The University District is comprised of the neighborhoods surrounding one of the nation's larget public universities, The Ohio State University. It is an eclectic mix of thirteen distinct neighborhoods: Dennison Place/The Circles, Glen Echo, Indianola Forest, Indianola Terrace, Iuka Ravine, Northwood Park, Old North Columbus, Peach District, Sohud, Tuttle Park, and Weinland Park.
The area now known as the University District was not originally part of the City of Columbus at all. In 1842, out of expansive farmland emerged a separate town, North Columbus. Even before the establishment of The Ohio State University, which was first established in 1871 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, North Columbus thrived as a transportation node for stagecoaches travelling between Columbus and Sandusky. It existed on its own until it was officially annexed to Columbus in 1871.
Prestigious neighborhoods quickly emerged south and east of the University as Columbus businessmen and Ohio State University professors constructed residences. Streetcar lines stretching northward led to development of attached row houses along the eastern edge of the University District and provided housing for young families. The University and businesses surrounding it prospered greatly throughout the early 20th Century.
By the 1950’s, the University District was overflowing with returning GIs and their families. To accommodate this influx, zoning was altered to permit rooming houses and higher density development, which resulted in significant changes to the neighborhood. The impact these zoning changes had on the neighborhood is still being grappled with today. Home to a wealth of ingenuity, the University District will continue to evolve and be a defining force of social and economic influence in Columbus and of Central Ohio.
Demographic Snapshot (2010 Census)
- Population: 43,996 (+6% from 2000)
- Male: 24,781
- Female: 19,215
- By Race
- White: 35,612
- Black: 3,548
- American Indian: 106
- Asian: 3,012
- Pacific Islander: 13
- Other: 768
- Two or more races: 937
- Hispanic: 1,771
- Households: 14,316
- Owner occupied: 1,578 (10.1%)
- Renter occupied: 12,738 (81.9%)
- Average household size: 2.3
2.83 square miles
56,387 enrolled students
1,227 businesses, human service agencies, and institutions
city services & resources
Columbus Police Department:
Non-Emergency: (614) 645-4545
Columbus Fire Department:
Non-Emergency: (614) 221-2345
Household Trash Collection: Tuesday (Wednesday after a holiday)
Yard Waste Pick-up: Thursday (Same day as recycling pick-up)
Bulk Item Pick-up: Call 645-3111 to schedule or go to http://311.columbus.gov/
Single-family homes and buildings with four units or less in the University District will have free curb-side recycling. Pick-up is every other Thursday. For more information and to determine when it is recycling day Thursday, visit: LINK
Street Sweeping and Prohibited Parking:
Don’t get towed! Street sweeping takes place on the second Thursday (North & East sides of streets) and Friday (South & West sides of streets) of each month, from April to November. Parking is further prohibited from 8:00A.M. to 4:00 P.M. from Frambes Ave to Arcadia and from North 4th/the railroad to Olentangy River Road and from 8:00A.M. to 2:00 P.M. from Frambes Ave to 5th Ave and from North 4th/the railroad to Olentangy River Road. For more information, visit: LINK
City Service Requests (311):
Call 614-3111 or go to http://311.columbus.gov/ for topics concerning….
- Abandoned vehicles
- Animal Complaints
- Homeless Advocacy
- Snow/Ice Removal
- Bike Related Items
- Law Enforcement
- Street Lights
- Bulk Collection
- Street Maintenance
- Code Violations
- Parking Violations
- Traffic Signals
- Curbs/Handicap Ramps
- Public Health
- Traffic Signs
- Recreation & Parks
- Fire Hydrants
- Recycling Services
- Fire Safety
- Refuse Collection Services
- Water, Sewer & Drain
The MyColumbus app gives you access to city services and information on your smart phone.
- Get Active
For more information, visit the 311 Website for app download links.
neighborhood solutions Guidebook:
Developed by the Weinland Park Collaborative for the University District, the guide gives residents a step-by-step approach to problem properties and difficult neighbors in the University District.
- Noisey residents
- Code complaints
- Vacant or abandoned structures
Road Construction Updates:
American Electric Power: 1-800-277-2177
City of Columbus Electric: 614-645-7360
City of Columbus Water: 614-645-8276
Columbia Gas: 1-800-344-4077
Be sure to call the City before you dig! Do so by contacting the utility marking service at 811 or 1-800-362-2764
Ohio State University Construction Projects Update:
Public Health Departments:
City of Columbus Public Health provides clinical services and public health programs and can be reached at 614-645-7417.
Franklin County Public Health provides pest control, immunizations, rabies vaccinations, and health alerts and can be reached at 614-525-3160.