A quick walk from OSU and a short COTA ride from Capital and CCAD, the Short North Arts District is at the very center of a young and vibrant Columbus. For students arriving to town for the first time, or upperclassmen looking to venture out in Columbus, the Short North Arts District is the place to feel the flow of the city. With a renowned arts scene, shopping, and nightlife, take some time to explore your new hometown. 


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For special occasions, big presentations, or a noteworthy formal, Alpha Suit is a custom tailor and suit maker that offers students 10% off with a valid student ID. Photo: Alpha Suit.

American Apparel
From August 10-30, American Apparel is running their annual Back to School sales event, the perfect place to stock up on American made, high quality basics for fall.

Anthropologie will also be featuring a Back to School sale, offering 15% off for students from August 7 to September 7.

Bink Davies
From the elegant to the outrageous, Bink Davies is one of the District’s best loved gift shops. Featuring tons of Ohio-made, local collectibles, jewelry, home wares, and apparel, Bink is a great idea for sending a little Columbus home to Mom and Dad. Plus, students get 10% off with a valid ID.

Blick Art Supplies
Blick is a favorite among local artists for their web match policy. If you find what you’re looking for is cheaper somewhere else, Blick will match it.

Columbus Running Company
A staple for the city’s fans of fitness, Columbus Running Company offers 10% off everything for students.

blick artHippie Hut Guitars and Things
Much more than just psychedelic decor, Hippie Hut has great collections of apparel, vinyl, and accessories for instruments. Students get 10% off with valid student ID. Photo: Hippie Hut.

Lamp Apparel
Taking local apparel to new heights, Lamp Apparel’s collections of tees give college life a bit of flash. The store offers 10% off to students.

Second Sole
If running and fitness is your thing, Second Sole, a fabulous shoe store, offers 15% off for students.


The Chamber/The Garden/The Joint
A valid student ID gets you 10% off at these three novelty stores. More information here.


cbusmovcoThe Pizzuti Collection
Celebrated as one of the most respected modern art collections in the world, The Pizzuti Collection offers free entry for all those with a student ID, from preschool to your PhD.

The Short North Stage
One of Columbus’ premier theater groups, Short North Stage, housed in the historic Garden Theater focuses on a wide range of performance, from musicals to the experimental. They give $5 off for students to Short North Stage performances.

Axis Nightclub
A pinnacle of gay nightlife in central Ohio, Axis headlines some of the biggest names in drag performances. The club lets students in for free on the first Friday of every month.


For visitors unfamiliar with the area, the Short North Arts District is concentrated along High Street between King Avenue to the north and Nationwide Boulevard to the south. For more information on transit and parking, look here. For more information in general about the Short North Arts District, look here.

– Tyler Wilson