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


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


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 330-972-7213.

Zip Home on the Roo Express with a valid student ID, Thursday-Saturday, 9 p.m.-3 a.m.. Get dropped off at your right at home. Click here for details.


MetroZip is a test program that allows all University students, faculty and staff to ride any regular* Metro route in Summit County free of charge simply by swiping their Zip Card!

The Roo Express shuttle stops regularly at the RKP Metro RTA Transit Center - see the Roo Express schedule - South and Weekend routes. Click here for details.


There are lots of parking spaces available all over Downtown! 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

The Do Downtown card will give you great ongoing discounts in Downtown Akron, such as discounts on t-shirts at Rubber City Clothing 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 twice a month about events and discounts in Downtown.

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 Cilantro!

Visit 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 or watch the game at Barley House.

Visit for all nightlife options in Downtown Akron.