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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 $10 for a ticket to high-level sports teams like the Mud Hens and Walleye, and you don’t get a nosebleed. One of my favorite things is the amazing live music.”
Nick Rowe
Class of 2020, professional sales and international business dual major | Noblesville, Ind.
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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 Grub Hub or UberEats and have them deliver to your door. (Insider tip: Carbo-load at Uncle John’s Pancake House on Wednesdays with $2.99 all-you-can-eat pancakes.)

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You haven’t experienced Toledo until you’ve wolfed down a Tony Packo’s Hungarian hot dog. The original Packo’s is on Toledo’s East Side, but there’s a location downtown near the Mud Hens’ baseball stadium and one close to campus. 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 provisions at Walmart and other familiar national stores. A local grocery store, Food Town, isn’t too far from campus and offers discount days on Tuesdays for students.

Outdoor Fun

Toledo was named the No. 1 park system in the U.S. in 2020. Hiking, water sports, roller blading, hunting, 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
  • 19 Metroparks with 198 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
  • Lake Erie and the Maumee River
  • One of the country’s best zoos


Want to cheer for the home team? Check out Toledo’s minor-league hockey and baseball teams – the Walleye and the world-famous Mud Hens. They both play downtown. Or root for your own Toledo Rockets in 16 varsity sports. Want to participate? Sign up for intramural sports and check out the Rec Center on campus. Or wander off campus to a trampoline park, indoor ice skating rink and more.

Hanging Out

Funds getting low? You don’t have to break the bank to have fun. 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 in Uptown, a funky neighborhood of restaurants and retail shops. Students head 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 abound on campus, near campus and all over the city.

Part-time Jobs

Many of our students work. Our career services office can help you find a job, either on campus or somewhere in town. Lots of businesses are within walking distance or a short bus ride away.

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 employment.

Find a Career Here

One out of three UToledo alumni start their careers in Toledo. That’s a great testament to the city’s affordability and quality of life. You’ll make good money — and it will go further here. UToledo has the 2nd highest income mobility among Ohio public universities (New York Times, College Mobility, January 2017).


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 scout out a private space in the library when you need a snooze. But it’s much more fun to sling a hammock (we planted the trees 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: 6/27/22