Plan Your Trip

Symposium Venue

Getting Here

  • From the Airport
    • Uber, Lyft, and local taxi companies – rate is around $20-30
  • Parking
  • Public transit
  • Bikeshare
    • CoGo bike share :: offers classic bikes and e-bikes (look for the pink wheels)
  • Walking
    • It is a 1.5 mile walk (33 minutes) from the intersection of High and Buttles (in the heart of the Short North, near The Graduate Hotel) to the Ohio Union. It is generally a safe area, although one might not to walk alone at night, or at all during bar closing time (1am-2am)

Hotel information

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus – Downtown
    • 501 N. High St., Columbus, OH
    • Nightly rate: $199 (single occupancy; additional fees apply for more guests; parking extra)
    • Block name: UCGIS 2024
  • The Graduate Columbus
    • 750 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
    • Nightly rate: $122 (single or double occupancy)
    • Register as a guest of The Ohio State University
  • Hilton Columbus Downtown
    • 402 N. High St., Columbus, OH
    • Nightly rate: $122 (single or double occupancy; parking extra)
    • Block name: UCGIS 2024
  • Other area hotels may also accept GSA rates ($122) if you are eligible for those.


Campus Area

There are numerous restaurants near campus that cater to students. Some highlights

Short North

Downtown/Arena District

  • Wolf Ridge Brewing
  • Jackie-O’s on Fourth :: brewpub with rooftop and garden in a beautifully renovated 1910 building, with Goood Friends (no typo) Midwestern food
  • Speck :: Italian
  • North Market

Italian Village

German Village

Victorian Village

  • Stauf’s :: Great coffee in an old church (1334 Neil Ave)
  • Basi :: Italian


Things to See/Do

General information and events


  • Franklinton :: The first European settlement of Columbus (1797) – a once repeatedly flooded industrial neighborhood, now a happening arts district. Also features a great beer garden at Land Grant Brewing.
  • German Village :: The Georgetown of Columbus – brick homes, shops and streets. Good restaurants, coffee houses, small shops, beautiful Schiller Park, and a famous 32- room bookshop.
  • Short North Arts District :: More entertainment than arts district at this point, but good options for food, drink and shopping.


Live Music


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