46-acre Westgate Park, the beautiful homes both have their own wonderful yards and tree-lined streets, but also amazing play options at the park on the tennis courts, athletic fields, and a fishing pond. Eastmoor is another great option, just five miles from downtown and filled with the most diverse community in the city. Residents do an amazing job taking care of the plentiful common green areas and creating as tight a bond as any neighborhood in the city.

  • Westgate
  • Eastmoor
  • Merion Village