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Kendal at Oberlin
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  • Location: Oberlin, Ohio, 1 mile from Oberlin College
  • Type of facility: Not-for-profit CCRC
  • Accommodations: Cottages and apartments
  • Cost:
    • $92,000 to $488,500
    • Monthly service fee $2,591 to $6,420

Oberlin College provided seed money and facilitated the acquisition of land for Kendal at Oberlin, and has significant involvement with its residents. The community also has ties with Akron University, Baldwin Wallace College, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Lorain County Community College, Bowling Green University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Youngstown State University, Ashland University School of Nursing and Ursuline College.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning, which is sponsored by Lorain County Community College and is also affiliated with Oberlin College and the Elderhostel Institute Network, plans and offers field trips and numerous noncredit college-level courses, many of them taught by retired faculty members from the two colleges. The Oberlin College library and other campus facilities and amenities are open to residents.

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music offers free concerts performed by faculty and students, as well as moderately priced performances. Free shuttle service is provided by Kendal to transport residents to such events. Students from Oberlin College also perform at Kendal at Oberlin.

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