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Student Housing Handbook

Welcome to OHIO!

As you progress through your college career, our hope is that you will thrive as you make OHIO home. The Student Housing Handbook is designed to serve as a resource and guide to living on campus.

Please remember you are a Bobcat on and off-campus and represent Ohio University in everything that you say and do daily. This home extends beyond the borders of campus and into the surrounding communities. Get to know the local citizens, the local culture, and give back to the community that has welcomed you with open arms. Your actions will be equated with the quality of our institution. You are now representing the first and finest university in the Northwest Territory; discover your promise, and proudly represent your new home in all that you do.

As an on-campus student who is responsible for all information in the Student Housing Handbook, please take the time to review all the provided content below and all information listed on the left navigational menu.

Campus Wide Emergencies

Ohio University has systems in place to respond to emergencies on campus. It is important that you pay close attention to your surroundings and be aware of the following emergency systems.

Crises or Concerns

If you have a concern or crisis, contact your RA or RD/GRD/ARD immediately. They are trained to assist you or get you connected with the correct resource. Examples of crisis or concern can include, but are not limited to, roommate conflicts, health problems, severe stress, academic problems, homesickness, depression, suicide ideation, or sexual assault.

Each building has a duty phone that is carried by a hall staff member from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Monday through Thursday. The duty phone is constantly monitored from 8 p.m. on Friday until 8 a.m. on Monday.

The phone number for your hall’s duty phone will be posted in the residence hall. You can find your hall's duty phone number on-line by logging into eRezLife and clicking your profile. If unable to find a staff member, call OUPD for emergencies at 740.593.1911. Counseling and Psychological Services also has a counselor on call 24/7. To speak with a counselor, call 740.593.1616. All calls to Counseling and Psychological Services are confidential.

Personal Property and Responsibility for Loss/Theft/Damage

Any belongings that are not university furnished, or that you bring from home, are considered your personal property. Please note that Ohio University neither insures nor is responsible for loss, theft, or damage to the personal property belonging to students, faculty, or staff. This includes damage caused by facility malfunctions such as a water leak.

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase renter’s insurance or check with your family’s homeowner’s policy regarding coverage of premises.

Important Numbers

This table includes important numbers that you may need while residing on campus. We recommend adding these numbers into your mobile phone contacts. Please be aware you are able to text the Housing and Residence Life main number as well.

Please visit Hall Staff for in hall staff contact numbers. For specific duty phone numbers, reference your eRezlife profile or the back of your room door.

Agency/OfficeOffice Phone Numbers
Housing and Residence Life740.593.4090
Ohio University Police Department (OUPD)740.593.1911
Facilities Management740.593.2911
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)740.593.1616
Campus Care (Hudson Health Center)740.593.1660
O’Bleness Hospital740.593.5551
Fire & Paramedics911
Athens Police Department740.593.6606
Office of Community Standards740.593.2629
Office of Dean of Students740.593.1800
Multicultural Center740.597.2110
Pride Center740.593.0239
Women’s Center740.593.9625