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The ISFS team will go through all of this information in detail during orientation, however it is good to start looking at and thinking about your different options to make your transition here at Ohio University and Athens easier. There is also a Living in Athens website created by International Student and Faculty Services that you can browse through for any further information. It is located at  https://www.ohio.edu/global/isfs/students/athens-living.cfm

Much of the information on this page is also located on this PDF, which is provided here in case it is easier for you to print or view.

The Ohio University Campus Involvement Center

The Community Engagement program within the Campus Involvement Center assist students who live off campus by serving as as a resource for navigating a variety of issues which arise. You can find more information at the Community Engagement - Off-Campus Living website.

Off Campus Housing - Here are a few options

Name of Complex


Contact Number

E-mail/ Website

University Commons

15 S Shafer St, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 593-7571


University Courtyard

366 Richland Ave, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 249-2489


Carriage Hill Apartments

115 Carriage Hill Dr, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 594-2236


River Gate

10 Rufus St, Athens, OH 45701

(855) 259-2604



36 N McKinley Ave, Athens, OH 45701

  (740) 331-4661


Mill Street Village

186 Mill St, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 249- 4661

  info@millstvillage.com or http://www.millstvillage.com/contact.php

The Summit

363 Richland Ave, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 249-2351


River Annex

2 Andover Rd, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 589-5380


Athens Station Apartments

123 W Union St


(740) 593-3153



Putnam Square Apartments

24 Home Street 1400

Athens, OH 45701



putnamsq@yahoo.com or https://www.putnamsquare.net/

Graceland Apartments

101 S Shafer St, Athens, OH 45701



lynnlast@gmail.com or http://athensgraceland.com/contact-us/


Possible sites to check out if you are looking for off-campus housing:

Google- Athens Ohio Apartments Please take a look at the following map with popular housing options in Athens: Off-Campus Housing Map at https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1C_A8Th2VmlY--YQdcliO2SQSRbs&hl=en_US&ll=39.32172360533713%2C-82.10170966137696&z=13

Furniture for your Apartment:


Name Address Contact Number


929 East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Sofa & Mattress Outlet

606 East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701


961 East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Big Lots

918 East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Family Dollar

4. E. Carpenter Street

Athens, Ohio 45701



Thrift Stores/Second Hand Stores

Name Address Contact Number
Mother Earth Community
Thrift Store

5 North Shafer Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Reuse Thrift Store

100 Columbus Road

Athens, Ohio 45701

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

100 Columbus Road

Athens, Ohio 45701


743 East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Random House

12 West State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701


Banks and Financial Institutions

  • Ohio University Credit Union
  • Chase Bank
  • Hocking Valley Bank
  • The Citizens Bank
  • Peoples Bank
  • First National Bank
  • Wes Banco Bank 
* For most of the banks you will need a proof of residence letter from Housing or your apartments leasing office. Call/ email to check what their requirements are for you to open an account as an International Student. 

Cellphone Network Providers

The ISFS team makes available free sim cards from Mint for all new students, but you can also pick from any of these network provides. 

  • Verizon 
  • Sprint 
  • H2O 
  • AT&T 
  • T-Mobile

Additional Important Resources

Place Address Contact Number Services Offered
Bureau of Motor Vehicles

1002 East State Street

#21, Athens, Ohio 45701

740-592-4667 State identification cards (IDs) and Driver's Licences
Athens Social Security Office

743A East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

877-840-7683 Social Security number if you are going to work
International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS)

15 Park Place
Athens, Ohio 45701

(Walter International Education Center)

740-593-4330 Student immigration queries


Transportation Options On Campus

There are many options to be able to travel in and around Athens. The Loops are provided by Ohio University and travel inside the campus. Athens Public Transit is provided by the city of Athens and can take you around different places in Athens such as Walmart, the hospital and several health clinics.


On Campus Bus Loops

Purple Loop
Baker 4th Floor      :00  :10  :20  :30  :40  :50
Lot 53 & 54             :04  :14  :24  :34  :44  :54
McCracken              :07  :17  :27  :37  :47  :57
Mem. Aud.              :08  :18  :28  :38  :48  :58

 Red Loop
Central Food           :00  :20  :40
Innovation Cntr.     :03  :23  :43
Kennedy Museum  :10  :30  :50
Mailroom                 :12  :32  :52
Stocker Center        :18  :38  :58

 Blue Loop
WUSOC                  :00  :10  :20  :30  :40  :50
Central Food         :03  :13  :23  :33  :43  :53
Grover                    :05  :15  :25  :35  :45  :55
Baker 4th Floor     :06  :16  :26  :36  :46  :56

Late Night Loop
On call service Monday – Friday 5:30 PM – 2:00 AM & Saturday 10 PM – 2AM; 740-593-4040 Orr 740-447-8023 or look for the number on the back of your student ID
For questions, please contact the main office at 740-593-1611

Go to https://www.ohio.edu/transportation/cats.cfm to check the schedules 

On Campus and Around Athens:

Athens Public Transit  - Lines 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 

Go to http://www.athenstransit.org/full-map-and-schedule/ to check the schedules

You can locate the bus stops in Athens by looking for this logo:

Bus Logo


You can also track your bus using the Double Map App.
If you need a ride somewhere in Ohio, you can check the Double Map app
Download it to your phone
It tracks all of the buses in real time 



To Travel Out of Athens:





Useful Facebook Groups for International Students

·  ISU-  https://www.facebook.com/ISUOU/

·  International Students-  https://www.facebook.com/groups/128451250506903/

·  Center for International Studies-  https://www.facebook.com/ohiouCIS/

·  Ohio University-  https://www.facebook.com/OhioUniversity/







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