A banner welcoming students back to campus hangs from the construction site of the Housing Development Project. Move-in activities begin Thursday, Aug. 21.

A banner welcoming students back to campus hangs from the construction site of the Housing Development Project. Move-in activities begin Thursday, Aug. 21.

Photographer: Gretchen Gregory/Ohio University

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What students, parents need to know about move-in weekend


The largest on-campus residential student population since 1972 is moving to Ohio University this month, and more than 8,000 students and their parents will transition from home life to college life in Athens starting on Thursday, Aug. 21. Helping to ease the transition will be more than 1,000 student volunteers, faculty and staff who will assist others in successfully navigating campus, moving into dorm rooms, and educating others about the University’s welcoming activities as well as sustainability and recycling efforts.  

This year’s Go Green Week events kick off on Thursday, Aug. 21 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 24. Campus will bustling with activity, so the following information is designed to assist in helping make the move-in experience as smooth as possible.

Where am I going?

Campus has seen a lot of construction this summer, and some projects are still underway with final completion dates scheduled for late fall semester. Officers with the Ohio University Police Department and staff members from Transportation and Parking Services will help direct traffic to residence halls and answer questions about where everyone can unload belongings. Signage will be posted around campus to guide everyone to the appropriate residential greens. For a complete list of the construction projects and traffic detours, click here.

Cars will be allowed to park adjacent to residence halls for 30 minutes to unload. Once belongings are unloaded, an OHIO staff member will help direct vehicles to parking lots.

  • Residence hall move-in will be staggered alphabetically to allow ample time and space for unpacking and settling in. Please refer to the Arrival Guide at www.ohio.edu/arrivalguide for more information about specific times.
  • Most purple and dark green parking lots will be open without a time restriction.
  • Other colored University lots will be open, but a 30-minute time restriction will be in place and a person must be near the vehicle at all times to move it if necessary.
  • There is no parking permitted in fire lanes. Vehicles may stop, but not park.
  • For complete parking information, visit the Parking Services website at www.facilities.ohiou.edu/parking/ and follow @ohiouparking on Twitter.

Can I get a hand?

Go Green volunteers will be available to answer questions, assist with move-in, and offer directions to campus buildings and parking lots.

Additional support services include:

  • Water stations that will be set up on each green on Thursday and Friday to provide hydration.
  • Ohio University IT support will be available at the Bobcat Depot located on the ground floor of Baker University Center during the following times: Thursday, 8 to 5 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional full-service technical support will be available by phone by calling 740-593-1222 during the following times: Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Student password resets will be available by phone 24 hours a day. For a list of new services offered this year, please click here.

Where can I eat?

Heavy lifting might work up an appetite, so when hunger strikes, food can be found at several of OHIO’s Culinary Services’ conveniently-located facilities. For a complete list of locations and times, visit www.ohio.edu/food.

Questions about financial aid, classes, and more

Whether you’re new to campus or returning for another exciting year, you might have additional questions that can only be answered by a specific department. Several units will have extended hours to accommodate after-hour requests or concerns. These include:

  • Office of the Bursar (Chubb Hall): Open until 7 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Office of Student Financial Aid (Chubb Hall): Open until 7 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
  • Residential Housing (Chubb Hall): Open until 7 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
  • Office of the Registrar (Chubb Hall): Open until 7 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
  • Facilities Management (49 Factory Street): Starting Thursday, the office is open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day, with the exception of Sunday when the office is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Undergraduate Admissions (Chubb Hall): Open until 7 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
  • Alden Library: 8 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.

Student ID card

Student identification cards can be obtained at Bobcat Depot on the ground floor of Baker University Center. ID cards are used to check-out materials at Alden Library, memberships at Ping Center, Aquatic Center and Bird Arena, Bobcat Cash at Baker University Center Food Court, vending machines and campus convenience stores, the student section of sporting events, meal plans, and building access in some locations. For more information on services offered by Bobcat Depot, please visit www.bobcatdepot.ohio.edu.