Akron area

The University of Akron and the community

The city of Akron offers a vibrant downtown, serene parks, and events and venues that appeal to almost every interest. Here's a taste of what you can discover in Akron and the region:

Accommodations while visiting UA

Lodging options are available within 15 minutes of the University (list from Google).

Downtown Akron

If you want to get off campus and discover Akron, downtown is the place to start. Easily accessible and only minutes away, downtown Akron puts you in the center of vibrant cultural amenities, living opportunities, delicious dining options, unique shopping excursions and more.

What's going on downtown?

City Guide for Students


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Advantages of city living

Akron aerial view


  • Whether you grab a bite at a restaurant downtown or attend a minor league baseball game, Akron always has something to keep boredom at bay.

Internships and co-ops opportunities

  • The university has great relationships with distinguished business in the surrounding areas, benefitting students with prominent internships and co-ops.


Part-time jobs

Close weekend trips

put in bayYou don’t have to travel far to enjoy an affordable vacation away from your studies. Whether you prefer exploring a forest via zip line, canoeing and fishing in the lake or skiing down a snow trail, there are numerous getaway locations within 3 hours of the university for you to discover.


Women's soccer action on campusThe city of Akron is home to Zips athletics as well as professional and minor league teams. Students of Akron have the best of both worlds; the community involvement in a Division I Athletics program, along with access to multiple major-league teams within 45 minutes of campus.

Arts and culture

akron civic theaterGet lost in the abundance of art and culture located in Downtown Akron. No matter your interests, there’s something to suit your creative flare.



  • Akron Art Museum
  • Summit Artspace - a variety of art-related programming for area individuals, families and groups, classes and schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations, including workshops, lectures, demonstrations, artist as an entrepreneur institute.


Food and shoppinghamburger festival

So many restaurants, so little time. Try to find your favorite fare amongst the decadent and flavorful cuisine in the area. Your taste buds will thank you. 



Get active

marathonGet up and get moving! Staying active in between classes and studying couldn’t be easier in Akron. With endless possibilities around the area, you’ll have a hard time choosing which one you want to do first. 

  • Akron Zoo - More than 700 animals from around the world located 10 minutes west of campus.
  • Metro parks - Metro offers 14 parks, conservation areas and 125 miles of trails for all sorts of outdoor fun
  • Portage Lakes - Rent outdoor equipment from the SRWC and head to the Portage Lakes, 8 lakes expanding over 2,000 acres, offering a variety of outdoor adventures just 10 minutes away
  • Road Races - Whether you’re a running veteran or attempting your first 5k, Akron and surrounding areas have road races for you

Live music

lock 3Who doesn’t love a live band or concert? Grab your friends and enjoy the talents of local, national, and tribute artists at multiple locations all as unique as the performers themselves.

  • Blossom Music Center - This famous music venue features national artists and also doubles as a haunted horror attraction in October
  • Lock 3 - Downtown Akron’s outdoor venue offering affordable, family entertainment
  • Nightlife - No time for sleeping when Akron’s vivacious nightlife is within walking distance from campus

Annual events and festivals

first night akronAkron hosts thousands of events each year from live concerts to monthly art walks and historic festivals to holiday celebrations. Join other students and citizens of Akron in learning and loving your community.


The rich history of Akron has been archived in the city’s many museums. Students can take advantage of Free Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum, student discounts at the Hower House and so much more.

Religionthe chapel

The city of Akron provides numerous selections for spiritual growth in different religious practices.

  • Click on this link for a directory of Apostolic, Baptist, Brethren, Catholic, Christian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Non-Denominational, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, and United Methodist churches.