Move in helper

Students and their families will have 30 minute to unload cars before being required to move.

Police officer directing move in traffic

Ohio University police officers will be on hand to assist with traffic.

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After settling in, first-year students will be attending the “Go Green Week Orientation,” a variety of events designed to welcome students to campus.

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Move In 2010

Residence hall move in begins Sept. 2

A review of arrival, parking regulations

Residence hall move in begins Sept. 2 at 9 a.m. for first-year students and will continue through the weekend, with residence halls officially opening for all other students on Sept. 4.

First-year students should plan to arrive in Athens no later than 7 p.m. on Sept. 3. All first-year students living on campus will then attend a Residence Hall Welcome at 7 p.m. in their hall.  

To manage the high volume of traffic, Residential Housing recommends this move-in schedule for first-year students based on the student's last name: 

  • A - F should arrive on Thursday between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • G - K should arrive on Thursday between 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • L - R should arrive on Friday between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • S - Z should arrive on Friday between 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

When approaching campus, there will be signage directing students and campus police directing traffic.

Construction on a roundabout at the intersection of OH-682 and Richland Avenue, one of the main entrances to Ohio University, is in the final stages, but delays should still be expected.  

On arriving on campus, students and their families should park their cars as directed by campus police. 

Moving in

After parking in an unloading zone, students should proceed to get their room key from the staff office of the student’s residence hall, most likely located in the main lobby. On the South Green, there is sometimes one staff office for the complex.  Complete directional information and check in locations are available on

Before a student can being moving his or her belongings into their room, they must complete and sign a room condition form.

Cars will have 30 minutes to unload before they are required to be moved. From there, drivers will be directed to a parking location where the vehicle can be left while the student takes care of room set-up, lunch, bookstores, etc. 

If a student decides to visit uptown bookstores or campus offices, cars should remain parked in a designated "Move In Parking" lot, designated with a purple flag, rather than try to drive uptown.

Uptown traffic will be heavy and difficult to navigate. It will likely take much longer to drive and park, than to walk.

Late arrivals
If, due to emergency circumstances, a student arrives for move in after 10 p.m. on any day, they may contact the Ohio University Police at (740) 593-1911. The police dispatcher will be able to contact the Residential Housing staff person on duty for your particular residence hall so the student can check in. 

Meeting new people
When the student moves in, they can expect to meet a lot of new people. He or she will meet other students like themselves, as well as becoming acquainted with various staff members.

Residential Housing In-Hall Staff is responsible for creating a positive living environment and helping students adjust to college life.

One of the most important staff members the student will encounter is their resident assistant (RA). Each RA is also a current student, and they are assigned to a floor section--a group of rooms--for which they are responsible.

An RA is trained to answer students’ questions, foster community living and be a resource to their charges.

During the first few days, the student’s floor section will meet with their RA to discuss the activities and hall guidelines. The emphasis is on creating a safe and healthy living environment. As a member of a new community, every student has input and a responsibility to create their community and maintain a comfortable living area.

Go Green Week

After settling in, first-year students will be attending the “Go Green Week Orientation,” a variety of events designed to welcome students to campus. Some of the events are required for first-year students, so make sure to check the schedule posted in the residence hall.  

All questions regarding move-in can be directed to Residential Housing or to the student’s RA once on campus.  

Move-In Weekend: Events & Entertainment

Thursday, Sept. 2
Movie on the Green  featuring “Couples Retreat”
8:30 p.m. on College Green
Popcorn & drinks! Bring a blanket!
*Rain location: 4th floor Baker University Center Ballroom
Friday, Sept. 3
Bobcat Bash 2010
8 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Baker University Center
Dance party, cornhole, outdoor concert, photo booth, blackjack, video games, karaoke, food, $4,000 in prizes & more!
*Rain or Shine

Saturday, Sept. 4
Saturday Night Football
5 p.m. – Bobcat Student Park opens
The event will feature free Chipotle burritos, available at the Bobcat Student Park, Inflatable games, corn hole & music!
7 p.m. – Ohio Football Game

Sunday, Sept. 5
Party in the Sand
8 p.m. – 11 p.m. at South Beach on South Green
Sand volleyball, live music, slip ‘n’ slide, food, bonfire and more!
*Rain or Shine