Our City

Cleveland's Diverse Neighborhoods

Cleveland was built as a model American city—businesses at the core, homes on the skirts—so it isn’t your typical metropolis. It’s better. Cleveland features a patchwork of neighborhoods whose cultural fare and architecture are as diverse as the people. From African-American theatre at Karamu House and indie concerts at the Beachland Ballroom to Friday-night polka-rock in Gordon Square to Saturday-morning shopping at the West Side Market, opportunities abound for the busy life.

The worldwide food press has hailed Cleveland as the “hot new dining city,” with top nods for new restaurants, farm-to-table operations, ethnic foods and neighborhood eateries, while a number of the city’s arts communities, including Tremont, Ohio City and Collinwood have garnered national attention.

Ranked as one of the country’s most livable cities, Cleveland gets high marks for thriving healthcare and biotechnology industries, the lively arts scene, cost of living and four-seasons climate, not to mention a wealth of natural resources. Lake Erie and the “Emerald Necklace,” a system of nature preserves, comprise Cleveland’s big backyard and make for optimal outdoor living. The Cleveland Metroparks feature miles of running and hiking trails, bridle paths, ball fields and nature centers. The parks dot and span much of Northeast Ohio, so a trip from the city to nature is only a few minutes away.

University Circle (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/14965886832/) by Erik Drost (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/), CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) Cropped, saturated, levels adjusted
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University Circle (The Circle)

The Circle is home to our school and university and is considered a world-class center for education, medicine and the arts.

Cleveland Little Italy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/14779518519/) by Erik Drost (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/), CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) Cropped, saturated, levels adjusted
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Little Italy

Little Italy was started in the mid-1800s by an Italian sculptor. To this day, the neighborhood holds a strong cultural heritage. More than 20 galleries, 15 restaurants, and much more line Mayfield Road and the connecting streets.

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Coventry Village

A destination and home for many of our students, faculty and staff, Coventry Village features eclectic eateries and shops less than a couple of miles from campus. Coventry is filled with affordable apartments where many of our students live, and below those apartments are several different types of retail shops and restaurants.