Community Events

Willie J. Young Sr. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement (OCCSE) works to build community in the off-campus area by hosting several events and encouraging students to socialize and meet fellow community members. A stronger sense of community fosters pride and respect, making the off-campus community a better place to visit and live for everyone.

Off-Campus Community Welcome

Each year, the week prior to the start of autumn semester classes, volunteers across the university and city welcome new and returning residents into the University District, providing students with essential off-campus living information. 


Thank you to everyone who came out for the Off-Campus Community Welcome & Block Party! Stay tuned for 2023 information!

Food Truck Event Series

A big thank you to everyone who joined us las year! We are so excited to bring back our First Friday Food Truck Event Series for the 2022-2023 academic year. Look out for updates throughout the year here, or follow our Instagram @offcampus_osu and Twitter OffCampus_OSU for more information.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • Friday, October 7th from 4PM-6PM- Join our team at the corner of Norwich & Indianola!

  • Friday, November 4th from 4PM-6PM- Join our team at the corner of Chittenden and Indianola! 

  • Friday, December 2nd from 4PM-6PM-Join our team at the GEM school, 140 E 16th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201!

University District Clean-Up

Student Life Willie J. Young, Sr. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement will be hosting several University District Clean-Up events throughout the semester. These events will bring together students and community members with the goal of making our community cleaner, elevating the sense of pride we have in the Ohio State community, and positively impacting safety in the community. Throughout the course of these events, we will be collecting and disposing of loose trash and recycling in the University District. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Sunday, October 23rd from 10AM-12PM

  • Sunday, November 20th from 10AM-12PM

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our University District Clean-Ups! We are extermely thankful to have you in our community. Look out here for updates in the Fall, or follow our Instagram @offcampus_osu and Twitter OffCampus_OSU for more information.

If you would be interested in participating in a University District Clean-Up event, please sign up at

Questions regarding this event can be directed to our office at (614) 292-0100 or

Ongoing Community Events 

Each Community Ambassador will host community events throughout the semester in the University District. These events focus on safety education and resources, community building and good neighbor education. For more information on the dates, times and locations of these programs, please make sure you are following us on Instagram @offcampus_osu.  

Other community events to check out

 Experience Columbus

Columbus Food Truck Festival  | August, Franklin County Fairgrounds
The 2022 Columbus Food Truck Festival is adding a third day as it celebrates its 11th year! Enjoy three days of food, music and fun, and celebrate the festival's return to the historical Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard. Experience the best food trucks from across Ohio and around the country accompanied by live music, and explore tons of vendors of locally-made craft and retail items. Stay tuned here.

Wildlights  | November – January, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Central Ohio's favorite family holiday tradition features millions of LED lights, animated musical light shows, Santa, reindeer and other holiday festivities.