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Campus & City Life



CSU’s 85-acre metropolitan campus is in the heart of downtown Cleveland. 

With more than $500 million in new construction and building renovations, CSU is developing a 21st century campus for the student of tomorrow. The 138,000-square-foot Student Center (SC), a warm and inviting home for student engagement, connects students socially and intellectually. It is home to the new bookstore, multiple dining options, computer lounges, offices for student government and organizations, and a game room.

Historic Fenn Tower (FT) has been restored to its 1929 Art Deco grandeur as apartment-style student housing; next door, a new Recreation Center (RC) offers state-of-the-art health and fitness amenities. Berkman Hall (BH) and Cleveland-Marshal College of Law (LB) have been renovated as well. The new home for the School of Film & Media Arts is located in the heart of downtown Cleveland and Playhouse Square, and the Washkewicz College of Engineering opened a new 100,000-square-foot, $60 million building in December 2017.

Students spend as much time learning outside of the classroom as they do in the classroom. With personalized leadership training and endless opportunities to apply what is learned in the classroom in student organizations, campus governance, study abroad experiences and service projects, students benefit from a wide range of campus life options. Click here to learn more about Student Life at CSU and access a list of more than 200 student organizations. 

Study Abroad

Cleveland State provides opportunities for students to study abroad for a few weeks, a month, a semester or even a year. Students who participate in Cleveland State faculty-led programs receive graded credit just like they would if they were taking classes on campus.

Professors have led students to Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, India, Spain and more. Students who participate in an exchange program and/or directly enroll in a foreign university will receive transfer credit as long as they have prior approval from the Center for International Services and Programs (CISP). Most financial aid can be applied to study abroad and scholarships are available. Study abroad is open to any student who has successfully completed one year of study at Cleveland State (or one semester for transfer students only).

For more information, call 216.687.3910, email or visit


Located on the shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is home to a vibrant arts scene with incredible theater, a world-renowned orchestra, opera, a newly renovated historic art museum, independent film and more. We’re proud of our place in music history, and we continue our legacy through an array of live music venues and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Known as a sports town, Cleveland is home to professional baseball, football, basketball, and hockey teams such as the Cleveland Guardians, Browns, Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters. 

Interested in the outdoors? Cleveland is surrounded by scenic park systems offering residents numerous fun opportunities to bike, hike, kayak, swim, fish and sail.

From arts and culture to major league sports and outdoor activities, Cleveland has it all.

Downtown Cleveland is part of CSU’s campus, so take advantage of what it has to offer!

Restaurants and Pubs

  • The Corner Alley
  • TownHall
  • The South Side
  • Margaritaville Cleveland
  • Flannery's Pub
  • Hofbrauhaus Cleveland
  • Winking Lizard Cleveland
  • Rascal House Pizza 
  • Lola Bistro 
  • Puente Viejo
  • Wahlburger

Nearby Shopping

  • Tower City 
  • Legacy Village 
  • Crocker Park 
  • Pinecrest

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

  • The Cleveland Museum of Art 
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Great Lakes Science Center 
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Pickwick and Frolic  
  • The House of Blues 
  • Quicken Loans Arena 
  • Cleveland Browns 
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Cleveland Indians 
  • Lake Erie Monsters 
  • Wolstein Center


  • The Warehouse District
  • East 4th Street
  • Edgewater Park
  • Gordon Square Arts Distric
  • Tremont
  • Ohio City
  • University Circle