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The Crowd at Lock 3
The Crowd at Lock 3
Enjoying the Hamburger Festival
Enjoying the Hamburger Festival
Fireworks at the Tree Lighting Ceremony
Fireworks at the Tree Lighting Ceremony

Students

Welcome to Downtown Akron!

If you’re looking to get off campus and discover Akron, Downtown is the place to start. Downtown puts you in the center of vibrant cultural amenities, living opportunities, delicious dining options and so much more, all accessible to students within minutes of campus.

Getting Downtown

Walk

Downtown Akron is just a short walk from campus.  Fantastic dining, night life, shops and art are just around the corner.

Bike

There are numerous biking options available in Downtown Akron.  Bike lanes and bike racks can be found all throughout Downtown, and the towpath is a favorite for many local cyclists.

Ride the Roo Express

The Roo Express loops Downtown day and night and is available to all university of Akron students. Take a look at the shuttle routes before planning your next trip Downtown.

For questions about the Roo Express, contact 330-375-1183.

Zip Home on the Roo Express with a valid student ID, Thursday-Saturday, 9 p.m.-4 a.m.. Get dropped off at your right at home. Click here for details.

Parking

There are lots of parking spaces available all over Downtown!  Parking is free after 6 p.m. and on weekends and holidays in city-owned lots and decks!  A parking map can be found HERE.

Downtown Parking App

Need help finding conveneint parking in Downtown Akron? Find rates, information and the closest spaces to your Downtown destination with ParkingFriend. The ParkingFriend app is now available for iPhone, iPad and Android phones. Click on your App Store icon and search for "ParkingFriend Akron" to download the free app.

Downtown Clean and Safe Ambassadors

Downtown Clean and Safe Ambassadors are available to assist you with directions, safety escorts, lock outs and jump starts. Find them around Downtown in safety green uniforms or call 330-706-7383 to speak to an On Duty Supervisor for assistance.

 

Explore Downtown Akron

Do Downtown Discount Program

Love getting discounts?  You should sign up for the Do Downtown card at www.downtownakron.com/do-downtown!

The Do Downtown card will give you great ongoing discounts in Downtown Akron, such as discounts on t-shirts at Rubber City Clothing and vitamins at CVS/Minute Clinic as well as discounts on food at Downtown favorites such as The Lockview and The Peanut Shoppe.  As a member of Do Downtown you'll get email reminders a few times a month about events and discounts in Downtown.

Downtown Akron Passport

Downtown Akron Passports can be bought for $15.

The passport includes 16 events, including First Night Akron, and promotes arts and cultural activities throughout the Downtown area from October 2011-May 2012.  The actual value of the passport is over $180, making the admission costs to these venues less than $0.94 per event!  To get your passport, contact Rich Hoselton at 330-374-7676.

There is Always Something to Do Downtown

Take in an Akron Aeros game at Canal Park, tour the world-class galleries at the Akron Art Museum, take a walk on the Towpath Trail, do some shopping at Noto, We Gallery and Akron Glass Works, or listen to live music at Musica, Northside or The Lockview. Explore Akron's artistic side at a Downtown Artwalk the first Saturday of each month.

Visit www.downtownakron.com/calendar for a complete list of unique events happening in Downtown Akron.

Great Dining

Downtown features more than 40 restaurants where you can grab a quick bite to eat or enjoy a delicious meal with friends!

Try a pita from Street Treats Grill, pizza from Luigi’s or DaVinci’s, a deli sandwich from Diamond Deli, a snack from The Peanut Shoppe, a hip and trendy meal at Crave, or sushi at House of Hunan or Cilantro!

Visit www.downtownakron.com/dining for a list of all of the restaurants in Downtown Akron.

Exciting Nightlife

Head Downtown for a night out on the town and choose from a variety of different atmospheres that Akron nightlife has to offer.

Enjoy food, spirits, dancing and the neighborhood feel at Brubaker’s Pub, sample a martini at 3 Point, dance the night away at Lux nightclub, sip your favorite wine at Uncorked Wine Bar, watch the game at Barley House or enjoy some hooka at Miraj Hookah and Art Lounge.

Visit www.downtownakron.com/nightlife for all nightlife options in Downtown Akron.

Zip Card

Check out all the great places in Downtown Akron where you can use your Zip Card. Click on the business for more information.

 

InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field Information

Check out the website for the University of Akron's new football field and stadium.

Zips Home Game Schedule-Coming Fall of 2013

 

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FREE Parking

All City owned decks and lots in Downtown Akron are FREE after 6 p.m. on weeknights and all day on weekends. Click here to find the best spot to park in Downtown Akron.

Park once, enjoy Downtown before the game, ride a shuttle to the stadium and come back Downtown after the game to celebrate!