Recent Alumnus 2010-07-26T19:02:09Z
Finding a house off campus is a difficult task. There are a vast amount of houses, but finding one that suits all of your needs is difficult. Convenience is not really an issue, for me, because the university does have an off campus bus route that goes through the main section of off campus housing, in addition to riding my bike, which many students also do. The cost is relatively high. Many places off campus do not offer rent that is all inclusive, so in addition to paying a high amount for rent, you must also pay for all of your utilities seperately. Parking I do not think is a major issue because many students do not even bring cars, and those that do, do not use them often. The types of landlords vary, but personally, my landlord is very attentive and helpful, and I have yet to have a problem with him. Finally, I have never had an issue with safety off of campus. I have found that if you use common sense and pay attention to your surroundings then you will be fine.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-26T18:56:12Z
Dining Options – In comparison to many other universities, Ohio State has a wide variety of dining facilities for students to use their meal plan. Each facility has many food options, catering to all types of people (vegetarian, vegan, etc.). My favorite place to eat, on campus, is Oxley's Cafe. The food their is excellent and they always offer a lot of different choices. Also, the baked goods and desserts are always a bonus for breakfast and snack cravings. The amount of sides that come with each meal, on the meal plan, is very generous and allows for leftovers. I also like that I can use my flex dollars to purchase food from off campus restaurants and merchandise from nearby stores.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-26T12:59:49Z
I Do Not Have a Car at School – I do not have a car at school. I use the COTA to get around.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-26T12:56:31Z
No Enough Black Representation – Diversity is encouraged, the mix is slightly biased.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-20T19:27:18Z
We have the best damn band in the land and the best damn team in the land...need I say more?! We are The Ohio State buckeyes, are fans are loyal, and true, they are with us every step of the journey and the fans are cheering on the bucks rain or shine!
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-20T19:25:48Z
Dorms Are Where You Meet People – The dorms are defintely where you meet people your freshman and sophmore years. Become close with your neighbors and roomate(s). They will end up becoming some of your closest friends in college. Rooming assignments can be difficult, but rememeber to think positive. Rooming randomly is the best way to meet new people and expand your horizons.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-20T19:23:30Z
Speech and Hearing Sciences – Speech and Hearing Science major students are very friendly, you will see a lot of familiar faces in your major classes. The professors are really helpful and decicated to their students and classes. Be prepared to work extremely hard, the field is becoming more and more competetive, be prepared to work hard if you are looking to attend grad school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-20T19:18:36Z
It's Ohio – Well, we are in Columbus, Ohio so we see everything. This past winter was rough, lots of snow, and ice, on the plus side, campus did close one day, which never happens. Spring quarter is the best, everyone is laying out, playing sports, listening to music, doing homework, napping or just enjoying the day on The Oval, nothing beats a sunny spring day out on the Oval. Fall is also really enjoyable, great sunny weather for tailgaiting :)
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-19T21:38:16Z
Athletic Centers – The Ohio State University's Athletic center the R-pac is the most amazing athletic facility in Columbus. It consists of many newer machines great group classes and large cafe. The R-pac is open to all OSU students and is very convenient. It out does even the high class Life Time Fitness in all areas.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-13T20:46:16Z
Drug Use – There are a lot of people from many different places, so yea there are a lot of drugs. Everyone has their own party life so I dont mess with the drugs
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-13T20:45:06Z
Most of the Greeks on campus (guys) are looked down upon as joining a frat as a way to make friends. Not a lot of people like "frat guys". The girls however are not really viewed any differently.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-13T20:36:55Z
Health & Safety:
Crime happens all over the campus housing areas all the time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-28T17:17:38Z
Guys & Girls:
Diverse Campus and Boys – Ohio State is a huge campus with a diverse student population. Looking for a nice indie boy or an attractive frat boy? Gotcha covered. Running into a hot foreign exchange student at a house party? Totally happens. (Personally Italian and French men so far) Not everybody grew up on a farm and there are plenty of out of state students from every region of the country.
On campus gyms and recreational teams are very accessible to students so you'll find the majority of boys active and in shape and with every sort of age and maturity level in between. Meeting people isn't hard either and you literally will have your pick of boys. While there is a mainstream of pop culture trends among most of the student population, there are still plenty of people who are not.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-28T16:48:00Z
Great City to Start in – Columbus is the state capitol and a thriving city, you can find a lot of things to do if you ever find time to pull yourself away from campus. If you have never lived in a city before, its a great place to start. The bus is easily accessible for students, who get to ride for free with their student ID, and there are many enjoyable places to visit. The Short North is within walking distance of campus or a short bus ride and its filled with galleries, vintage shops, bars and clubs. I've been to a show there and there are plenty of events that go on there. Make sure you have some ice cream form Jenni's! There's also the arena district downtown and all of those bars and clubs. Venture out to the suburbs and there are very nice shopping malls. You should be able to find anything from an eatery to a shop off of HIgh Street that will become a fast favorite. Many cater to students, so they either accept BuckID cash, deliver, stay open late, or have great deals for students. Ohio State has a huge alumni population as well as being a well respected institution. There's a homey and friendly feel towards students off campus and Columbus is a city you can live in without ever feeling overwhelmed.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-28T16:31:01Z
Work Your Resources – Computers are easily accessible and are in all the libraries on campus that I have used but you need to understand every location to work it to your full advantage. The Thompson Library and the SEL are always going to have their computers full during any convenient time that you would like to use it. Travel a bit north of campus and you'll find the Architecture library in Knowlton Hall to be practically empty or walk east towards High Street and 15th and the Fine Arts Library usually has a computer or two open (they only have maybe four or five computers total). I lived in south campus dorms so I used the computer lab from the library located next to the hospital more often due to location but its usually only half full. If you are an art student who would need to work on the computer, there is a lab fully equipped with media software however I strongly suggest calling ahead to reserve a computer and especially during midterms/ finals. Your department should have their own computer lab anyway which I use during the week when the building is open.
If you don't want to deal with university student's schedule to use the computer at odd hours, then investing in a laptop is the way to go. Most people have one anyway and the campus is wireless so you have internet access in your dorm, in any building, or if you want to study outside on the Oval.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-24T14:40:35Z
Health & Safety:
Moderately Safe – Ohio state is a large campus and therefore hard to keep it under a constant watch. Recently a shooting occured at Ohio State. These things are few and far in between however,they can take place. Other wise Ohio State is a relatively safe campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-22T05:44:07Z
I think that partying is an unavoidable aspect of college life and OSU is certainly no exception. There are plenty of options (both those catering to the underage as well as the 21+ crowd) in the campus area and in the chnance that they don't suit you, downtown is only about five or ten minutes away (free shuttle busses run ferquent routes thursdays through saturdays). Fraternities throw plenty of parties and while I'm not personally big on house parties; you will never find yourself at a loss to find one. While OSU is not thee biggest party school in the country, it certainly knows how to have a good time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-22T05:36:44Z
Guys & Girls:
I think that OSU has a good mix of people. It is the biggest school in the country so you are bound to find someone with similiar interests. I went to a branch school during my freshman year so transferring here brought about a refreshing change in scenery. I definitely see more "urban" dress here, though there is still a mix of different cultures and backgrounds. Greek life is not comparatively big at OSU but I am a member of a sorority and so it is my prime source of social interaction. Relationships are most likely the same across the board, in my oppinion- most college students are figuring out what they do and don't want so it's not an aspect that I would see differing too much between schools.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-22T05:27:06Z
The Ohio State University has an impressive list of academic opportunities. I chose this school because the Psychology Program is ranked 7th in the country but students here may choose from 170 majors or may create a custom major specific to their intended career path. The classes are definitely bigger than what I was used to in high school (I've had lectures that were bigger than my entire graduating class), but I believe that students who are motivated to excel certainly have the opportunity to establish relationships with professors. In addition to 170 majors, Ohio State offers over 900 choices for extra-curricular involvement and boasts one of the best First Year Experience programs in the country. I chose OSU because the Psychology Program here is ranked seventh in the country. The school also offers several top-ranked programs and I am consistently impressed with the level of my peers' intellignce. I would give OSU an A+.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-21T20:35:26Z
Buses Are Good but Sometimes a Car Is Necessary – There are campus buses that run all day and with your student id you have free use of all of the Columbus public buses so when you don't have far to go this is a cost-effective and easy way to get around. When you are venturing further to places such as Easton or Polaris you are much better off driving.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-21T20:29:37Z
Many Restaurants, Some Require a Car to Get to but Are Worth the Hastle – There are many excellent restaurant options around campus. Many of them are within walking distance but if you have access to a car, there are excellent options in the Polaris and Easton areas that are worth driving to. I highly recommend trying any of the Cameron Mitchell restaurants such as Marcellas, Cap City, and Ocean Club. You won't be disappointed
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-21T20:23:58Z
Free Wifi on Campus, Why Not Take Advantage? While there are many labs available on campus I usually only use them when I need to print something because I forgot to print it at home. Using the money on your student id you can print from most labs on campus. There is free wifi access almost everywhere on campus, including on the oval so I prefer to bring my laptop to campus when I need computer access.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-14T22:18:02Z
Obviously, drinking is not allowed in the dorms. However, my RA for my first year told us just to not let her know about it, and not to act like you don't have it, if you do get caught.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-14T21:21:14Z
The facilities at OSU are wonderful. The gyms offer a wide variety of equipment the students can use. Also, the gyms are located in various places around the campus so that they're in close range to everyone.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-14T21:04:47Z
I haven't actually been inside the apartments surrounding Ohio State. However, the outsides of the apartments are very nice. Most of the apartments are quite expensive, though. Most apartments start at around $500.
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