Sophia_Mills wrote:Are the areas around campus dangerous? I've heard a lot of people talk about how unsafe they are, but I also figure the concerns could be overblown. I'm from a pretty small town and trying to decide whether I want to live close to campus or do what I'm leaning toward and getting something 8-10 miles away from campus.
I'll be honest - I've lived in two major cities, and I was still much more cautious around OSU than I was in either of the other big cities. There are a couple of rough neighborhoods around OSU, and there are pretty regular incidents of car break-ins or muggings around campus. That said, I don't think it's so bad that I'd avoid OSU completely. The neighborhoods East and South of campus tend to be rougher. I lived West of campus (close to Upper Arlington/Grandview), and had absolutely no issues living there, although it's farther out and I would usually drive to campus (15 min commute). The campus itself and the immediate surrounding areas are pretty safe as well.