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


Ohio University’s newest Bobcats and their parents will transition from home life to college life in Athens during the University’s move-in weekend starting on Thursday, Aug. 24. Helping to ease the transition will be student volunteers, faculty and staff who will assist others in successfully navigating campus, moving into residence halls 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. 24, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 27. Campus will be bustling with activity, so the following information is designed to assist in helping make the move-in experience as smooth as possible.

When should I arrive?
Residence Halls officially open for new students on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. and Friday, Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. Upper class students may move into the residence halls beginning Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m.

First-year students should plan to arrive in Athens no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, August 25. All first-year students living on campus will then attend a Residence Hall welcome at 6 p.m. in their hall. 

Residence hall move-in will be staggered alphabetically to allow ample time and space for unpacking and settling in. Please refer to the Residence Halls page in the online Arrival Guide at https://www.ohio.edu/arrivalguide/halls.cfm for a detailed schedule. Housing and Residence Life also maintains a website with move in information, FAQs and an instructional flow chart: https://www.ohio.edu/housing/movein.cfm

Individuals with disabilities or who require special assistance must request help in advance of arrival by calling Housing and Residence Life at 740-593-4090.

Where am I going?
Officers with the Ohio University Police Department and staff members from Housing and Residence Life will help direct traffic to residence halls and answer questions about where individuals can unload belongings. Directional signage will be posted throughout campus to guide individuals to the appropriate residential greens. Cars will be permitted to park adjacent to residence halls and in marked university meters for 30 minutes to unload. Once belongings are unloaded and OHIO staff member will help direct vehicles to long term parking lots. 

  • In an effort to accommodate move in needs the dark green & purple lots on campus will be available for parking. A map detailing these lot locations can be accessed at: https://www.ohio.edu/athens/parking/.
  • Parking is not permitted in fire lanes. Vehicles may stop, but not park. When stopped in a fire lane, an individual must be with the vehicle to ensure it is able to be moved if necessary.
  • While parking on the grass is not normally permitted a special exception will be made in certain areas to accommodate the large number of vehicles moving into residence halls. Please only utilize parking within the grass in approved locations as directed by an OHIO staff member. 
  • For additional parking information visit the Parking Services website at www.ohio.edu/parking or follow @ohiouparking on Twitter.


Designated Move In Parking Areas:
Temporary Parking Locations – 30 Minute Limit

  • Lot 93 (Golf & Tennis Center)
  • Lot 119 (Sargent Hall)
  • Lots 78 & 79 (South Green Garage)
  • Lots 4 & 6 (Scott Quad)
  • Lots 114 & 115 (James/Wilson Halls)
  • Lot 83 (Clippinger/Living Learning Center)
  • Meters in a variety of locations throughout campus will be bagged and signed as move in parking with a 30 minute parking maximum to accommodate those needing close access to residence halls.


Long term parking for Thursday, Aug. 24 through Saturday, Aug. 26 can be found in any dark green or purple lot on campus that is not marked as move-in parking, 30-minute limit.

Long Term Parking Locations:
No Time Limit (Thursday, Aug. 24 through Saturday, Aug. 26)

  • Lot 125 (Track & Field Facility) – West Green
  • Lot 132 (Peden Stadium)
  • Lot 133 (Walter Fieldhouse)
  • Lots 51-55 (South Green)
  • Lots 40 & 41 (East Green/Lower Seigfred)
  • Lot 143 (Central Food Facility - West Green)


Parking Office Hours & Contact Information:
Transportation and Parking Services will hold special operating hours for move in weekend on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist customers needing parking for fall semester. For questions regarding move in parking, please contact the Parking Services Office at 740-593-1917 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or e-mail parking@ohio.edu.

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 for tech support at the Bobcat Depot located on the ground floor of Baker University Center, Nelson Hall located on South Green, and Boyd Hall located on West Green during the following times: Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 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 above hours. Students also can call after hours to request a password reset or to report an outage. Students can also reset their password or submit a service request at www.ohio.edu/oit.   

Where can I eat?
Heavy lifting can work up an appetite. When hunger strikes, food can be found within any of OHIO Culinary Services’ conveniently located venues.

  • All meal plans begin with lunch on Thursday, Aug. 24; Nelson Court and Shively Court will open Thursday at lunch, and The District will open Friday at lunch.
  • Parents are encouraged to have a meal with their student in the dining courts. Students with Traditional Meal Plans have an allotted number of guest meal swipes they can use. Flex Meal Plan holders can use their allotted weekly meals to pay for guests. Special weekend pricing of $8.00 plus tax is available Thursday lunch through Sunday dinner at the residential dining courts. The regular dining court walk-in price for lunch is $11.10 plus tax or dinner is $14.35 plus tax; breakfast is $8.60 plus tax. Parents and students may also dine at West 82 Food Court and the newly renovated Latitude 39 in Baker University Center. Other popular options on campus include East Green’s Jefferson Marketplace, which is home to the Brick City Deli and a robust salad/hot bar, and The Hungry Cat Food Truck which parks at the top of Morton Hill; accepted forms of payment include: Flex Points, MasterCard/Visa/American Express, Bobcat Cash and cash.
  • Bookmark www.ohio.edu/food for a complete list of Culinary Services locations and hours of operation or download the OHIO Culinary Services mobile app – the official resource for dining information at Ohio University. The app is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app features quick access to venue hours, locations, menus, account balances and more. Special offers and push notifications can be sent directly to your device.


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-hours requests or concerns. These include:

  • Office of the Bursar (Chubb Hall): Open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday; open 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Office of Student Financial Aid (Chubb Hall): Open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday; open 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Housing and Residence Life (Living Learning Center): Open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday; open 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Office of the Registrar (Chubb Hall): Open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday; open 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Undergraduate Admissions (Chubb Hall): Open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday; open 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 


Student ID card
Student identification cards can be obtained at the Bobcat Depot on the ground floor of Baker University Center for those students who did not receive a card during Bobcat Student Orientation. ID cards are used to check out materials at Alden Library; for memberships at Ping Center, Aquatic Center and Bird Arena; for Bobcat Cash at Baker University Center Food Court, vending machines and campus convenience stores; to enter the student section of sporting events; to track meal plans; and to access buildings in some locations. Questions about ID cards should be directed to Bobcat Depot at 740-597-3376. For more information on services offered by the Bobcat Depot, please visit www.bobcatdepot.ohio.edu. Bobcat Depot will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Aug. 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, and is located on the first floor of Baker University Center.

Bobcat Updates on WXTQ Power 105.5 FM
Ohio University is teaming up with WXTQ Power 105.5 FM to present Bobcat Updates, a series of short radio spots with the latest information for this school year’s move-in weekend. Throughout the day on Thursday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Aug. 25, Power 105.5 will be the place to tune your radio for traffic updates and information about afternoon and evening activities around OHIO’s Athens Campus. Bobcat Updates will also feature call-ins from staff from the Division of Student Affairs, providing the classic “man-on-the-street” point of view while welcoming students, parents and friends to Ohio University!

Recycling and zero waste initiatives 
Last year, Ohio University Campus Recycling recovered approximately 11 tons of cardboard and packaging materials from residence halls and other on-campus buildings. 

New Bobcats can help Ohio University achieve its recycling goals in 2017, which include successfully diverting 95 percent of all packaging materials from the landfill and reaching a total recycling rate of 90 percent. Mixed stream recycling is provided in every residence hall room and across campus for all paper, cardboard, bottles, cans and #1 through #7 plastics. During move-in weekend, look for additional collection areas for Styrofoam, plastic packaging and cardboard boxes.

View the complete 2017 Arrival Guide at www.ohio.edu/arrivalguide