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Specialized Living Experience

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

These experiences are centered around a common set of values or ideals and are provided to students who are interested in connecting with other students with similar interests or backgrounds. Some of these experiences 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 Specialized Living Experience for 2020-2021 please submit a proposal here.

Specialized Living Experiences Applications for returning students must be submitted by 5 PM on March 2, 2020. Specialized Living Experiences Applications for first year students must be submitted by 5 PM on May 4, 2020.

Bobcats of Tomorrow : Gender Inclusive: LGBT : Substance Free
Women's Leadership : Residential Learning Communities : Honors Halls

Bobcats of Tomorrow

The Bobcats of Tomorrow living experience is an opportunity for first-year students who are interested in developing their leadership skills in a vibrant community of peers and mentors. Participants will engage in a combination of activities that will prepare them for leading in a variety of settings, with the goal of:

  • developing their unique leadership style,
  • understanding the value of inclusive teams,
  • articulating the importance of their leadership skills to future employers.

Through this living experience, participants will gain acceptance to the Bobcat Leadership Challenge, engage in career coaching, make connections with strategic leaders at OHIO, learn about scholarship opportunities for student leaders, and ultimately participate in certification program for their professional portfolio.

Participants will receive support in identifying on-campus employment opportunities while earning one credit hour per semester due to a strong partnership between Ohio University Housing and Residence Life, the Career and Leadership Development Center (CLDC), and the Faculty-in-Residence program. There are no participation fees for the program and we welcome students from a variety of majors and interests in order to provide a rich setting for not just receiving leadership lessons, but also for developing innovative approaches to leading in different institutional and social contexts. 

Location: Perkins Hall (East Green)

Student Population: First Year

Click here for the Bobcats of Tomorrow Living Experience Application

Gender Inclusive

The Gender Inclusive options focus on providing an 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.

Hoover House is also the home of the LGBT Specialized Living Experience.  See the description for more information.

Student Population: First Year/Second Year

Click here for Gender Inclusive Housing Frequently Asked Questions.

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


The LGBT Living Experience 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 an oasis 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

Click here for the LGBT Living Experience Application.

Substance Free

The Substance Free Living Experiences are residential environments 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.

The Substance Free Community Contract is available for review here [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 Experience 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 on campus. 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 spending the night in the hall and 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.

Honors Hall

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

Located on the East Green, Washington Hall houses 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. Washington Hall also hosts visiting scholars who are encouraged to interact with students both informally and through planned engagements. Washington Hall is located near Jefferson Marketplace, the College of Education, and College of Fine Arts complex. It is 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 or click here to learn more about Washington Hall.

Location: Washington Hall & Read Hall (East Green)

Student Population: First and Second Year

Eligible Scholarship Programs

  • Honor Tutorial College
  • Urban Scholars
  • Appalachian Scholars
  • Templeton Scholars
  • Cutler Scholars
  • Russ Vision
  • OHIO Honors Program

Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) are formal course groupings for students that offer a residential component to merge academic exploration with on-campus living. A wide variety of information on RLC's is found on our Residential Learning Communities information page.