The Town of Oberlin

Overview:

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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My Favorite Places in Oberlin

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GUEST POST: The Lost Shops of Oberlin

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GUEST POST: Caitrin's Downtown Brunch Picks

posted by Tanya Aydelott, Admissions | Caitrin ranks the downtown brunch offerings and advises you on menu choices. Mmmm.

Calling Oberlin "Home"

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | Some ideas on what it means to not be from here, but still consider this my home, for the time being, that is.

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posted by Tanya Aydelott, Admissions | Eoin, who grew up in Oberlin, lists his top seven hidden gems of Oberlin. Explore away!

GUEST POST: Amanda's Getaway Spots

posted by Tanya Aydelott, Admissions | Looking for a quiet place to hang out? Amanda's got you covered.

The Weather Here: Part II

posted by Andres Cuervo '17 | Let's talk about the weather - won't this be exciting?!

Parents and Family Weekend!

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New York, New York vs Oberlin, Ohio

posted by Molly Gorin '16 | I looked back at my parents, checking in that it was ok to talk to strangers. They conceded with their eyes that as long as I was in Ohio it was also fine to get into windowless vans and take candy from old women in tall pointed hats.

Downtown

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Month at the Museum

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Finals Survival Guide 2013

posted by Margaret Saunders '16 | As if you needed an excuse to listen to the new Beyoncé album, anyway.

FAQ for Incoming First Years

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Downtown Oberlin

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Red Cup, Blue Cup...Purple Cup

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In Solidarity (a musical perspective)

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How a Practicum in Sociology Helped Me Pick a Career

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My Oberlin family.

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My Oberlin Tour

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Ratsy's and Catsys

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Kittens. That You Can Touch!

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My Oberlin Birthday!

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Chalk Walk

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The Big Parade

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Meet Oliver. He Needs Your Help.

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Oberlin Behind the Scenes

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AMAM and Co.

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Thank you for the food!

posted by Ruby Turok-Squire '16 | And the music, of course.

Oberlin: A Fruit Exposé - Part 1

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Early to Root

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A Celebration of Ringing

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Whimsy, an Oberlin Morning Tour, and Book Reviews

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Being Christian at Oberlin

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To be or not to be Oberlin

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Wheelin' and Reelin'

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Serve It Up: Obies Participate in Day of Service

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Where I Am

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Senior Projects: Like Cracker Jacks, or Pringles

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but ah, desire still cries, give me some food.

posted by Abby Ryder-Huth '13 | weekends = brunch. brunch = love. and brunch + love? perfect.

Evenings at the Feve

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Religion

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Shishta-what?

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Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky

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In Sickness and in Health

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Desk Quest

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My Date with Cleveland

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A glorious return: Commencement Week shenanigans

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Ode to Lorain County

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Toni Morrison says we are a big deal

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4:30 a.m. shenanigans, karaoke Tuesday, and the dating scene at Oberlin

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In support of my public library

posted by Zoë McLaughlin '11 | I could spend the rest of this post muttering to myself about the eight books I read over break. However, I don't think that's what you're here for.

A Congress of Art at the Congressional Art Show

posted by Ma'ayan Plaut '10 | For three weeks of the year, the walls of the Bent corridor (which I totally thought was just a descriptor, not the name of two illustrious alumni, up until last week) are graced with beautiful local artwork from students from the 9th Congressional District. I was ever so lucky to be there photographing it.

Yay sun! (and bikes, history, and tree climbers)

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | I'm not even a huge history buff, but there's something stirring to the soul about stumbling across an old, crumbling stone and barely being able to make out the engraved letters: Born a slave, died free.

The Life of a Journalist...Go!

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Main Street Readings: Flash fiction, poetry, and bluegrass!

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | When I got the note, I started dancing in the library and letting out some jubilant obscenities. I hadn't expected to win, especially for a story I hadn't workshopped, in a style I was new at.

In loving memory of summer

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | I've already got crazy nostalgia for the long, lazy summer days spent lounging in the hammock on our porch, the nights of impromptu jam sessions with my more musically inclined friends, the smell of freshly baked bread rising up from our kitchen.

Moving in and life off campus

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O Little Town of Oberlin

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If a tree falls in a forest...

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Don't Let Go of the Coat

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | I'm keeping the coat, of course. There's a lot of life there.

The joys of spontaneous exploration

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | One truly fantastic aspect of Oberlin and the surrounding area is that, small as it may be, there are always new corners of it to explore.

Trying on a race director's cap

posted by Yitka Winn '09 | On those runs, I reflected a lot on the love that's developed in me over the last three years for the town of Oberlin, and I began working out ideas in my head about how to connect more with the local community.

Fall Break in Oberlin

posted by Aries Indenbaum '09 | When it's so quiet, I enjoy my hard-won free time. I take up my whims.

The Amish and Languages in America (and at Oberlin)

posted by Charles Grim, Admissions | Last night I visited the United World College in Costa Rica and had the pleasure of speaking with a prospective student from Spain. Xiana is a native speaker, not of Spanish, but of Galacian. This got me thinking about differences in language diversity within countries.

Sand to Snow: the West Coast to Midwest transition

posted by Alice Ollstein '10 | I received a request to elaborate on my experience going from a big, urban California environment to Oberlin, Ohio...so here goes!

"The middle of nowhere"

posted by Prof. David Walker '72 | For some reason, people seem obsessed by the image of cornfields. Yes, it's true that in the countryside of Lorain County there are lots of small farms, but there are no cornfields visible from the campus, no cows grazing on Tappan Square.

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