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Experiential Living Opportunities

Experiential Living Opportunities are unique residential environments that foster growth and development through targeted programmatic and staff supported efforts.

These living opportunities are centered around a common set of values or ideals and are provided to those interested in connecting with other students with similar interests or backgrounds. Some of these living opportunities require a contractual agreement aimed at upholding community standards and peer accountability and/or have expectations about participation.

If you are interested in proposing a Experiential Living Opportunities for 2023-2024 please submit a proposal.

Experiential Living Opportunities Applications for first year students must be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 6, 2023.

Expanded Gender Inclusive : LGBT : Substance Free : Women's Leadership

LINKS : Honors Halls : New Adventures : Residential Learning Communities

Expanded Gender Inclusive

The Expanded Gender Inclusive housing options focus on providing inclusive rooms across campus where students can live in the same room with any student - regardless of sex, gender, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.

Student Population: First Year/Second Year

Expanded Gender Inclusive Housing Frequently Asked Questions

To be able to match up with students of a different gender, and to view available Expanded GIH spaces during room selection, update your "Personal Information" tab on your Housing Self-Service by March 1 for returning students, by May 6 for incoming students.


The LGBT Experiential Living Opportunity is a place where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally, Queer (et. al) identifying students can feel safe and supported in their living environment without the consideration of their gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation. This community will give students the ability to have a space where they are free to be themselves while supporting and getting support from their peers.

The Resident Assistant for this experience will work closely with the Resident Director of the building and the Director of the LGBT Center to create a living experience that is safe, comfortable, and engaging. Collectively, programing efforts will focus on the interests of the residents while including special programing efforts that will immerse residents in LGBT issues and LGBT community engagement. A mod-style living experience will encourage a close and open community. The bathroom will be all gendered as to not limit participation based on gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation.

Location: Hoover House (South Green)

Student Population: First Year/Second Year

LGBT Experiential Living Opportunity Application

Substance Free

The Substance Free Living Opportunity is a residential environment for students who have made a conscious lifestyle choice for substance free living. All residents of substance free housing commit to keep their living environment free of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco products.

Substance Free Community Contract [PDF]

Location: Bush Hall (East Green)

Student Population: First Year/Second Year

To be able to view available spaces in this hall for room selection, update your "Personal Information" tab on your Housing Self-Service prior to selection.

Women's Leadership

The Women's Leadership Living Opportunity is home to domestic and international female students. Residents of Voigt strive to build a strong, inclusive community where women can grow and develop together into strong female leaders. Voigt is an energetic and creative community for women who want to create lasting friendships and positive experiences. Residents of the female only housing community agree to specific rules regarding male visitors. Male guests are allowed to visit Voigt Hall, but are prohibited from staying overnight in the hall as well as they must adhere to the standard guest policy.

Location: Voigt Hall (East Green)

Student Population: First Year/Second Year

To be able to view available spaces in this hall for room selection, update your "Personal Information" tab on your Housing Self-Service prior to selection.



The LINKS living opportunity is designed for first-year multicultural students who are part of the LINKS program. A partnership with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, this living opportunity focuses on promoting opportunities for first year students of color to develop connections with other students in the LINKS program while building skills in well-being, engagement, and leadership, to support the transition to Ohio University. The program will provide individualized peer mentoring and advising with Multicultural Center staff, along with specialized sessions to inform and prepare students for leadership, scholarship, and professional development opportunities on Ohio University’s Athens campus and beyond.

Location: Gamertsfelder Hall (East Green)

Student Population: First Year multicultural students who signed up for the LINKS program

To express interest in the LINKS ELO follow these steps:

  1. Visit the LINKS webpage for more information about the program
  2. Select the Sign Up For LINKS button and complete the associated survey
  3. Utilize MyOHIORoomie to find a potential roommate by list LINKS in your profile and selecting the question that says you are interested in the LINKS program
  4. You will need to apply for this program by May 6 at 11:59 p.m. to be eligible

Honors Hall

Challenge your mind, build your network, and continue the conversation outside the classroom.

Located on the East Green, Washington and Read Halls house a number of students from the Honor's Tutorial College (HTC) and other university scholarship programs (see list below). The complex features multiple study and community spaces for students to read, meet with a project group, or just relax. Both halls also host visiting scholars who are encouraged to interact with students both informally and through planned engagements. Washington and Read Halls are located near Jefferson Marketplace, the College of Education, and College of Fine Arts complex. They are also within easy walking distance to uptown Athens and the College Green. To learn more about this community, visit the Honor's Tutorial College residence halls page.

More information about Washington Hall

More information about Read Hall

Location: Washington Hall & Read Hall (East Green)

Student Population: First and Second Year

Eligible Scholarship Programs

  • Honors Tutorial College
  • Urban Scholars
  • Appalachian Scholars
  • Templeton Scholars
  • Cutler Scholars
  • OHIO Honors Program

New Adventures

New Adventures is Ohio University's Outdoor Orientation Program. The off-campus experience will take place prior to the start of your first year at OHIO. Student trip leaders will help you learn how to participate in one of three weeklong expeditions into the back country. Students of New Adventures will be able to select into the same building as other New Adventures participants to allow for continued community even after you have returned from the trip! 

Location: Sargent Hall (West Green)

Student Population: First Year

The New Adventures registration deadline is June 5, 2023. Learn more and apply

Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) are formal course groupings for students that offer a residential component to merge academic exploration with on-campus living. The academic components of RLC are coordinated through University College’s Learning Community Programs, which also offers a large number of non-residential learning communities. Housing and Residence Life works in collaboration with University College to enhance the academic component of RLC with the opportunity for community growth and development within our residence halls.

Fine Arts: Lincoln Hall 

The Fine Arts RLC offers unique academic and creative opportunities for students from a variety of Fine Arts interests; including dance, music, theater, and art. Within the RLC, there are multiple “Experience the Arts” academic options, providing linked courses for students with the benefit of rehearsal and studio space within their living space. Lincoln Hall houses a dance and an art studio space, a music and computer lounge, and flexible multipurpose spaces. Lincoln Hall is located across the street from Putnam, Glidden, and Seigfred Halls, which house the schools representing the College of Fine Arts. Visit the Fine Arts Learning Community page for information about faculty and staff serving the RLC, academic offerings, and to see pictures of participants and program facilities.

Army ROTC: Convocation Center

Students participating in the Army ROTC RLC will live in Convocation Center on West Green. The Army ROTC learning community supports academic exploration and community engagement for Army ROTC students. This learning community group is by invitation only from the groups' commanders.

Transfer Student Community: Adams & Bromley Halls 

Students participating in the Transfer Student Community will live in Adams Hall on South Green or Bromley Hall on West Green. The Transfer Student Community supports community engagement for students who are transferring or relocating to OHIO for the upcoming fall semester. This community will connect students to campus, to the Athens community, and to others within the residential environment. For more Transfer Student Community information and to apply, visit the First Year and Student Transitions webpage.