Life at Oberlin

students communicate at an information table
Oberlin’s annual Connections Fair in Wilder Bowl introduces new and returning students to the range of community service programs and extracurricular activities available to them.
Photo credit: Pang Fei Chiang ’19

Our vibrant campus community is full of opportunities to explore, connect, and learn. In an environment that prioritizes inclusion and respect, you’ll have options for everything from housing to hanging out. 

Living on Campus

Our residential campus means the learning never stops. Choose a traditional residence hall or perhaps one with a sci-fi theme. Eat in a dining hall or cook with friends in a co-op. Where you live and eat becomes another opportunity to learn from your peers and develop as an individual.

A group of friends enjoys a meal at a dining hall table

Things to Do

We fit an impressive array of activities onto our small campus and the city of Oberlin. The only thing you have to fear is ... missing out. Whether you’re interested in bowling, slam poetry, reproductive freedom, or swing dance, you’ll find a reason to leave your room. You can even explore what Oberlin’s Main Street has to offer.

Obie Values

True intellectual freedom requires a foundation of honesty, integrity, and responsibility. Learn how our values infuse everything we do to lead toward one goal: a more sustainable, respectful, and interconnected community.

Arts and Activities

Arts at Oberlin

Whether you’re creating, participating, or simply appreciating, you’ll benefit from our thriving arts community. Choose from more than 500 concerts and performances a year and clubs from swing dance to acrobatics to film to hip-hop.

Art Museum

The Allen Memorial Art Museum's collection is a vital cultural and educational resource for Oberlin students, faculty, and staff, as well as the surrounding community. Events and exhibits are free. Always.

Clubs & Organizations

With nearly 200 student groups and clubs, and the liberty to create more, you can develop your interests or discover new ones: acrobatics, badminton, comics, dressage—the list goes on.

Center for Innovation & Impact

With an emphasis on creativity, responsible, risk-taking, and innovation, we are redefining entrepreneurship by creating value while honoring values. We offer funding, internships, experiential learning opportunities, and a range of support for innovative projects across disciplines. Develop your leadership skills and prepare yourself for launch.

See Center for Innovation & Impact


A hand-drawn sign by a storefront reads Seed Ventures - Local Entrepreneurs. Only open thru Dec 31st! Why are you waiting to stop in? Home goods, treats (for dogs too), gifts, smiles!
SEED Ventures features 10 local entrepreneurs in the startup phase of their business. The small business incubator occupies a building on Main Street in downtown Oberlin.
Photo credit: Jeong Hyun Hwang