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Located ten miles east of the city of Cleveland, John Carroll University sits on 60 acres in the residential suburb of University Heights. The University combines the advantages of nearby urban living with a vibrant college community.  The city of Cleveland offers a broad selection of options for anyone seeking to explore and experience a great American city including major league sports, great restaurants, and opportunities to engage the arts – all within a half hour of campus.

While Cleveland is most often known as the home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, there is so much more to our city. Cleveland boasts one of the country’s most saturated square miles of art and culture in its famous University Circle. There you can discover the Cleveland Museum of Art, ranked among the top ten museums in the nation, as well as the Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Our theater district, Playhouse Square, is the nation’s second largest theater district after Broadway in New York City. Consider taking in an orchestra concert at Severance Hall, home of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. All are just a short bus ride from John Carroll.

Cleveland is crazy about its professional sports teams and is one of only a number of cities in the nation proud to host three major league sports teams. We follow our teams with a passion that is unrivaled in any other city. You too can join in the fun of being a part of a city that has the best fans in sports. Cleveland’s sports complexes are easily accessible from JCU as they are located just a quick 20-minute RTA ride away. Go ahead, take in a Cleveland Indians baseball game at Progressive Field, venture down to North Coast Harbor and watch the Browns play at Cleveland Browns Stadium, or support the 2007 Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. A decade ago, the city redeveloped the Gateway area, now the site of two of our three sports teams and overlooking the Flats area along the rejuvenated Cuyahoga River.

Cleveland boasts a vibrant nightlife that extends from the historic Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland to Little Italy just minutes away from JCU. Catch a movie at the Cedar Lee Theater, or take the short ride on the Rapid to Shaker Square. Cleveland is home to one of only 12 House of Blues venues in the country where you can experience amazing concerts that range from gospel to punk, blues to metal, and everything in between. Cleveland is also home to some nationally-known comedy clubs, like Hilarities 4th Street Theatre and The Improv.

If shopping is your passion, then you are coming to the right place. John Carroll is located near some of the best shopping in the area, much of which is just a short shuttle, car, or mass-transit ride away. If you are looking for a high-end shopping experience, then check out Beachwood Place, Legacy Village, or Eton. And you can always take the Rapid Transit downtown into Tower City Center, Cleveland’s premier downtown shopping center.

If an eclectic shopping experience is more your style, then one of our historic neighborhoods such as Coventry Village or Tremont is worth a trip. If you want to see a National Historic Place featured on the Travel Channel or Food Network, then look no farther than the West Side Market in Ohio City.

If you enjoy outdoor activities, the Cleveland MetroParks system is a beautiful and diverse network of 16 reservations across 22,000 acres offering hundreds of miles of walking, bicycle, and horse trails, parks, picnic areas, five nature education centers, seven golf courses, and abundant fishing holes. It is also known as the “Emerald Necklace,” because the park system forms a nearly complete ring around the Cleveland-area communities and Lake Erie.

There are also plenty of other opportunities for you to relax and unwind, such as a trip to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Wildwater Kingdom, or to one of the lakefront parks.

Ranked as one of the country’s most livable cities, Cleveland gets high marks for thriving healthcare and biotechnology industries and is home to several of the country’s best medical centers – The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and Metro Health Medical Center – are just minutes away.

RTA provides transportation throughout the Cleveland area. With more than 100 bus routes and four rapid transit rail routes, the RTA can get you most places you’d like to go at a reasonable price. Nearby rapid transit trains connect with the downtown area and Cleveland Hopkins airport. Bus service connects University Heights with the rest of Cleveland.

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