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What amenities does my residence hall room have?

Each room has a bed, 80” long mattress (extra-long twin sheets), closet,wardrobe, dresser, and a desk with desk chair for each student. Some students bring additional storage units to supplement what is provided.

Each room has a refrigerator/microwave combination unit, Ethernet/network jack, and cable connectivity (student must bring co-axial cable and Ethernet cable). No additional refrigerator or microwave is permitted.

Can I mount my television?

No, students are not permitted to mount TVs, shelves, or any other object that can damage the walls. Students will be charged for wall damage resulting from mounting heavy objects to the wall.

Can I store the "extra" room furniture that I don't want?

All provided furniture must remain in the room - no exceptions.

What about bed lofts?

The Residence Action Council (tRAC) has contracted with Bedloft.com who will take orders and deliver lofts to student rooms prior to fall move in. Renting a bed loft is an easy and an affordable way to create additional living space in your room. Students may pre-order a loft at Bedloft. Place your order by the advertised date on site to guarantee bed loft delivery and assembly to your room before the traditional move-in day. Any students who may arrive early will not have their loft delivered and set up prior to their arrival. Lofts may also be rented on move-in day, but quantities will be limited.

Please go here for more information about lofts. Finding out ahead of time whether your assigned room will accommodate a loft will save you time and money (see below). Most triples either already have a loft or do not accommodate additional lofts. For safety reasons, no personally constructed lofts will be permitted. If you choose to use a loft, please note that University-issued furnishings cannot be removed from the room and beds are not permitted to be disassembled. Rented lofts must be disassembled at the conclusion of the academic year for Bedloft.com to pick them up. If you change rooms during the year, you are responsible for moving and resetting up the loft, as well as notifying Bedloft.com of your room change. Ohio University strongly encourages the use of a bedrail with all lofts.

Are futons allowed?

Yes, students may elect to purchase a futon for their room. However, all of the provided furniture must remain in the room.

Additionally, Ohio University partners with Bedloft.com as our preferred futon vendor. Bedloft's full-sized futon may be used as a love seat, lounger, or bed. Students may pre-order a futon at Bedloft and have the futon delivered to their room and assembled before the traditional move-in dates.

Bedloft.com also rents bed lofts to students, and these futons are guaranteed to fit under the bed loft.

Will I need curtains?

Most rooms have pull shades at each window. The Convocation Center rooms have mini-blinds instead of the pull shades. If you would like more than a shade or mini blinds, you/your roommate(s) may bring curtains along with a tension (spring) rod for hanging. More more specific information about window sizes, check out our room dimensions here.

Will the beds be bunked?

Our standard set up is for the beds to come bunked within most room types. Within triples, one set of beds will come bunked. If your beds are bunked and you wish to have them unbunked during the year, Residential Custodial Services (RCS) will do this for you. Submit a work order for this request. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, it may take a few days to complete your request depending on the volume of requests. Due to Covid-19 restrictions staff may be unable to unbunk beds during this academic year. Ohio University strongly encourages the use of a bedrail with all bunked beds.

Can I paint or decorate my room?

Room painting is not permitted, however students are welcome to decorate their rooms. Keep in mind that only 25% of the wall space may be covered by posters for fire-safety reasons. We recommend removable adhesives (such as command strips) for hanging room decorations in most halls. In Carr, Sowle, Tanaka, & Luchs Halls command strips are not permitted, the staff office will provide residents with small nails. NO duct tape, masking tape, or wall damaging adhesives are permitted in any hall. You will be held financially responsible for any damage to your assigned room.

Where can I purchase a carpet?

Residents’ Action Council (tRAC) works with students to purchase carpet for their room. Contact 1.800.892.8729 or visit our web site. Carpets must be pre-ordered and will be delivered to the room for traditional move-in dates if ordered prior to the posted deadline on the website for Ohio University. Students are responsible for removing carpet at the end of the academic year.

Will my room be air conditioned?

Yes, all of our Residence hall rooms have air conditioning.

Can I bring a UL Air Purifier?

Yes. Students are welcome to bring a UL Approved Air Purifier (non-ozone).

Will Ohio University replace my personal property if it is lost or stolen?

Ohio University does not carry insurance on student’s personal items. It is advised that students carry renter's insurance to cover theft or damage to personal items. Consult with your homeowner’s insurance carrier or search the internet for companies who specialize in this type of coverage.

What happens if I lose my key or lock myself out of my room?

You are responsible for your keys. Be careful and never lend your keys to anyone. Your safety is a priority, so make it a habit to lock your room when you're not in it and be sure to take your keys with you. If you do lock yourself out, contact the Help Desk on the first floor of the Living Learning Center on South Green at 740-597-6001 for assistance. Standard business hours are 8am-8pm M-F, if you are locked out of your room after this time please contact you hall duty phone for assistance. Lock out instructions and numbers will be posted in the hall for reference.

Propping open exterior doors, lending your keys to someone else, or letting a stranger into the building are all risks to your safety and the security of all the residents of the building. Residents who engage in such behavior may be subject to disciplinary action.

Lost keys will have to be replaced, and a lock change will be necessary. Your student account will be charged for any keys you lose and any associated lock change fees.

How do I report a pest problem?

For any issues related to pest control (ants, bugs, etc.) call Environmental Health and Safety (740.593.1666) and leave a message or place an online work request.

How do I report a room maintenance problem?

Facilities Management service desk; hours are 7:00 AM until 11:00 AM, with special move-in hours. You can also enter an online work request.

Can I stay on campus during break periods?

Halls are open for Thanksgiving break and Spring break at no additional cost. Winter and interim periods are at an additional cost with a supplementary application required. Students who need to stay in Athens during break periods should visit their Housing Self-Service page to apply.

Due to restrictions for Covid-19 temporary housing may not be offered. Please contact Housing and Residence Life for detailed information.

How do I make an interim/temporary housing reservation?

To request student interim or temporary housing you will apply on your Housing Self-Service. Applications availability and deadlines will be communicated via email.

Due to restrictions for Covid-19 temporary housing may not be offered. Please contact Housing and Residence Life for detailed information.

Where will I get my mail?

OHIO students in the residence halls can retrieve letters and packages from their designated green mail center, a list of the green mail centers can be found here. When a student’s package arrives at a mail center, the package will be logged and an email message will be sent to the students OHIO email account notifying them that a package is ready to be picked up.

Emails received from vendors (Amazon, UPS, etc.) stating the package has been delivered, does not mean that the package has been delivered to the mailcenter and is ready for pick up. Rather, an email from OHIO is the final notification that the package is ready for pick up. To pick up a package, you will need to bring your OHIO ID to your designated green mail center during operating hours.

Packages will not be received by US Postal Services until the Monday prior to the semester opening.

All Ohio University Residence Hall address can be found here.

Where will I do my laundry?

There are laundry facilities in all South Green residence halls and some individual residence halls. Central laundry facilities are located under Gamertsfelder Hall on East Green, Treudley Halls on West Green, and Dougan House on South Green.

For more information regarding laundry facilities, click here.

Where can I dispose of trash and recyclables?

Each room is equipped with at least one trash bin and recycling bin. Students should empty these containers on a regular basis at the building's trash dumpster or recycling area. Trash and recycling bins must remain in the student’s room.

When can I move into my residence hall?

For move in information please visit Arrival Guide for detailed move in information.

Where do I check in?

Most hall check-ins will be at the respective staff office of the building or complex to which you are assigned. During move-in there will be signs and staff that will guide you to your check in location.

What can I expect during my first week in the residence hall?

When you move in you can expect to meet a lot of new people. You'll be meeting other students like yourself as well as becoming acquainted with various staff members. You will meet the Housing & Residence Life in-hall staff who are responsible for creating a positive living environment and helping you adjust to college life. Most important will be your Resident Advisor(RA). They are a student like you. Each RA is assigned to a floor section--a group of rooms--for which they are responsible. Your RA is trained to answer your questions, foster community living, and be a resource to you. During the first few days, your floor section will meet with your RA to discuss upcoming activities and the hall guidelines. Their goal is to create a safe and healthy living environment. As a member of a new community, you have input and a responsibility to create your community and maintain a comfortable living area.

You may also meet the Residential Custodial Services staff (RCS), who are responsible for keeping public areas such as the bathrooms and lounges of your building clean. They appreciate and expect your assistance in maintaining and preserving public areas. Bromley, Adams, Tanaka, Sowle, Carr, and Luchs Hall residents are responsible for cleaning their own shared bathrooms and should bring their own cleaning supplies. You are responsible for the cleanliness of your own room and for your own trash removal.

What should I bring to campus with me?
  • Alarm clock
  • Backpack
  • Bedspread, pillow, and mattress pad
  • Blankets and sheets (for 80" extra-long twin bed)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Desk lamp
  • Dust rag, dust spray
  • First aid kit
  • Laundry supplies (high efficiency detergent)
  • Non-wall damaging adhesive for posters or decorations, we recommend 3M/Command products (not allowed in Carr, Sowle, Luchs, and Tanaka Halls)
  • Notebooks, pens, pencils, tape, stapler, paper clips, and scissors
  • Rain jacket/umbrella
  • Rolls of quarters (if not using Bobcat Cash) for laundry/vending
  • Shower caddy (to carry your shower supplies)
  • Shower shoes/flip flops
  • Telephone (if you want to use the land line. Will require having room phone line activated by contact the OIT Service Desk)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • U.L. approved GFCI surge bars or power strips with a long cord

Can bring, but not necessary:

  • Carpet or rug
  • Coffeemaker
  • Laptop Computer, printer, ink cartridges, paper
  • Dish washing soap
  • Fan
  • Iron
  • Memo board or bulletin board
  • Molding hooks and removable adhesive (we recommend 3M/Command brand products)
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Paper towels
  • Room decorations and posters
  • Sewing kit
  • Shoe bag or rack
  • Silverware and microwave-safe dishes
  • Television
  • Under-the-bed storage boxes
  • Bike with bike lock (we recommend a ULOCK and registering your bike with OUPD)
Is there anything I shouldn't bring?

Yes. For your own health and safety, the following items are PROHIBITED in the residence halls:

  • The use or possession of dangerous weapons or materials within the residence halls is strictly prohibited. This includes firearms, other weapons and ammunition. Dangerous weapons or materials include, but are not limited to: handguns, automatic and semiautomatic firearms, compressed air guns (e.g. CO2 air guns / air-soft guns / paintball guns), pellet guns, bb guns, or a weapon of any description, including but not limited to ballistic or explosive devices, incendiary devices, fireworks, ammunition, or knives used to either cause or infer harm to self or others.
  • Cooking appliances, including crock pots, grills, toasters, or toaster ovens
  • Alcohol (if you are under the legal age of 21)
  • Candles
  • Drugs (illegal)
  • Explosives
  • Fishnet or paper lanterns
  • Hot plate or any open-coil cooking appliance
  • Personal microwave or refrigerator (refrigerator and microwave provided)
  • Personal air-conditioning units
  • Pets (other than fish)
  • Posters that will cover more than 25 percent of your walls
  • Duct/masking tape or other wall/furniture damaging tape product
What if I need to ship some items before my arrival?

You may ship items to your campus address and they will be delivered to your designated green mail center. A list of green mail centers can be found here. Time your shipments so that they correspond with your arrival. Packages will not be received by US Postal Services until the Monday prior to the semester opening. When a student’s package arrives at a mail center, the package will be logged and an email message will be sent to the student's OHIO email account notifying them that a package is ready to be picked up.

What is Bobcat Cash and where can it be used?

Bobcat Cash is a prepaid debit card which is stored on your OHIO ID card. Bobcat Cash is only usable on campus at any dining or retail outlet, laundry center, or vending machine.

What if I lose my ID?

If your ID is damaged or misplaced, you should immediately cancel it and request a new ID by contacting the Bobcat Depot (740-597-3376) in Baker University Center.

How do I use my meal plan?

Your OHIO ID card is programmed with personal data and identifies your Bobcat Cash balance and meal plan selection. This ID is used for dining access and on-campus Bobcat Cash spending. The meal week begins at brunch on Sunday morning and ends at midnight on Saturday. Meals are not transferable from one meal week to another. All meals for the week must be used by the close of the last dining hall and/or on-campus market.

Can I allow another person to use my meal plan?

Another person is not permitted to use your meal plan. However, if you have a flex or block meal plan you may swipe your card more than once to allow another person to use one of your meals in the dining halls. Also traditional meal plans do include a number of guest swipes per semester. For more meal plan information please visit Culinary Services.

How can I make a meal plan change?

Meal plans can be decreased up until the Wednesday before traditional move-in begins. After that time, only increases (higher cost plans) will be permitted. Please visit your Housing Self-Service page to request a change.

What is the difference between a flex and a traditional meal plan?

Traditional meal plans are a certain number of meals per week and unused meals are lost. Flex plans allow for greater flexibility and unused meals can be exchanged for a “meal equivalency” at one of the on-campus markets. The flex plans also offer “points” that are equal to “dollars” for use in any dining venue including Baker University Center. Traditional and Flex plans may be utilized at any of our four dining halls on campus.

When is the first meal of the semester served?

Meal plans will begin at lunch on Thursday of traditional move-in, for students as they arrive to campus for fall semester. Meal plans will begin at brunch on the Sunday of spring semester move-in.

When will I find out about my roommate?

You can view all roommate(s) information on your Housing Self-Service page once you select/receive your housing assignment.

Due to the availability of a fluid room change process, Housing and Residence Life cannot notify students of new roommate information when assigned. It is the responsibility of students to check their Housing Self-Service page for the most up-to-date roommate information.

How do I ensure that my roommate and I don't bring duplicate items?

Once you learn who your roommate will be, you should make contact with them. Students have access to all other students OHIO email address(es). Most roommates want to introduce themselves as well as clarify who will bring the TV and other items. Due to space being limited, it's a good idea to discuss what each roommate plans to bring, so you don't end up with two carpets or two coffee makers.

What if I am unhappy with my room assignment?

We understand that everyone may not always satisfied with their room assignment. If you are unhappy about your room assignment you will have an opportunity to change rooms on multiple occasions:
Before classes begin: Students can change rooms online during the Room Change Process. Time range will be displayed on your Housing Self-Service page.

After classes begin: Students can request a room change beginning the first Thursday of classes until the first week in November. The process will reopen the first Thursday of classes for spring semester as well.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are limiting room changes during the academic year in order to minimizing risk and provide our residents with a safe living environment. In the event of an emergency please contact your RA or RD/GRD.

How can I make a room change?

Ohio University offers wonderful opportunities to experience diversity in cultures, lifestyles, and backgrounds. Because of this, we expect students to welcome, respect, and be sensitive to differences including getting to know their roommate before making a decision to change rooms. There is a room change “freeze” during the beginning of every semester. After that period, students should work with their in-hall staff if they would like information about the room change procedure.

Are there additional charges if I change rooms?

Room rates are dependent upon the type of room the student occupies. If a student moves to a more expensive/less expensive room, the appropriate charges/credits will be applied to the student account.

Do I need to move everything out of my room during the break periods?

No, students may leave all of their personal items in their room during Thanksgiving break, Winter break (if returning spring semester), and Spring break. You may want to consider taking home anything that is sentimental or valuable. There may be staff, contractors, or students who registered for temporary housing residing in your residence hall during break periods. Students must empty their refrigerators and freezers. Further information is available at the floor meetings, bulletin boards, emails, and checklists placed on your door prior to break periods.

How do I check out of my room if I am leaving?

Whether you are checking out of your room (not returning) during or at the end of the semester, you checkout with an in-hall staff member. This ensures that they will be available to properly check you out of your room. You must sign your Room Condition Report and turn in your key as part of the formal check-out. Room charges will continue until proper check out is completed, so be sure to follow these steps!

Does Ohio University offer guest housing for parents and visitors?

Dependent on hall availability, Housing & Residence Life may or may not offer guest housing for parents or visitors. Please contact our office regarding your request.

How do I contact the Housing & Residence Life Office?

The central housing office is located in The Living Learning Center room 215. Office hours are from 8:00 AM - 5 PM Monday-Friday, with special holiday and move-in hours. 

You can call or text us at 740.593.4090 or email us at  housing@ohio.edu

Where can I find updates from Housing and Residence Life?

Our websites are updated regularly, visit us at www.ohio.edu/housing

You can also follow our official Social Media Accounts;

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/OHIO_Housing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OHIO.housing/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ohio_housing/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OhioResHousing

These are the only official Housing and Residence Life social media accounts. Other pages or accounts may not have accurate information.