Hotels near The Ohio State University
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As an “ordinary” Midwest city, Columbus, Ohio flies well under the radar for most travelers. Yet Ohio State University's massive campus just north of the city is home to more than 50,000 local and out-of-state students. It's no surprise that the city is a popular destination for out-of-town families visiting OSU students. Whether you're looking for an affordable Airbnb option or a three-star budget hotel near Ohio State University, hundreds of affordable accommodations can be found in and around the Columbus area.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels near The Ohio State University

Neighborhoods near The Ohio State University
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Extended Stay America - Columbus - Polaris
from $69
Hilton Columbus Downtown
Hilton Columbus Downtown
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4.5
401 N High St, Columbus
from $159
Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University Area
Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University Area
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4.3
3232 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus
from $104
Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown Columbus
Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown Columbus
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3.6
650 South High Street, Columbus
from $91
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Columbus Airport East, OH
from $84
Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Columbus Airport
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4.3
4265 Sawyer Rd, Columbus
from $98
Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capital Square
from $108
The Westin Columbus
The Westin Columbus
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3.9
310 S High St, Columbus
from $121
Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort
Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort
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2.7
4560 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus
from $80
Embassy Suites Columbus-Airport
Embassy Suites Columbus-Airport
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4.5
2886 Airport Drive, Columbus
from $133
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Book a Private Airbnb Room for the Cheapest Accommodations

Travelers seeking the cheapest accommodations should research the dozens of private rooms near Ohio State University. Clean, basic rooms within a 15-minute walk to the campus start around $50 per night. All offer some form of shared bathroom, shared kitchen and dining space, free Wi-Fi, and a short walk to the nearest bus stop. The Private Room Short North, Columbus offers space in a two-bedroom apartment priced at just $45 night. Additional amenities include a backyard, washer/dryer, and a central location within walking distance to High Street, OSU, and the Convention Center.

For less than $70, travelers seeking many of the comforts of home will find basic, well-reviewed apartments with full kitchens, washer/dryers, and other modern amenities. Groups of four or more can find rental apartments with multiple bedrooms and even more features starting around $100. With a sizable number of Airbnb options near the university, it's possible to find accommodations anytime of year. However, the number of affordable options is limited and fill up fast, so it's important for budget-conscious travelers to book early.

Budget Motels Are Cheapest Near Downtown Columbus

A map of hotels near Ohio State University reveals dozens of name-brand, budget hotels and motels in the area. Budget travelers primarily concerned with the most affordable accommodations will find options in and around downtown Columbus, just a short drive from the university. Travelodge Columbus, Econo Lodge Columbus, and America's Best Value Inn Columbus North are located less than ten minutes from the school with room rates around $45 nightly. For just $65-70 per night, the Red Roof PLUS Columbus and Varsity Inn OSU North Columbus are located a short walk from Ohio State University.

Find a Budget-friendly Hotel Within Walking Distance of OSU

Travelers in search of even more amenities will find affordable 2- and 3-star hotels in Columbus. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Columbus Univ Area is a well-reviewed, two-star property within a short walk from Ohio State University. Rooms start around $110 nightly, including free Wi-Fi internet, an indoor pool, free parking, and a complimentary area shuttle. For 3-star luxury, SpringHill Suites Columbus OSU offers additional amenities including in-room kitchenettes, free hot breakfast, and an on-site restaurant and spa. The hotel is located a short drive from the university with nightly rates from $140.

Take Advantage of the Free Area Shuttle at Many Budget Hotels

Many area hotels offer complimentary shuttles, typically to any destination within a few miles of the hotel. There are also dozens of affordable hotel and Airbnb options within walking distance of the university. The Columbus Metro area provides a solid, reliable public transportation system that's quite affordable. However, given the distances between essentials like hotels, restaurants, and the university itself, travelers will likely want to rent a car.

So Many Options

With a wide assortment of budget hotel, motel, and Airbnb options, visitors can easily find affordable accommodations near Columbus' Ohio State University. Travelers may be able to rely on free hotel shuttles, however booking a rental car is often the most convenient transportation option.

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