Living in Cincinnati


Going to school or working at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing most likely means you will be living in the Cincinnati area. The benefit of being at an urban university is that we share our borders with local businesses, residential neighborhoods, vulnerable populations, artist communities, medical centers, and city parks. You’ll find that our students are richly diverse in ethnicity, socio-economic levels, age, religion, sexual preference, political identity, life experience and worldview.
While its urban richness provides many opportunities for collaboration and partnership in education and research, it is also a great place to live. An additional benefit for employees is that they receive discounts to many destinations within the city.
Here are just a few of our favorites:

For Culture:

For Learning:

  • The Krohn Conservatory houses plants from both desert and tropical climates, including a room devoted entirely to orchids. One of the most fascinating events is the annual Butterfly Show, where countless butterflies are released to fly freely within the Conservatory’s showroom.
  • The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum downtown based on the history of the Underground Railroad. The Center also pays tribute to all efforts to “abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people".
  • Newport Aquarium offers views of 11,000 beautiful and dangerous water-dwelling species. Galleries take visitors into 16 different aquatic worlds, including shark-filled ocean depths, alligator-infested swampland and the penguin populated Arctic.
  • Union Terminal is home to three museums and an omnimax theater: the Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Science, and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater.
  • Over-The-Rhine (OTR) is acclaimed for being the largest historic urban district in the US. Teeming with eclectic architecture from around the world, OTR is home to attractions such as Washington Park, Cincinnati Music Hall, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

For Eating:

  • Graeters was founded in 1870 by Cincinnati native Louis C. Graeter and has since been a city favorite passed down through his family. Graeter’s provides delectable French-pot ice cream and other baked goods and has been considered a definitive food of Cincinnati, along with being a personal favorite of Oprah Winfrey. 
  • Montgomery Inn offers award-winning baby-back ribs with an assortment of other fine-dining food and beverages. In addition, the Inn also offers guests a boathouse view from is riverside location in Downtown Cincinnati.
  • Located near Over-The-Rhine, Findlay Market embodies the American ideal of a melting pot fused with Cincinnati’s individual culture and identity. The market offers an array of vendors and attracts people from all areas of the city who engage in bartering for uniquely prepared foods and products.

For Fun:

  • The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is a world-class facility that is home to 700 animal species and 3,000 types of plants.
  • The Banks is a progressive establishment of new night life, entertainment venues, and living quarters initiated by the city of Cincinnati. Located between the Ohio River and Great American Ball Park, the Banks strives to provide a new, improved way of living for Cincinnatians.
  • King’s Island Amusement Park features some of the “tallest, fastest and meanest” roller coaters in the world. There are over 300 other rides and attractions, including a water park.
  • Sports also contribute to a city-wide sense of pride and entertainment through some of Cincinnati’s major league sports teams such as the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals. Games are perfect to attend with kids, friends, and family members.

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