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I didn’t know what to expect when I came here, but there’s more to do in Toledo than people think. The food scene is something special. And downtown Toledo is economical.

You can eat and not break the bank. You can also spend just $10 for a ticket to high-level sports teams like the Mud Hens and Walleye. One of my favorite things is the amazing live music.”
Nick Rowe
Class of 2020, professional sales and international business dual major | Noblesville, Ind.

A Welcoming Community

Toledo is located in northwest Ohio near the shores of western Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes. The city has long been known for its auto manufacturing and glass industry. But it has a growing reputation as a tourist destination and a great place to go to college, start a career and make a home.

More than 600,000 people live, work and play in the Toledo metropolitan area. Toledo is home to the famous Mud Hens baseball team, Jeep headquarters and the world-renowned Toledo Museum of Art.

We are proud of Toledo’s diversity. Our city has a rich history of welcoming immigrants. Wander our neighborhoods and you’ll find international restaurants of all varieties. Whatever your faith tradition, you’ll likely find a place to worship here. Toledo has Hindu and Buddhist temples, Jewish synagogues, Muslim mosques and Christian churches. We have a mediation and prayer room on campus and a Catholic church across the street.

The Center for International Studies and Programs helps our international students connect with American families through:

  • Toledo International Hospitality Program
    You are matched with an American family and have monthly get-togethers (dinners, events and activities) to learn more about each other.
  • Thanksgiving program
    Faculty, staff and community members host students for a traditional, American holiday dinner.
One of the things that’s special to me about The University of Toledo is that it is truly multicultural. The University has outstanding support services for international students. The staff has been through it all and knows the ropes because UToledo has students from so many different countries. They want to help you feel comfortable and confident.
UToledo also is the perfect size. It’s small enough that you can easily get to know people, but big enough to have all kinds of opportunities. The classes are just the right size, too. I could speak up in class and ask questions because they were not so crowded. The campus is beautiful. I would go out on Centennial Mall and just sit, look at the fountain and enjoy what a beautiful place it is. There also are many fun things to do in the city and surrounding areas.”
Sarah St. Fort
Class of 2017, finance; Class of 2019 M.B.A. in finance | Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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The Stubborn Brother
Tony Packo's
Cedar Point
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Walking Distance

Plenty of restaurants — both fast food and sit down — are close to campus. You can use your Rocket ID as a debit card at many of them. Order from food delivery services like Grub Hub or UberEats and have them deliver to your door. (Insider tip: Just down the street from UToledo, Uncle John’s Pancake House serves all-you-can-eat pancakes on Wednesdays for $2.99.)

Toledo Icons

You haven’t experienced Toledo until you’ve eaten a Tony Packo’s Hungarian hot dog. The original Packo’s is on Toledo’s East Side, but there’s a location just down the street from campus, too. Ask around for other Toledo must-eats like Holey Toledough Donuts and Schmucker’s, known for its glorious pies.

International Food

Immigrants of all ethnicities settled in Toledo. You’ll find tasty Italian, Middle Eastern, Mexican and Indian food — and Polish and Hungarian places, too. El Vaquero and QQ Kitchen are popular student hangouts for Mexican and Chinese food close to campus. El Vaquero also has a fun, waterfront location downtown.

Grocery Shopping

Hop on the bus to pick up groceries at Walmart and other familiar, national stores. A local place, Food Town, isn’t too far from campus and offers discount days for students. You can even pay with your Rocket ID/debit card.

Outdoor Fun

Toledo is one of the top 2 places to live in Ohio for outdoor fun (US News & World Report). Hiking, water sports, roller blading, fishing — you can do it all here.

  • A 6-mile bike and walking path from Main Campus to Wildwood Metropark and the suburb of Sylvania
  • 14 Metroparks with 120 miles of trails
  • An outdoor skating rink and disc golf course at Ottawa Park, just down the street from campus
  • Cedar Point, one of the world’s premier amusement parks just an hour away
  • The Maumee River and Lake Erie, one of the U.S.’s five Great Lakes
  • One of the country’s best zoos


Want to cheer for the home team? Check out Toledo’s hockey and baseball teams – the Walleye and the world-famous Mud Hens. They both play downtown. Or root for your own Toledo Rockets in 15 sports. Want to participate? Check out the recreation center on campus and sign up to play basketball, soccer or another sport. Or wander off campus to a trampoline park, indoor ice skating rink and more.

Hanging Out

Funds getting low? Grab a cup of coffee at local coffee shops near campus. Toledo’s renowned art museum is free. So are a lot of area events and festivals. And of course, we’ve got malls and movies.

Lively Downtown

No reason not to explore. Students get free bus rides from campus to downtown. There’s always something going on, especially on weekends. Or just wander — on the waterfront or Adams Street, a funky neighborhood that hosts an annual zombie crawl in October. Lots of people go to the local restaurants and coffee shops downtown, too.

School Work

You’ll find it — that cozy spot where you can tackle that paper or study for an exam. Maybe it’s under a tree on campus. Or in Carlson Library, which has plenty of private study spots and a Starbucks on the second floor. You won’t ever lack for caffeine. Coffee shops are abundant on campus, near campus and all over the city.

Part-time Jobs

Many of our students work. International students are allowed to work 20 hours each week. Our Career Services office can help you find a job on campus. UToledo offers more than 4,000 on-campus student jobs each year.

Co-ops and Internships

The headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies are located in and around Toledo. These and other Toledo companies often partner with the University and offer opportunities for research collaboration, internships and co-op work experiences.


Parents coming to town? Most hotels are a 10- to 15-minute drive from campus. A few — including the Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn — are just down the street. The Radisson is located on the Health Science Campus. Just south of Toledo and off the turnpike, the suburb of Maumee has more options. Looking for a more urban experience? Reserve at The Renaissance on the downtown waterfront. Be sure your parents treat you at its cool rooftop bar/restaurant.

Novel napping spaces

You can find a private space in the library when you need a break between classes. But it’s much more fun to sling a hammock (we planted the trees on campus just the right distance apart for you). We love seeing brightly colored hammocks all over campus when the weather’s nice.

I live about an hour from Toledo, but have a lot of family here. I love to show off Toledo. I take my friends to lots of places – the art museum, the zoo, Walleye games. I brought some sorority sisters to Dia del Nino and we volunteered. When you come to a place that isn’t home, it’s hard. It means a lot to me to help my friends expand their horizons in Toledo.”
Alexis Alvarado
Class of 2021, political science | Defiance, Ohio


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Last Updated: 4/22/20