Plan your visit

You'll feel it when you get here.

As an art and design student, you need to be inspired by your surroundings. The landscape, movement and atmosphere: Does it speak to you? Whether it’s bright murals, people’s costumes or stark warehouse spaces, we’re sure you’ll find something unique in Columbus that ignites your artistic energy. We are a community of students who think differently and who set out to create something new, every day. So walk the surrounding neighborhoods with a sketchbook. Stop in to a coffee shop or restaurant and take a few photos. Seek out that warehouse or historic building or public park. Finding what speaks to you — that's why you have to visit.

You can stay close to campus during your visit, or explore other districts of Columbus. We’ve provided a variety of options below, including some restaurants that we love. Because you’ll want to check those out.

Want to see our campus before you get here? Check out our virtual tour. To see what’s happening on campus, check out our calendar.


Come visit

There is no better way to get a feel for a school than by walking the campus and talking to students, faculty, and staff. Future students and their parents are warmly invited to visit CCAD in Columbus, OH. We hold campus tours Monday through Friday at 9:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and Counselor appointments Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Please plan on 90 minutes for your visit. Please keep in mind that our Counselors travel heavily in the fall. For this reason, our appointments are very limited from mid-September through November. You may call or email using the below information in order to schedule your visit.

Undergraduate (Bachelor of Fine Arts)  Contact our Admissions Office at 614.222.3261 or

Graduate (Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design)  Contact Emily Houlis at 614.222.3249 or

Interested in bringing a high school class to CCAD? We also offer opportunities for groups to visit on Wednesday and Friday mornings. If you’d like to schedule a group visit, please contact our Admissions Office at 614.222.3261 or


Where to stay

There are many hotel options near us to choose from.

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
50 N. Third St.
Distance from campus: 0.5 mile

Residence Inn Columbus Downtown
36 E. Gay St.
Distance from campus: 0.5 mile

Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
75 E. State St.
Distance from campus: 0.7 mile

Courtyard Columbus Downtown
35 W. Spring St.
Distance from campus: 0.8 mile

Crowne Plaza Columbus Downtown
33 E. Nationwide Blvd.
Distance from campus: 0.8 mile

The Lofts Hotel
55 E. Nationwide Blvd.
Distance from campus: 0.8 mile

Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center
88 E. Nationwide Blvd.
Distance from campus: 0.8 mile

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown
50 S. Front St.
Distance from campus: 0.8 mile

The Westin Columbus
310 S. High St.
Distance from campus: 0.8 mile

Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown
650 S. High St.
Distance from campus: 0.8 mile

Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N. High St.
Distance from campus: 0.9 mile

Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 N. High St.
Distance from campus: 1.0 mile

Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph
620 N. High St.
Distance from campus: 1.3 miles

Visit Experience Columbus for a more comprehensive list of lodging options in central Ohio.

Where to eat

Columbus has no shortage of fabulous food. While you’re on campus, channel your inner foodie and check out some of our favorite neighborhood eateries.

The Hills Market Downtown
Grab a slice of meatloaf made with Ohio beef, create your own meal from downtown's largest salad bar or pick up a locally grown apple.
95 N. Grant Ave.

Brioso Coffee
See (and smell) how the coffee is made at Brioso Coffee, a roastery serving pour-overs and coldbrews with plenty of exposed brick and natural light. 
329 E. Long St.

Jimmy Johns
Counter-serve chain specializing in sub & club sandwiches, plus signature potato chips.
325 E Long St

Grass Skirt Tiki Room
Get your tiki on at this locally owned hotspot featuring an eclectic menu of appetizers and Hawaiian-themed fare — mmm, Spam.
105 N. Grant Ave.

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse
This is the place for pour-overs and lattes. There’s always something playing on the record player while the movers and shakers of Columbus are perched over their MacBooks.
300 E. Long St.

Schokko Art Cafe
Eat among the art. See and be seen by the Columbus art crowd while you grab a quinoa and kale salad or gourmet burger on the first floor of the Columbus Museum of Art.
480 E. Broad St.

Visit Experience Columbus for a more comprehensive list of restaurants downtown and elsewhere in central Ohio.