River Oaks offers luxurious, colorful living just steps from the Ohio State University campus. The University District is heralded as the fastest-changing, ever-evolving neighborhood in Columbus, which means there’s always something new and interesting to see in close proximity to our Grandview apartments.
The Ohio State Campus is Not Just for Students
The Ohio State is the largest in the nation when it comes to enrollment, and the campus itself is comprised of almost 2,000 acres. With all this space, don’t assume that The Ohio State campus is just for students. There’s so much to see and enjoy for people of all ages.
Are there contemporary art lovers in your family? The Wexner Center for the Arts houses contemporary art that spans across performing arts, film, photography, installations, and beyond. Enjoy a film or video screening, live music, an educational talk by a prominent artist or producer, or explore some art installations. “The Wex” has it all.
If you’re a book reader, you’re sure to fall in love with the Thompson Library at The Ohio State University. Enjoy some hours of quiet reading in the Grand Reading Room, explore one of the special collections and exhibits, or grab a coffee at the Berry Café.
If you have younger kids (or if you’re really into Geology), be sure to check out the Orton Geological Museum. As part of the School of Earth Sciences, it houses rocks, minerals, and fossils from Ohio and around the world. You can even interact with a 3D model of a Cryophosaurus ellioti in Augmented Reality. Perfect for the young kid who is obsessed with dinosaurs!
If you’re a comic book nerd, be sure to check out the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum in Sullivant Hall. They house “the world’s largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics, including original art, books, magazines, journals, comic books, archival materials, and newspaper comic strip pages and clippings.” If you’re into comic books, this museum is for you.
The Ohio State campus is just a one-minute drive from our beautiful Grandview apartments, so there’s no reason not to take advantage of this beautiful gem of a campus!
Local Music is Rockin’ in the University District
Musicians from all over the country come to Columbus because of its supportive and vibrant music scene. From Rock n’ Roll to Electronica to Folk, Columbus has arguably one of the most active music scenes in the country. Go to The Newport Music Hall to check out some larger live music acts, but just a few miles north of campus are great local venues like Ace of Cups, the Rambling House, and Rumba Café. Whether you catch a local or national act, you’re sure to have a good time and learn some new music along the way.
Grab Yourself Some Late Night Eats Near Campus
One of the best parts about living near the University District is all the late-night dining options you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll never arrive to a closed kitchen in this part of town!
Perhaps the most popular and iconic late-night eatery in Columbus is Buckeye Donuts, where you can enjoy some mouth-watering sweet treats, breakfast food that hits the spot, and even dinner foods such as gyros and chicken tenders. No matter what time it is, Buckeye Donuts is there to serve up some delicious, satisfying eats.
If you get struck with a late-night sweet tooth, look no further than Insomnia Cookies. Open all day and all night, Insomnia Cookies will deliver cookies to your door as late as 3 a.m. The best part? These cookies arrive warm. Grab a glass of milk and eat some dough!
An all-time favorite of Columbus is Pierogi Mountain, they serve up the most delicious Pierogis that hit the spot after a couple drinks. Open until 2 a.m., the prices are good and the Pierogis are even better.
Feelin’ some late night pizza? You’ve got options! There’s Mikey’s Late Night Slice – delicious New York Style pizza served by the slice, or Hound Dog’s 3 Degree Pizza if you’re looking for something creatively spicy. Hound Dogs’ award-winning pizza is available until 2:30 a.m., so be sure to hit up this local gem with its full-service bar.
The Most Hip Shopping Experience in Columbus
Get your shopping on and check out some of the best record stores in central Ohio. Our fantastic record stores include Lost Weekend Records and Used Kids Records. Each have huge selections of vinyl and music posters and are a great place to hang out if you’re into music. Used Kids Records on North High Street (across from campus) hosts concerts for local musicians.
Check out Clothing Underground, which sells Ohio-pride clothing for people of all fashion tastes. And of course, there’s College Traditions, the place where everyone goes to grab classic The Ohio State gear! Be sure to hit this one up before a game!
If you’re looking for a boutique experience, check out Pitaya, which sells women’s clothing perfect for an autumn-day college course or a night out on the town.
Drink Like A College Kid at One of the Local Bars
When you live near campus, there’s no shortage of fantastic bars for every mood. Champps is great if you love watching sports while eating dinner and drinking from their huge selection of beers on tap. It offers high-quality food with a little something for everyone. It’s a great place to bring the family.
Speaking of great places to bring the family, check out Hofbrauhaus, just a short walk away from our Grandview apartments. Grandview’s Hofbrauhaus is one of the American installments of the original Munich beer hall. They serve up Bavarian fare with authentic German beer in a cheerful garden setting.
For a more sophisticated experience, hit up Brothers Drake Meadery for some delicious mead and live music. Brothers Drake hosts local bands of all persuasions, so get a taste of local mead and local bands!
And finally, gamers rejoice! Old North Arcade is your new hangout if you’re into vintage arcade games, food trucks, specialty cocktails, and outdoor bonfires.
A Near-Campus Experience in Luxury Apartments Close to Downtown Columbus
Clearly, the University District is not just for students! Just minutes from our Grandview apartments near Downtown Columbus, there’s plenty of fun to be had if you’re looking to feel like a college kid for a night on the town.
But, you don’t have to be a college kid to know where to look for a good time. Those who live at luxurious River Oaks can enjoy living near bustling downtown Columbus while enjoying the family-friendliness of Grandview Ohio, all with the full amenities and convenience of living in top-tier apartments. To schedule your tour of our Grandview apartments today, go to our website, where you’ll find glowing reviews, a full list of amenities, floor plans, and prices. We’re looking forward to having you as a neighbor!