Learn about residential housing at OHIO
The residential campus experience at Ohio University is among the institution's greatest strengths. Nearly all first- and second-year students live on-campus in residence halls, which become centers for academic, social, cultural, and recreational activities.
If you are required to live on campus, the process of completing your housing and dining services contract and $200 deposit (or commuter application) is critical to confirming your intent to enroll at OHIO and will enable you to receive an invitation to attend Orientation.
If you are exempt from the university housing requirement, you may still opt to live on-campus by completing the contract and deposit process.
Important Information about Residential Housing
About the Housing Contract and Deposit
Request for a refund must be made in writing to the Residential Housing Office and received or postmarked by May 1.
All undergraduate students with fewer than two academic years (four semesters, full-time enrollment) after high school graduation must reside in university-owned housing and participate in the associated mandatory meal plan. Students enrolled for summer school are bound by the same guidelines.
In some cases, students may be exempt from the residential requirement. Students wishing to be exempted from university housing and/or meal plan must submit a Housing Exemption/Termination Request Form for review and approval.
Contract Submission Date
One of the factors in determining housing assignments is the date that you complete your online contract and submit the $200 deposit. As part of the online contract submission process, you will have the opportunity to pay your deposit electronically, which is the quickest, most efficient method and ensures that the contract submission process is finalized. If you choose to mail the deposit, note that your final contract date will be reflected as the date that payment is received and processed on your student account. Processing of the housing deposit is not in real time. Allow 48-72 hours for finalization of the contract.
Note: Contract submission date is just one of many factors in the housing assignment process. Housing preferences cannot be guaranteed.
Residential Housing Options and Costs
Building Styles & Living Environment Options
Air conditioning – Although the Athens climate is generally quite mild during the academic year, some students, especially those with asthma or other respiratory conditions, prefer air conditioning. Ohio University prohibits the installation of personal air conditioners and refrigeration units. If you have a medical condition that requires air conditioning, select a room designated with air conditioning during the room selection process. Only documented requests will be considered after the selection process ends. Air conditioners cannot be installed in non-air-conditioned rooms.
Class Rank – Some halls are designated for first-year students only, some are mixed for first-year and upperclass students, and others are limited to upperclass students. Some halls may be set aside for graduate students and others who are over 21 years old.
Quiet Study – The “Quiet Study” designation in some residence halls means that music or other noise should not be audible outside of the rooms. All other halls have quiet-hour policies with varying times from Sunday through Thursday, and a 24-hour quiet policy is in effect across campus during final exams.
Single-Gender Halls – Residential Housing offers one hall that is designated for female students only, which is Voigt Hall on East Green. There are no male single-gender halls.
Smoking – All Ohio University buildings are “smoke-free.” However, we ask that students list whether or not they smoke to aid in the roommate assignment process.
Special Needs – Ohio University assures equitable access to education for persons with disabilities. Each green has rooms that are designed to accommodate students with disabilities. Students who require special accommodations will need to contact Residential Housing and the Office of Student Accessibility Services. Medical documentation must be received for full consideration for available ADA spaces on campus. Requests will be reviewed prior to assignment, and accommodations are determined on an individual basis. For additional information about campus disability services, visit the Student Accessibility Services website or call 740.593.2620.
Substance-free – Students who have made a conscious lifestyle choice to substance-free living can select to live where all residents agree to keep their space free of alcohol, illegal drugs, and tobacco products—this policy also applies to guests.
Honors and Scholars Housing
Ohio University offers distinctive housing options for eligible students participating in certain scholars and honors programs and scholarships.
Residence Hall Staff
The Department of Residential Housing has more than 300 staff members committed to making your living environment a community focused on learning, development, and acceptance. Below you will find descriptions of our in-hall staff and how they relate to you.
- Resident Assistant (RA): Resident Assistants are students who have completed a training course designed to prepare them for working with students in the residence halls. They live on and manage a floor section and are the residence life staff members that a student will interact with most during the academic year. The RA is a great source of information and should be the first individual that is contacted when a student has a question or concern.
- Administrative Resident Assistant (ARA): An Administrative Resident Assistant, like an RA, is a student who resides in and manages a floor section; however, this staff member has the added responsibility of helping the Residential Coordinator or Resident Director coordinate and manage administrative functions in the building in which he or she lives, typically handling room changes and keys.
- Senior Resident Assistant (SRA): The Senior Resident Assistant, like an RA, is a student who resides in and manages a floor section. However, the SRA has the added responsibility of assisting the Hall’s Residential Coordinator or Resident Director in advising the hall council and coordinating hall programming efforts. In many complexes the SRA also handles ARA responsibilities.
- Residential Coordinator (RC): The Residential Coordinator is the full-time on-site professional responsible for a hall or complex. His or her primary duty is to supervise the in-hall staff. Another important element of the RC's job is to work with all residents to establish a positive living environment and a sense of community. An RC acts in an advisory capacity on personal and academic issues and helps to interpret and uphold university policies.
- Resident Director (RD): A Resident Director has the same responsibilities as the Residential Coordinator (although for a smaller area) and is a full-time graduate student.
- Student Housing Handbook (pdf)
Students whose contracts are received and processed prior to May 1 will be eligible to select a room during the first round of the room selection process. Students will receive a scheduled date/time in which they can select a room. Contracts received and processed after May 1 will be assigned on a rolling basis beginning June 30.
Note: Contract submission date is just one of many factors in the room selection process. Housing preferences cannot be guaranteed, regardless of submission date.
Ohio University offers wonderful opportunities to experience a diverse, global perspective while on the Athens campus. Students are expected to honor and respect differences in culture, lifestyle, and religion.
Transportation and Parking
If you are a new student to the Athens campus but meet the 30 credit hour requirement, you are eligible to purchase a pass for either garage or outside lot parking. If you don't meet the 30 credit hour requirement, you can lease private parking in town if you absolutely must bring a car.
Bobcat Cash account balances will automatically carry over to each new semester and/or academic year, provided the cardholder remains a registered student of Ohio University. The maximum amount available per day is $100 or the entire balance, whichever is less. There is no limit on the frequency of transactions.
Moving In and Out
Because of the number of people moving in at the beginning of each semester and limited parking availability, we ask that you park in front of a hall only to unload your belongings (no more than 30 minutes). During fall semester, move-in helpers will be here a limited number of hours to help those who may need some extra assistance due to a disability. If you have a disability and would like to request move-in assistance, call the Residential Housing office at 740.593.4090 to let us know the date and time of your planned arrival.
Housing Information for International Students
Submit the housing contract or commuter exemption form
Beginning January 5
Choose a dining plan
Beginning January 5
Pay $200 housing deposit
Beginning January 5
Choose a dining plan (summer semester students)
Beginning March 2
Advanced roommate search begins
Deadline for scholarship recipients to confirm intent to enroll
Housing contract and deposit deadline for early room selection
Deadline to complete a housing exemption form (if applicable)
First-year roommate selection
Room selection begins (students will receive a scheduled date/time)
First-year room-change process begins
Purchase Bobcat Cash for use at on-campus laundry venues, coffee shops, and bookstore
Move-in during times scheduled according to last name
Start fall semester classes