International Scholars

Living in Wooster

Wooster is home to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). Located in northeast Ohio between Columbus and Cleveland, the city of Wooster has nearly 27,000 residents and a vibrant downtown with community events year-round. Learn more about Wooster and visit the OARDC Scholars website for more information about things to do.

Permanent housing

We suggest you make your final decision on housing after you arrive in Wooster to ensure you are making the best selection. Find resources for permanent housing. Please note, on-campus housing on this page is for Columbus residents. View the Wooster Off-Campus Housing Guide.

Temporary housing

Some hotels located closest to the OARDC campus are:

Hilton Garden Inn
959 Dover Road
Wooster, OH 44691

Best Western Hotel
243 East Liberty St.
Wooster, OH 44691


Please visit this page for more information on water, electric and gas services and internet and cell phone providers.


Learn more about banking here.


View transportation options around Columbus and Wooster on this page.

Enrolling children in school

School-age children joining you in the United States in J-2 status may enroll in the public school system. Children can attend the public school in the school district where you will live in Wooster. To enroll your children, you will need their birth certificate, immunization records and proof of local address. For more information on the public school districts in the Wooster area, visit