Caring and Personal Atmosphere
Ohio University combines all the advantages of a major university with the appeal of a caring and personal atmosphere. If there ever was a college town, Athens is it. The university's intellectual and cultural environment blends well with Athens' lively small-town atmosphere to create a setting where students enjoy a quality of life that is difficult to match.
Ohio University is a residential campus, meaning that almost all students live on or near campus. All first- and second-year students live in one of the university's 42 residence halls. Ninety percent of all students living in the residence halls stay on campus over the weekend. With classes, friends, and academic resources all within walking distance, Ohio University is sure to become your home away from home.
The residence hall is not just a place to sleep at night. It is a great place to make friends, find study partners, and become part of a close living-learning community. Residential facilities have both freshman and upperclass halls. Most are coed. Students have the opportunity, upon completing a housing contract, to indicate their preference of room size and location. A variety of living environments are available to choose from, including academic emphasis and substance-free halls. You can even arrange to room with a friend.
Resident assistants (RAs) staff each residential hall. RAs oversee floor sections of about 25 students and exist as an important resource to residents. The residential housing staff is committed to students' academic and social success.
Students with meal plans may access any of the four operating dining halls on campus with a valid student I.D. card. First-year and second-year students choose one of the following five meal plans to meet their needs: Flex 20, Flex 14, Traditional 20, Traditional 14, and Traditional 10 (not available for first year students). Students who have completed the two residential requirement, including those who live off-campus, have additional flexible meal plan options, including the Destination Dining, Block 20, and Block 10 Plus plans. Each dining hall offers a variety of food options including salad, wok, waffle, pasta, and potato bars. Three main courses, of which one is vegetarian, a fast-food line, and desserts are available at each meal. Other dining venues include grab-and-go options, the West 82 food court in Baker Center, Cafe Bibliotech in Alden Library, and the Atrium Cafe in Grover Center. OHIO students find quick, easy access for meals, snacks, and late night meals. Students with special diet needs may contact Culinary Services for Menu Planning. We can accommodate almost all requests.
After you've been admitted to Ohio University, you will receive a guide called Path to Promise, which details the process of making Ohio University your college home. Your housing contract not only reserves your space in a residence hall, but it also reserves your place in our freshman class. A deposit will be required with the submission of your housing contract.
If you are a transfer student, you will receive housing information after you have been admitted to the university. Students are required to live on campus for a minimum of two years after high school graduation. Exceptions to this policy are detailed on the Residential Housing website.
Bobcat Cash is a prepaid debit card-money you have put on account-that you can use in a variety of locations around campus, such as dining halls, snack bars, convenience stores, vending machines, and laundry centers. You can increase your card's balance throughout the semester, and any unused balance carries over to the next semester.
Because parking is limited in and around Athens, freshmen are not permitted to register vehicles with the university. However, the compactness of our campus dictates no more than a 10-minute walk to any class or the uptown business area. Parking Services maintains a list of private vendors who rent parking spaces near the university campus for a fee.
The Department of Campus Safety consists of the Ohio University Police Department and the SAFE-T patrol, our campus escort service. The SAFE-T provides safe, cost-free transportation around campus to all students. This service is especially useful to students who would like a walk or ride home from an evening class or a late night visit with a friend. Annual Security Compliance documents can be obtained by mail from the Ohio University Police Department or online at the website below.
As an additional safety precaution, call boxes with emergency buttons are strategically positioned around campus, and each residence hall space offers multiple levels of security access. Ohio University wants you to feel safe in your community, so it is continuously improving and developing new methods to deal with safety on campus.
On any given day or night, you can walk to Court Street, the main thoroughfare through Athens, and find crowds of students at all the local hot spots. Whether it's a game of cards at Perks Coffeehouse, a bite to eat at the Court Street Diner, or a night of jazz at Casa Cantina, there is always something to do uptown. Unique shops and restaurants, numerous cultural activities, and a centrally located movie theater all within walking distance make uptown the perfect place to unwind after a hard week of classes.