Where is Case Western Reserve University located?

We’re glad you asked! Case Western Reserve is located in Cleveland, Ohio, just 5 miles east of downtown. We’re situated in the heart of University Circle, one of the city’s most energetic and culturally robust communities.

Cleveland often is hailed in the press as a hot new dining city, and it’s long been renowned for its arts scenes in neighborhoods such as Tremont, Ohio City and Collinwood. From African-American theater at Karamu House and indie concerts at the Beachland Ballroom to Friday-night polka-rock in Gordon Square and Saturday-morning shopping at the West Side Market, opportunities abound for busy life. Plus, you’re also just a short bus ride from Playhouse Square, the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City.

Want to cheer on a team in the stands rather than catch a show? You’re in luck. The Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, Cleveland Browns football team and Cleveland Indians baseball team all play in venues downtown. And each year during commencement, graduates and their families can see the Cleveland Marathon racing through the city.

There’s plenty to explore in Cleveland. Schedule your visit to see what it’s all about.

University Circle

Just minutes away from downtown, University Circle comprises 550 park-like acres in a vibrant urban environment. From our campus, you’re just a short walk to some of Cleveland and University Circle’s most outstanding destinations:


Students can cross-register at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Music, whose buildings are among the university's north campus. Meanwhile, dozens of the country's best medical centers — Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals of Cleveland—call the area home.

  • Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall

  • Cleveland Museum of Art

  • Cleveland Botanical Gardens

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History

  • Cleveland Institute of Music

  • Cleveland Institute of Art

And that's just the start. Cleveland's Little Italy bustles just off campus and leads to various food, shopping and nightlife spots—Coventry, Shaker Square and Cedar-Lee, to name a few—in the nearby Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights communities.

Top 10 Things To Do When Visiting Cleveland

#1
West Side Market

West Side Market

Celebrating its 100th birthday this year, the West Side Market is an institution, located in Cleveland’s historic Ohio City. With more than 100 vendors selling everything from homemade pasta to whole pigs, you’ll find whatever you’re hungry for at the West Side Market.

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#2
World-Class Museums

World-Class Museums

University Circle is Cleveland’s cultural epicenter, boasting the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Museum of Contemporary Art and CWRU’s Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum—among many others.

#3
Home Sweet CLE

Home Sweet CLE

Discover a neighborhood (or three). From Ohio City to Shaker Square, Cleveland’s neighborhoods are a major part of what make it so special. Don’t miss nearby Little Italy, where you can enjoy the bistros, bakeries and shops that offer a taste of Italia in CLE.

#4
PlayhouseSquare

PlayhouseSquare

Curtain’s up at PlayhouseSquare, the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City. Whether your theater tastes are front-row seats to the latest musicals or standing-room-only at a comedy show, you’ll find it on stage in the Square.

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#5
Get in the Game

Get in the Game

Cleveland is home to some of the country’s most loyal sports fans. And fans of just about any sport can find a team to love in CLE, including Indians baseball, Browns football, Cavaliers basketball, Lake Erie Monsters hockey and Gladiators arena football. Game on!

#6
Chow Down in C-Town

Chow Down in C-Town

Cleveland’s culinary scene, from food trucks to five-star restaurants, has stepped into the national spotlight in a major way. Want to taste some of the best in the Midwest? Head to East Fourth Street downtown or track down the trucks.

#7
A Night on the Town

A Night on the Town

The key to good nightlife is being diverse, and Cleveland has it all—from the brand-new Horseshoe Casino to live music venues such as Beachland Ballroom and Grog Shop. Plus, don’t miss the comedy clubs, breweries and other hidden gems that make CLE unique.

#8
The Heart of Rock ’n’ Roll

The Heart of Rock ’n’ Roll

Discover why Cleveland rocks with a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located just six miles from Case Western Reserve. The 150,000-square-foot space features seven floors, five theaters, special events and always-changing exhibits.

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#9
Walk Through the Wild Side

Walk Through the Wild Side

In the heart of the city, get to know the wild animals. Start at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, home to 3,000 animals representing 600-plus species. Next up: the newly opened Greater Cleveland Aquarium, where you can see everything from Ohio’s brook trout to sand tiger sharks.

#10
Hiking, Biking and More

Hiking, Biking and More

Recently named a top cycling city, Cleveland’s a great place to be active. Visit the Cleveland Metroparks, which span more than 21,000 acres and feature hundreds of miles of trails. Prefer the open sea? Visit the shores of Lake Erie for your fill of water sports.