Plan Your Visit

Two UC students walking in front of Great American Ballpark

The University of Cincinnati has an engaging and diverse campus with various organizations and events that students can immerse themselves in. We also have the additional benefit of being in the city of Cincinnati. Whether you're a foodie, art enthusiast, sports fanatic, or business savvy individual, Cincinnati caters to you. Learn a bit more about our city and all you can do to make the most out of your visit experience.


The following hotels have rates for University of Cincinnati guests. Please contact the hotel directly for the rates.

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown (0.5 miles to University Pavilion)
  • Graduate Cincinnati (0.9 miles from University Pavilion)
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Uptown University (0.8 miles from University Pavilion)
  • Hilton Garden Inn Cincinnati Midtown (3.9 miles from University Pavilion)
  • SpringHill Suites Cincinnati Midtown (1.8 miles from University Pavilion)


Cincinnati is a food enthusiast’s dream. Throughout the year there are multiple food festivals and events that allows you to sample foods from local restaurants or try different foods from around the world. If you’re looking for a great place to grab a bite with friends or family while in town, Cincinnati’s local restaurants won’t let you down. We have listed some of our top places below!

  • Best Italian – Pepp & Dolores | 1501 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine

        Inspired by the spirit and sense of hospitality experienced at Sunday supper in the home of our grandparents, Pepp & Dolores is a casual Italian restaurant that pays homage to family and to the food that brings people together. Featuring housemate pastas, carefully curated wines, and a balance of cherished family recipes with fresh, vibrant flavors that make us feel: This is home.

  • Soul Food/Fried Chicken – The Eagle | 1342 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine

    At the Eagle, house-brined and dredged Fried Chicken and Southern Sides are the stars of the show. With "Best Of" accolades around the country, our chicken brings people together. We source free range, all natural birds, and couple it with classic southern side dishes, sandwiches, and carefully curated cocktails, along with a select list of local craft beers and other American favorites. This is approachable, comfort food done right. 

  • Great Brunch – Avalanche Crepes & Waffles |160 W McMillan St, Corryville

    It’s peak season for indulgent eating. We’ve been high up in the mountains preparing the perfect brunch and we’re finally ready to share it with one of the hottest college towns around. So, if you’re bored with traditional breakfast and looking for fare with more flare, Avalanche Crepes + Waffles has got you covered.

  • Coffee and Baked Goods –The Fix Coffeehouse & Bar | 48 East McMillan Street, Walnut Hills

    A warm and inviting place to start your day, The Fix serves great coffee and has a great assortment of breakfast foods and snacks. Take some time to sit and sip on a hot coffee or get an iced coffee to go. 

  • Indian – Adeep India | 211 W McMillan St, University Heights

    Great local spot for Indian cuisine. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. A casual eatery for traditional Indian dishes, from tandoori fare to chicken tikka masala. Dine in or carry out.

  • Pizza – Mac's Pizza Pub |205 W McMillan St, University Heights

    Where friends and family come together: Founded on the idea that old-world, hand-crafted pizza should be readily available and affordable, we became a hot spot for college students and locals to enjoy a fun night out without breaking the bank. And we never looked back. 

Neighborhood Breakdown

Visiting Cincinnati gives you a glimpse of the big-city adventure and small-town charm that awaits you. Different areas within the city cater to different activities and lifestyles. We have listed some of the neighborhoods that make up the wonderful city of Cincinnati. 

  • Clifton/Corryville

    While Clifton is the neighborhood officially housing our Uptown campus, the Corryville neighborhood is often grouped together and they connect right along the campus edge. This neighborhood houses our Short Vine street, a favorite weekend area for students. You can find students in these neighborhoods living in nearby apartments or converted houses or celebrating a Bearcats win on the weekends.

  • The Banks

    Centered downtown near the Ohio river, this neighborhood is a bustling area housing the Paycor Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds. On gamedays, you can find students cheering on our local teams.

  • Over-the-Rhine

    One of the largest, most intact urban districts in the country, Over-the-Rhine is the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Home of countless local restaurants, historic Findlay Market, and the Cincinnati Music Hall. You can find our students and families visiting this neighborhood whenever they want to get a taste of the city!

  • Covington/Newport

    While not a neighborhood of Cincinnati, these nearby Kentucky towns are just over the bridge and are a quick 10 minute drive. With the aquarium and activities located in Newport and downtown shopping and eating in Covington, you can find our students throughout Kentucky.


Sports, food, museums, art exhibits, parks, concerts and so much more! If you’re looking for it, Cincinnati has it. Outside of campus, Cincinnati offers a plethora of activities that you can enjoy. During your visit, stop at one of the amazing excursions we have listed below! 

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

    The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the sixth oldest zoo in the United States, founded in 1873 and officially opening in 1875. It is in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Findlay Market

    Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most cherished institutions, welcoming more than one million visitors each year.  Located just blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine, a dense historic neighborhood rich in 19th century architecture, Findlay Market remains the bustling center of farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods. Open Tuesday through Sunday year-round, Findlay Market is home to more than 50 full-time merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, ethnic foods and more. On weekends, the Market also hosts a thriving Farmers Market, a vibrant Outdoor Market, numerous street performers and several special events.

  • Newport Aquarium

    The Newport Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Newport, Kentucky, United States at Newport on the Levee. It has 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, 1,000,000 US gal of water, including five acrylic tunnels totaling over 200 ft in length. It is the first aquarium to have had success in breeding shark rays.

  • Cincinnati Museum Center

    The Cincinnati History Museum is an urban history museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. It opened in 1990 at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. The museum features the recreated Cincinnati Public Landing from the mid-1860s and an exhibit covering Cincinnati's role in World War II.

  • Smale Riverfront

    Park along the Ohio River featuring gardens, a playground, a splash pad & panoramic walking paths.

  • Eden Park

    Located next to Mount Adams neighborhood, the park has 186 acres of green space, walking trails, and a few lakes!


Cincinnati is full of vibrant and rich history. Known as the "Queen City", Cincinnati has no shortage of interesting pieces of history that will keep you learning something new everyday. 

  • Cincinnati was founded in 1788 and named after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus who was a hero of the Roman Republic in the fifth century and a model of civic responsibility.  

  • In the 19th century, Cincinnati was America’s meatpacking powerhouse which is how Cincinnati earned the nickname “Porkopolis” and is still fondly revered with statue pigs throughout the city and our annual “Flying Pig Marathon”.  

  • First held in 1976, Cincinnati has America’s largest Oktoberfest celebration that includes about 700,000 people featuring genuine German inspired food and beer, live music, a wiener dog race, and world’s largest chicken dance.  

  • Cincinnati is home to the first professional baseball team established in 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, now known as the Cincinnati Reds.  

UC Voices

Aprilynne Gable, Student Body President and twirler, during fiilming of "The College Tour" on campus.

"UC is such a fun, vibrant community. We have so much to offer and there are many faces to UC, helping to ensure most anyone can fit in! We are all Bearcats.” 

Emilee Suchomski, Director of Admissions

The football team defeated UCLA at Nippert Stadium.

“I am proud to be apart of such a diverse community of welcoming students with such a strong alumni network.” 

Grace Nonnamaker, Admissions Counselor

Fall scenes on campus

“If you weren't told this is a university, there is a 50% chance you wouldn't be able to tell you were on a college campus. Everything is so different, yet it merges so well together. There aren’t the same styles anywhere on campus. Everywhere you look and go is different than where you came. The architecture and greenspaces are a refreshing change from the average college campus.” 

Sam Clay, Admissions Counselor

Behind the scenes of the filming of The College Tour tv show. Jasmine Shaban segment

“I am part of the UC community! And every person is very hardworking! It's not just the building that made the university. It is the people who work hard to make the campus home! UC gives me a chance to play different roles like studying as a student, working part-time as student staff, working for others as student leaders, and volunteering to help others! So, yes I am a proud Bearcat!” 

Yashvi Srivastava, Aerospace Engineering ‘24