Akron is a beautiful city situated in the Great Lakes region of Ohio. For many years, Akron was known as the "Rubber Capital of the World" thanks to its thriving tire manufacturing industry. When this industry declined, Akron adapted, and it is now a leading innovator in the field of modern polymers. More than 94 companies doing work in polymers are located in Akron, and the University of Akron is home to 3 polymer-centric centers. Akron is the product of the amalgamation of several smaller towns over time. As a result, the city has many different architectural pockets, and most parts of town have a very strong sense of local community. People from smaller centers who move to Akron are often struck by how they can enjoy small-town friendliness and community alongside big-city amenities.
The good thing about Akron is that it has a significant amount of year-round apartment availability. The one thing to keep in mind is that like most university towns, looking for an apartment to close to the start of the fall semester is likely to be very difficult. Start early and save yourself the headache that comes with hunting too close to the start of the school year.
That small town feel to Akron means that finding housing is also still somewhat focused on using methods that were popular in the past. While many cities now focus solely on online listings to advertise apartments, the residents of Akron still believe in the old-fashioned "for rent" sign. Taking a walk down Portage Path is a sure way to find a number of great apartments to rent in very little time.
The Akron area is served by the METRO Regional Transit Authority. The service provides excellent bus coverage in the city of Akron itself, and also has connecting routes to other cities in the state, including Cleveland. Students can also take advantage of the excellent Roo Express campus shuttle. This service provides transportation around campus and to various neighborhoods located near university buildings.
For entertainment options, the Lock 3 Park downtown is always a good bet. Concerts and farmer's markets in the summer and skating and a Christmas market in the winter make this a great spot to check out. For high end dining, the Big City Chophouse is a leading local steakhouse. Main Street, just west of the University, provides some of the best nightlife in the city, ranging from dance clubs to classic pubs