Old North is located between the Downtown area and Western University. Its character is defined by the Thames River, which forms its western and northern boundary, its historic stately homes, mature trees and its proximity to the university. The neighbourhood is mostly made up of single detached homes mixed with the occasional apartment building. Lots of families, older adults and students call Old North home. The nearest commercial zones are at the corner of Richmond and Oxford and along Adelaide between Huron and Kipps Lane. There are also a few small businesses mixed throughout the residential area of the neighbourhood.