Living in Akron

Many students and alumni have commented on the affordable housing in Akron as well as the great variety of cultural and entertainment venues available in northeast Ohio. Campus shuttles and the city bus system provide transportation within the region so students can get around without a car.

2011 Cost of Living Comparison to Major US Cities
(as of October 2011)

To find more information online, use your search engine and enter “cost of living in Akron.” A few interesting links are provided below.

Sperling's Best Places - Akron

City of Akron Cost of Living Calculator

Living in Akron and Summit County

Housing in Akron

Off Campus Housing

There are many locations near campus that provide housing. Some apartment complexes close to the College of Business Administration are The Depot, University Edge, 22 Exchange, Envision Apartments, Fir Hill Towers, and 401 Lofts. This is not an endorsement of these locations, but current students have indicated that they live in them and do not require a car to get to campus.

UA off-campus housing website:

The internet offers many sources for those seeking apartments. You can search on “Apartments in Akron Ohio” from any browser and find options. We do not endorse any site as the best but two available include and These sites may provide apartments which are further from the University of Akron. The College of Business is at 259 S. Broadway, in Akron, OH if you wish to compute distance from campus for some apartment location.

On Campus Housing

Most on campus housing is for undergraduate students. A few residence halls do accept graduate students.

UA on-campus website:

International Students

International students may arrange to have host families assist them upon arrival by contacting Gloabal Ties-Akron. Other information on visa status, arriving in Akron and what to bring with you is available from the Office of International Programs.

Most University of Akron offices are closed on Saturday and Sunday, so students arriving in the area on the weekend will need to make arrangements for a hotel or host family before coming to Akron. Transportation is available from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport or Akron Canton Airport.

On the first business day (Monday through Friday) you should visit the Office of International Programs to take care of all visa, insurance and miscellaneous requirements for new students. After that you should visit our office. Please contact us before leaving your country to schedule an advising appointment. You can contact an advisor at or 001-330-972-7043.