Case is an outstanding place to be at as a PhD student. But that is not all. Cleveland has lots of attractions that make it a great place to live. In fact, some people would say that Cleveland has all the advantages of a big city without the hassles of a big city, like insane rush hour traffic or high costs of living.
Case Western Reserve University is one of the nation's top universities offering world-class academic programs. In U.S. News & World Report's 2013 rankings, Case Western Reserve's undergraduate program ranked 37th among national universities. The university ranked 4th among national universities in The Washington Monthly’s annual rankings of colleges that best contribute to the nation’s future. The University is associated with several Nobel Laureates. Among them are Paul Berg (1980, Chemistry), Paul C. Lauterbur (2003, Physiology/Medicine) and Peter Agre (2003, Chemistry). Other well-known alumni include Paul Buchheit, creator / lead developer of Gmail as well as Craig Newmark, creator of craigslist.org.
Case Western Reserve University is well known for its medical school and its biomedical teaching and research. Case's School of Medicine ranked among the top 25 medical schools in the U.S. News & World Report's 2013 rankings and 17th. in terms of NIH research grants (FY2009).
University Circle is a 500-acre, park-like area that concentrates educational, scientific, medical, artistic, musical, and cultural institutions on the east side of the city of Cleveland:
Cleveland Orchestra (Severance Hall) / Cleveland Museum of Art / Moca Cleveland / Cleveland Institute of Music / Cleveland Institute of Art / Western Reserve Historical Society / Cleveland Botanical Garden / Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Downtown Cleveland offers a wide range of attractions from cultural and culinary offerings to sports events. Marvel at rock paraphernalia at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, learn about science at Great Lakes Science Center, check out the brand new Greater Cleveland Aquarium and enjoy first-rate sports events. Night life features a variety of performing art's options in Playhouse Square and a multitude of bars and restaurants (see below).
The popular Cleveland International Film Festival is held each March in Tower City. For a great food shopping experience head to the West Side Market, just across the bridge from Downtown.
You can find many great restaurants and bars in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. Close to Case you will find Little Italy which features great Italian restaurants. Up the hill from Little Italy, Coventry Village, is a great area to eat as well. Choose downtown for upscale dining, for example at the historic Warehouse district and the East 4th area. Trendy places can be found in Tremont and the Ohio city areas.
Cleveland features a very lively music scene. There are several venues where you can catch bands on their way to & from New York and Chicago: Beachland Ballroom / Cleveland Agora Theater & Ballroom / Grog Shop / House of Blues / Now that's class
Cleveland is a sports town. We are home to the Browns (NFL), the Indians (MLB), the Cavaliers (NBA), and the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL/hockey).
Cleveland is surrounded by an extended Metroparks system, commonly referred to as the "Emerald Necklace". The Metroparks provide over 60 miles of paved, all purpose trails for cycling, walking, running and in-line skating. Part of the Metroparks system, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, is a popular destination.
Visit the Cleveland Metroparks website for more information. There are several beaches in the Cleveland area doting the Lake Erie shore: Huntington Beach Park (Bay Village, just west of Cleveland), Edgewater Park and Euclid Beach (in the heart of Cleveland), Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, just to name a few.
The medical school publishes a list of available housing every semester that can be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Information is also available at Case’s Office of Housing & Residence Life’s website. In addition, you typically can find postings about rooms, apartments, and housing for rent on the various bulletin boards around campus. Check the newspapers such the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Free Times, etc. for additional options.
While owning a car might make things easier, you might be able to get by without one. A number of cultural institutions and restaurants are within walking distance from Case. There's a RTA system connecting Case to downtown and the airport. There's a bus system as well.
If you do choose to have a car, car traffic is relaxed and traffic jams are very rare here. Cleveland itself is well connected, it's an United Airlines hub allowing it direct access to major US cities.