Life in Cleveland

Cleveland FAQs

I am not from the Cleveland Area. What are some interesting things to do?

University Circle, home to Case Western Reserve University, is an intellectual, scientific, cultural and health care district. The concentration of institutions within its park-like setting is unsurpassed in the world.

Cleveland is thriving and has many places of interest to offer. Did you know the Cleveland Playhouse District is the second largest theater district in the United States? Did you know the Cleveland Metroparks is a three-time National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award winner? Did you know that the food/culinary scene in Cleveland is booming and ranked amongst the best in the United States? According to, Cleveland offers, not only excellent cuisine but a wide range of cuisine from old world comfort food, such as chicken paprikash, to trendy street food, to upscale restaurants.

Here as some other Cleveland interests/attractions:

Music & Art

Theme Parks


Nature & Science

Where do scholars live?

There are several locations near campus where scholars live. For example, Little Italy is just a 10-minute walk from campus. Not only do these scholars live close to campus, but they are in the heart of great Italian cuisine. The Coventry neighborhood, located in Cleveland Heights, is only a 20-minute walk from campus. Others live in Shaker Square, which is a 10-minute bus ride from campus.

Our Neighbors

Cleveland Heights

Our nearest suburban neighbor, Cleveland Heights boasts beautiful homes, excellent student housing options, great food and 135 acres of park land.


Coventry offers an eclectic assortment of stores, restaurants and coffee shops. It's a favorite place for students to hang-out.

Shaker Heights

Shaker Heights is a thriving community noted for its Georgian-style architecture, sidewalk cafes and unique gift shops.

Little Italy

Nestled right behind the School of Medicine, Little Italy has been home to Cleveland's thriving Italian-American population since the 1920's. It is also home to many quaint restaurants, bakeries and over 30 galleries.


Located about five miles west of campus on the shores of Lake Erie, downtown Cleveland offers nightlife, shopping, restaurants, the Indians, Browns, Cavs, Playhouse Square (theater, opera, dance), contains Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center.

The Warehouse District

The Warehouse District has upscale bars and clubs, fine dining, milling crowds, outdoor concerts and comedy clubs; it's the place for nightlife in Cleveland, right in the shadow of downtown.


Tremont, located just south of downtown Cleveland, is one of the city's oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Tremont is known for its numerous, hip and trendy restaurants in addition to monthly art walks.


The Metroparks also, known as the Emerald Necklace, is popular for everything from Sunday picnics to serious bird watching. The parks contain 250 miles of hiking, bridle and all-purpose trails, plus beaches, pools, toboggan runs, ice fishing, thirteen major fishing areas, cross-country skiing—and more! The Metroparks Zoo and Rain Forest are popular attractions.

Shaker Lakes

Located just a couple miles from CWRU, The Shaker Lakes are a system of parklands through which the Doan Brook runs. The Shaker Lakes Park is a natural and semi-wild area located at the intersection of three municipalities; Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and Cleveland. It includes two lakes created by the Shakers when they dammed Doan Brook to power their industries. The swamp and woodland areas constitute a small wilderness in the heart of the heaviest concentration of population in Ohio, making it readily available for study and recreation. It has a number of beautiful trails and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. It is available to people the public on a day-to-day, year-round basis for walking, photography, painting, nature study, rest and quiet recreation.

East Fourth Street

It's just a block long, nestled between Euclid and Prospect Avenues, in the shadow of Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field. But, what a block! East Fourth Street in downtown Cleveland is home to several restaurants, the House of Blues concert club, and over 250 luxury apartments, carved out of the district's historic buildings. In the summer, many of the restaurants set up cafe tables along the curb giving the strip a sort of Montreal-like atmosphere. Among the eateries on East Fourth are Flannery's PubLola'sZocaloThe Corner AlleySaigonTeresa's PizzeriaWonder Bar and Pickwick and Frolic.

West Side Market

Established in 1840, The West Side Market is Cleveland's oldest operating indoor/outdoor market space. The market attracts a large crowd of both loyal locals and curious tourists. Through the market's history, the tenants and sellers have come from a broad base of backgrounds, representing the cultural diversity of the surrounding neighborhood and Cleveland as a whole. The current roster of tenants includes those of Irish, German, Slovenian, Italian, Greek, Polish, Russian and Middle Eastern descents, among others. In addition, many stalls at the Market have remained under individual family control for much of the life of the Market, in a few cases dating back to the original opening in 1912. Across the street is Market Avenue's charming cobblestone corridor that is home to popular restaurant's like the Market Avenue Wine BarThe Flying Fig and Great Lakes Brewing Company.

Is there public transportation available?

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has shuttle buses routes, which are free to CWRU students. Also available, is the Cleveland's public transport system (RTA) rapid transit train and a bus system that serves the city and suburbs.

What is the weather like in Cleveland?

Cleveland offers a little of something for everyone. Living here will provide you an experience with each distinct season. Winters can be cold and snowy (warm clothing is definitely a necessity), with an average high in the low 30s – great for those skiers and snowman makers. Springs are brisk and full of new life bursting all around. Summers are warm, with an average high in the lower- to mid-80s – great for lakefront or other water activities. Falls are spectacular with colors and autumn smells – great for hiking. No matter the season, make sure to have the right attire.