As a fellow person who transferred from Newark after a year, there are still some perks.
-They do have dorms at Newark. They are old, but they are apartment style with full kitchen, living room, etc.
-Smaller classes instead of your main campus 800 person Bio 101 lecture
-Can get football and basketball tickets still
-Transferring requirements are minimal (in 2010 you just had to have a 2.0 and enough credits- Not sure now).
-Probably 75 percent of people I met there wound up at main campus and still friends with some today
-It's only about 35-40 minutes from Newark to main campus so we spent probably every other weekend there anyway.
Of course, I would rather have been in Columbus from the get-go, but it wasn't horrible