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2023-24 Academic Year River Park and River Gate Apartments Opportunity

In response to exceptionally high interest in OHIO for the 2022-23 academic year, resulting in a larger than typical upcoming second year class, we are pleased to offer expanded housing options to second-year students who are currently enrolled for the 2023-24 academic year.

OHIO has contracted with River Park and River Gate Apartments to add fully furnished apartments for the 2023-24 academic year. While most of these additional apartments will be at River Park, limited spaces at River Gate will be available as well. These spaces will continue to be supported by Ohio University Housing and Residence Life staff. Second-year students will have the opportunity to select into River Park or River Gate apartments through the Room Selection Process that takes place in March.

Students should review the Frequently Asked Questions section below for more details about these limited expanded housing options. If you have additional questions or concerns, text or call us at 740.593.4090 or email



Why is Ohio University offering this opportunity?

The current first year student interest in Ohio University was exceptionally high for the 2022-23 academic year. Based on current projections, we are expanding our inventory to provide options for all students to have access to an on-campus residential experience. This expansion is particularly important as the University completes necessary renovations and upgrades to other residential housing facilities. 

Why did Ohio University expand to River Park and River Gate specifically?

These facilities are directly adjacent to Pickering Hall on OHIO’s South Green and close to Ohio University’s on-campus dining venues and other University resources and amenities. 

Will students living in River Park and River Gate have the same experience as those students living in university-owned facilities?

Housing and Residence Life staff will live on site to support students, provide them with resources, and build community through intentional programming efforts. University policies in the Housing and Residence Life Handbook will apply to students living in the University-sponsored housing at River Park and River Gate. 

Do I need to have a meal plan if I choose to live in River Park or River Gate?

Yes, students who reside in River Park and River Gate through Ohio University will be required to carry an associated residential meal plan.

Will the University provided apartments at River Park and River Gate be furnished?

At River Park, each living room has a couch, a coffee table, an end table, a TV console, and a lamp. Each bedroom has one twin bed, one nightstand, one chest of drawers?, one lamp, one desk, and one desk chair. Each kitchen has a stove, oven, and full fridge, but utensils and cookware are not provided.

At River Gate: [TBD]

What is the housing rate for an assignment in River Park or River Gate?

Students who choose to reside in River Park or River Gate will be charged the suite single rate based on their OHIO Guarantee cohort. This charge includes all utilities and internet service. Charges will be assessed directly to the student’s account.  

When can I move into my River Park or River Gate apartment? Will it be different than typical move in?

River Park and River Gate Move-In will take place August 26 at the time published in the Arrival Guide. Students who wish to arrive during early arrival day (August 19) must complete an Early Arrival Request Application via their Housing Self-Service page. Students will follow the residence hall semester opening and closing dates provided by the University on the 2023-24 Academic Calendar.

Students will have the opportunity to complete an early arrival move-in application and winter break housing application as needed, and additional housing charges will be assessed accordingly.

Can I take a tour of the River Park and River Gate spaces?

Yes. River Park staff will be more than happy to schedule a tour. The River Park office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The River Park office can set up tours during those times.  If you’d like to set up a tour, contact them directly at 740-593-7783. River Park also offers a virtual tour experience.

Additionally, students will be able to take a tour of apartments at River Park during OHIO’s Open House on Sunday, March 5 from 5-7 p.m.

Do I need to pay for utilities at River Park and River Gate, or are they included in the housing charges?

The following utilities are covered at no additional charge: internet, gas, water/sewer, and electricity. Students residing in River Park and River Gate are responsible for contracting independently for cable TV services if desired.


Are residents of River Park and River Gate able to have pets?

Students are not permitted to have pets in the contracted units.

Do I need to get approval for an assistance animal if I am residing at River Park?

You will need to be approved for an assistance animal as an accommodation through the Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Ohio University will notify River Park or River Gate of any residents approved to have an assistance animal. Students approved will have a roommate acknowledgement agreement, updated immunization, flea/tick treatments, and proof of insurance on file with SAS. A pet deposit will not be required for students who are approved for an assistance animal; however, you may be charged for any damages incurred as a result of the approved assistance animal.  

If I am a resident of River Park or River Gate, what do I do about parking?

Students may choose to purchase a parking permit and must contract directly with the River Park leasing office to purchase their permit at the cost of $300/lease period. Students will be responsible for any costs associated with parking permits. 

River Gate:TBD

Is there laundry at River Park and River Gate?

Laundry machines are available on multiple floors of each building at River Park and River Gate. River Park and River Gate utilize laundry cards, and students are responsible for any amount needed for the machines. Students may also email with a request for access to the Dougan Laundry Center


Where do River Park and River Gate residents pick up mail and packages?

At both River Park and River Gate, each apartment shares a mailbox. Each apartment will be issued one key to share between all residents of the unit. Any packages that are too large for the mailbox will be placed in a larger parcel box and a key placed in the apartment’s mailbox. If any packages are too large for the large parcel box, they will be held at the River Park office for pickup.

Additionally, packages may be delivered directly to a student’s apartment door, but that request must be clearly indicated in the delivery instructions when placing an online order.

At River Park, mail pick up is located beside Building #35.

At River Gate, mail pick up is located [TBD].

I live at River Park or River Gate, what’s my address?

The format for all addresses at River Park and River Gate is as follows:

Street Address, Apartment Number, Athens, OH 45701

River Park Building 34: 34 N McKinley Ave

River Park Building 35: 35 N McKinley Ave

River Park Building 36: 36 N McKinley Ave

River Park Building 37: 1 Community Dr

River Park Building 38: 38 N McKinley Ave

River Gate: 10 Rufus St