Ohio University

New Students: Resources

The ISFS team will go through all of this information in detail during orientation, however it is good to start looking at and thinking about your different options to make your transition here at Ohio University and Athens easier. There is also a Living in Athens website created by International Student and Faculty Services that you can browse through for any further information.

Much of the information on this page is also located here in case it is easier for you to print or view.

The Ohio University Campus Involvement Center

Off Campus Housing

Furniture/Shops for your apartment

Banks and Financial Institutions

Cell Phone Network Providers

Additional Important Resources

Transportation on Campus

To Travel Out of Athens

Useful Facebook Groups for International Students

The Ohio University Campus Involvement Center

The Community Engagement program within the Campus Involvement Center assist students who live off campus by serving as as a resource for navigating a variety of issues which arise. You can find more information at the Community Engagement - Off-Campus Living website.

Off Campus Housing - Here are a few options

Name of Complex


Contact Number

University Commons

15 S Shafer St, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 593-7571

University Courtyard

366 Richland Ave, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 249-2489

Carriage Hill Apartments

115 Carriage Hill Dr, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 594-2236

River Gate

10 Rufus St, Athens, OH 45701

(855) 259-2604


36 N McKinley Ave, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 331-4661

Mill Street Village

186 Mill St, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 249- 4661

The Summit

363 Richland Ave, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 249-2351

River Annex

2 Andover Rd, Athens, OH 45701

(740) 589-5380

Athens Station Apartments

123 W Union St Athens, OH 45701

(740) 593-3153

Putnam Square Apartments

24 Home Street Athens, OH 45701


Graceland Apartments

101 S Shafer St, Athens, OH 45701


Possible sites to check out if you are looking for off-campus housing:

Google- Athens Ohio Apartments Please take a look at the following map with popular housing options in Athens: Off-Campus Housing Map

The Center for Student Legals Services has provided this helpful website to inform students on Housing Law. Visit this link to learn about leasing agreements, communicating effectively with your landlord, and more. Be aware that to contact Student Legal Services for advice or representation, you must have not waived the Student Legal Services fee. 

Furniture for your Apartment:


Name Address Contact Number


929 East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Sofa & Mattress Outlet

606 East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701


961 East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Big Lots

918 East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Family Dollar

4. E. Carpenter Street

Athens, Ohio 45701


Thrift Stores/Second Hand Stores

Name Address Contact Number
Mother Earth Community
Thrift Store

5 North Shafer Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Reuse Thrift Store

100 Columbus Road

Athens, Ohio 45701

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

100 Columbus Road

Athens, Ohio 45701


743 East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

Random House

12 West State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701


Banks and Financial Institutions

  • Ohio University Credit Union
  • Chase Bank
  • Hocking Valley Bank
  • The Citizens Bank
  • Peoples Bank
  • First National Bank
  • Wes Banco Bank

* For most of the banks you will need a proof of residence letter from Housing or your apartments leasing office. Call/email to check what their requirements are for you to open an account as an International Student.

Cellphone Network Providers

The ISFS team makes available free sim cards from Mint for all new students, but you can also pick from any of these network provides.

  • Verizon
  • Sprint
  • H2O
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

Additional Important Resources

Place Address Contact Number Services Offered
Bureau of Motor Vehicles

1002 East State Street

#21, Athens, Ohio 45701

740-592-4667 State identification cards (IDs) and Driver's Licences
Athens Social Security Office

743A East State Street

Athens, Ohio 45701

877-840-7683 Social Security number if you are going to work
International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS)

15 Park Place
Athens, Ohio 45701

(Walter International Education Center)

740-593-4330 Student immigration queries

Transportation Options On Campus

There are many options to be able to travel in and around Athens. The Loops are provided by Ohio University and travel inside the campus. Athens Public Transit is provided by the city of Athens and can take you around different places in Athens such as Walmart, the hospital and several health clinics.

On Campus Bus Loops

Purple Loop
Baker 4th Floor :00 :10 :20 :30 :40 :50
Lot 53 & 54 :04 :14 :24 :34 :44 :54
McCracken :07 :17 :27 :37 :47 :57
Mem. Aud. :08 :18 :28 :38 :48 :58

Red Loop
Central Food :00 :20 :40
Innovation Cntr. :03 :23 :43
Kennedy Museum :10 :30 :50
Mailroom :12 :32 :52
Stocker Center :18 :38 :58

Blue Loop
WUSOC :00 :10 :20 :30 :40 :50
Central Food :03 :13 :23 :33 :43 :53
Grover :05 :15 :25 :35 :45 :55
Baker 4th Floor :06 :16 :26 :36 :46 :56

Late Night Loop
On call service Monday – Friday 5:30 PM – 2:00 AM & Saturday 10 PM – 2AM; 740-593-4040 Orr 740-447-8023 or look for the number on the back of your student ID
For questions, please contact the main office at 740-593-1611

Go to Transportation and Parking to check the schedules

On Campus and Around Athens:

Athens Public Transit - Lines 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Go to Athens Public Transit to check the schedules

You can locate the bus stops in Athens by looking for this logo:

Athens Public Transit

You can also track your bus using the Double Map App.

• Download it to your phone

• It tracks all of the buses in real time

To Travel Out of Athens:


  • Go to GoBus to check the schedules



Useful Facebook Groups for International Students