Food, Shopping, and Transportation

Area Restaurants

There are fast food restaurants within walking distance of campus, and a number of regular restaurants in the area. As well as the Dining Hall, Ashland University also has a food court, called the Eagle's Nest.

University Dining Services

Called "convo," Ashland University's Dining Services has won many awards. The university requires undergraduate students who live on campus to purchase meal plans. Graduate students who are living in residence halls may elect not to join the university's meal plan. Students living off campus may also purchase meals plans, which includes 19 meals per week ($2,165). Students and guests are also welcome for breakfast, lunch or supper paying on a per meal basis. "Convo" has limited operating hours during school breaks.

CONVO is all you can eat. Kosher and Halal food diets can be accommodated, vegetarian; link to weekly menu. Spices will not be the same.


For newly arriving international students the ISS office will provide free transportation services to bring students to get their first supplies. There is a supermarket within walking distance of the university where all kinds of food items can be purchased. Also, a pharmacy is located within walking distance. There are a number of discount department stores in Ashland, and large shopping malls and outlet malls in nearby cities.


For newly arriving international students, the ISS office will arrange to pick you up from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport during Orientation Week. Please see your acceptance package for the details.  You can also use the limousine service at the airport, which usually costs about $ 85-100. A reservation is required and can be made by calling (419) 747-5959.

For travel around town there is a private taxi service that will transport students anywhere in the area for a set fee. For taxi service call Ashland Transit at 419-207-8240.

For travel in Ohio or to other States students can use the AMTRAK train system (1-800-872-7245) or Greyhound Bus Lines (1-800-231-2222). There are three airports within driving distance of the university: Cleveland Hopkins (CLE), Akron/Canton (CAK) and Columbus (CMH). When checking for flights, please check all three airports as prices can vary by location and/or dates.

Most students who have cars are very willing to help other international students without cars. Housing and shopping is available within walking distance of campus.