University Circle and Cleveland

University Circle

Just minutes away from downtown, University Circle comprises 550 park-like acres in a vibrant urban environment.  From our campus, you’re just a short walk to some of Cleveland and University Circle’s most outstanding destinations:

CWRU students can cross-register at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Music, whose buildings are among the university's north campus. Meanwhile, three of the country's best medical centers—Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals of Cleveland—call the area home.

And that's just the start.  Just off campus exist various food, shopping and nightlife spots—Coventry, Shaker Square, and Cedar-Lee, to name a few—in the nearby Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights communities.


Ranked as one of the country's most livable cities—and especially a great place for young professionals—Cleveland is a mid-sized city that gets high marks for its:

  • thriving health care and biotechnology industries,
  • lively arts and cultural scene,
  • low cost of living,
  • four-seasons climate, and
  • wealth of natural resources.

Cleveland often is hailed in the press as a hot new dining city, and it’s long been renowned for its arts scenes in neighborhoods such as Tremont, Ohio City, and Collinwood. From African-American theater at Karamu House and indie concerts at the Beachland Ballroom to Friday-night polka-rock in Gordon Square and Saturday-morning shopping at the West Side Market, opportunities abound for a busy life. Plus, you’re also just a short bus ride from Playhouse Square, the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City.

Want to cheer on a team in the stands rather than catch a show? You’re in luck. The Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, Cleveland Browns football team, and Cleveland Guardians baseball team all play in venues downtown. And each year during commencement, graduates and their families can see the Cleveland Marathon racing through the city.

There’s plenty to explore in Cleveland.