Oberlin and Beyond
Oberlin College is an integral part of Oberlin, Ohio, a community of about 8,600 residents located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland. The editors of Ohio Magazine chose Oberlin as one of Ohio's Best Hometowns for 2012, based on such criteria as community spirit, historical landmarks and architecture, quaint shopping and galleries, and entertainment.
Oberlin was a cover story for the magazine's November 2011 issue, which also recognized four other communities. This was the second time Ohio Magazine has selected Oberlin for one of its "Best of" issues. In 1996, the editors chose Oberlin as Ohio's Most Livable College Community.
The City of Oberlin
Oberlin, while small, offers just about everything an Oberlin College student could need within walking distance. Locally owned restaurants, fast food eateries, coffee shops, boutiques and thrift shops, a supermarket, post office, a discount shop, and a health food store are all just around the corner from the main campus. These amenities and more led to the editors of Ohio Magazine to select Oberlin as one of five "Best Hometowns" for 2012.
Oberlin also has an active arts community. In addition to the resources of the college and Conservatory of Music, the New Union Center for the Arts provides a home for a number of organizations dedicated to increasing appreciation of the arts, including the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA), and the MAD* (*Music Arts and Drama) Factory.
The community is also home to the Apollo Theatre, an Art Deco style building featuring bright neon lights on its marquee. It first opened in 1913 and remains one of the few single-screen movie theaters in the United States. The Apollo shows current films (a good balance to the college's film series), and at an affordable $6.50 (with student ID), is a true bargain. The theater’s owners completed a series of renovation projects in fall 2009 in an effort to meet the eligibility requirements for federal and Ohio historic rehabilitation tax credits, and the Federal Park Service historic preservation standards. Renovations to the theater were finalized in summer 2012.
Oberlin students have the best of both worlds: the safety and familiarity of small-town life, along with access to a world-class city less than an hour away. Cultural events, museums, and great food are just a few of the reasons to visit nearby Cleveland.
Among the city's many attractions is the Cleveland Orchestra, recently dubbed the finest orchestra in the country by Time magazine. Cleveland's theater district, known as Playhouse Square, has a combined capacity of 7,500 seats, and is the largest theater complex between New York and Chicago. The city's many museums include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the most eminent art institutions in the country, and one of the few that has free admission. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Great Lakes Science Center, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo--which now includes a year-round rainforest exhibit--are among other educational sites.
Cleveland is also a major-league sports city. Teams include baseball's Indians, perennial division and league champions; the NFL's Browns; and the NBA's Cavaliers.
- Oberlin Main Street—Chamber
- Oberlin Public Library
- Electronic Oberlin Group
- The Bridge
- City of Oberlin
- Oberlin College Bookstore
- Oberlin Heritage Center/O.H.I.O.
- Oberlin College Conference Services
- Oberlin Public Schools
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
- Cleveland Concerts
- Cleveland Metroparks
- Cleveland Museum of Art
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History
- Great Lakes Science Center
- Cleveland Orchestra
- Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
- Playhouse Square
- Lorain County
- Lorain County Transit
- Visit Lorain County
- University Circle