Go for a bike ride through North Linden

The North Linden neighborhood of Columbus is located on the city's north side. The west end of the neighborhood hugs against the highway, making travel deeper into the city or out of it easy for residents with a vehicle. Along the highway there is a train track for those who wish to use public transportation. So whether its by train or automobile, travel throughout Columbus and its neighborhoods is convenient.

The neighborhood is home to several parks, all of which vary in size. Kenlawn Park, for example, features playgrounds and ball fields sprinkled amidst its green space. Go for a picnic and stay for a game. The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department offers sports teams for both kids and adults. They provide summer camps, after-school programs and arts camps for children. The department has also promoted a bike-sharing program. There are several pick-up locations around town where residents and visitors can purchase a 24-hour membership to take and use a bicycle. The first 30 minutes with the bike are free. After that, a fee accrues every half hour. Each bike has a code that is used to track the amount of time spent on the road.

The Northern Lights Shopping Center is located in North Linden for those who love to shop. With groceries and retail, this is the place to stop for all your needs. 

Columbus is more than a college town. Here are some tips for finding Columbus apartments.

Ohio's capital is probably best known as the seat of Ohio State University – the third largest university in the country with more than 56,000 students. But this college town is also a city in its own right, bustling with businesses, lively neighborhoods and cultural diversity, and located in the very center of the state. Here's the scoop to help you find Columbus apartments that fit your budget and tastes:

The basics
The cost of living in Columbus is lower than the national average, and the vacancy rate is pretty high at about 5.5 percent. The average rent across all housing types in Columbus is about $720 per month, while one-bedrooms cost $690 on average and two-bedrooms cost approximately $820. The city proper is relatively compact, at 223 square miles, but a car is a necessity here. When planning your move, consider that the Columbus area has about 17 colleges, so moving in the fall when all of the students are moving in might not be ideal. Also, like other Midwestern cities, you're likely to find lower rental rates here during the chilly winter months.

The neighborhoods
Columbus as a whole is great for young professionals, and many people end up staying to work at the four Fortune 500 companies headquartered here. These are some of the best neighborhoods for young people:

  • German Village: This neighborhood just south of Downtown is filled with historic homes, excellent restaurants and great nightlife. It can be a bit pricey, but the nearby Brewery District is cheaper and just as awesome.
  • Victorian Village/Dennison Place/Peach District/Clintonville: These neighborhoods are the reason Columbus is often called the "San Francisco of the Midwest." They're ideal for apartment living, busy, diverse and thankfully not saturated with college students, even though they're not far from OSU and the arena district.
  • Old Towne East: This residential neighborhood near downtown is culturally diverse. It has a fabulous art scene, excellent pedestrian walkways and is fairly inexpensive.

Insider tips

  • Columbus is very diverse and you can find some great ethnic food here – in fact, it has the second largest Somali population in the country.
  • Don't expect to drive immediately before the start or after the finale of a home football game – the whole city shuts down and the streets are packed. It's also not advisable to move during this time, so check your calendar first!