Oxford, Ohio, with its 21,300 residents and 16,000 Miami University students, is an undiscovered college town treasure. Oxford is famous for the small town feel of its historic Mile Square, the pre-World War II residential area of Oxford. It is also known for its pastoral and forested setting. It is a pleasant walk to the Miami University campus or the charming Uptown area for the weekly Summer Music Festival, dinner at a wide range of restaurants and bistros, shopping, a movie or the one of the city's two farmers markets.
Oxford is served by the Talawanda School District and ranks high in K-12 public education. It has a wonderful library, the Lane Public Library, with exceptional programs for children. The Oxford Community Arts Center is a great cultural asset. Five miles outside of town is Hueston Woods State Park with nearly 3,000 acres of natural resources. It offers outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing, sailing, canoing, and – unusual -- fossil hunting. There are over 1,000 acres of natural preserves on Miami University's campus open to the public.
If you are looking for the quintessential college town, you've found the place in Oxford. Photo of downtown Oxford square courtesy of Wikipedia and Chris Light.