The city of Oberlin, a community of about 8,600 residents, has just about everything a student could need within a comfortable walking or biking distance. Restaurants and fast food places, coffee shops, clothing stores, a post office, public library, groceries and health food markets, book stores and gift shops, banks, places of worship, and even an old-fashioned dime store are some of the amenities available to students.
Oberlin also has a vibrant arts community. In addition to resources from the college, the city is home to the New Union Center for the Arts, the Oberlin Heritage Center, and offers student volunteer opportunities with community groups that sponsor fairs, parades, workshops for school children, food drives, and other activities.
Being just 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, Oberlin students have ready access to many of the cultural trappings of a metropolitan center. Cleveland has many ethnic enclaves, world-class orchestras, art museums and galleries, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, professional sports teams, shopping centers, and nature parks.