The Town of Oberlin


As you'll notice via a quick search for Oberlin on Google Maps, Oberlin is not exactly a bustling metropolis - and in general, people seem to like it that way. Sometimes folks from coastal cities have trouble understanding the allure of moving to a small Ohio town for college, but most quickly change their minds after visiting us.

Students come to Oberlin from all over the place - from the biggest cities in the world to farming villages in sparsely populated states. In fact, one of Oberlin's major advantages is that it brings together people from many different kinds of places - and allows them to learn from each other. With its incredibly active arts scene, excellent restaurants, and small, close-knit community, Oberlin combines the culture of a big city with the safety and peace-of-mind that you can only find in a small town.

Main Street businesses have virtually everything a student could ever need, allowing the community to really embrace the call to 'Buy Local!' Many restaurants in town embrace local food production, including an almost exclusively local foods breakfast & lunch restaurant, a bar and grill famous for its 'Just Right' buffalo wings, and a small organic grocer and cafe. There are also a few delicious pizza places, two Chinese restaurants, a fancy restaurant serving Asian Fusion, and a burrito bar, among others. Ask five students what their favorite restaurant is, and you'll likely get five different answers.

The town of Oberlin is intimately tied to the College, but it also has its own rich history that every college student should explore.

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