Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

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Welcome, New Buckeyes!

May 1, 2020

Welcome to Ohio State, Buckeyes! Student Life’s Residence Life is excited to welcome you to campus and to be a part of your Buckeye experience this upcoming year. Below you’ll find a collection of resources available to you as a resident. Find additional information about living on campus at

Housing and Residence Life Resources

Policies and Procedures 

We encourage all students to download and review the Residential Living Handbook before arriving on campus to help prepare for the transition to living in a residence hall.

The handbook is a guide to residence hall policies and provides additional campus resources and an outline of the steps taken to create a safe and secure environment in our residence halls.

Learning Communities 

At Ohio State, there are 19 Learning Communities representing a variety of majors, career goals and personal interests. Learning Communities, through partnerships with a variety of academic departments, faculty and staff, provide access to activities that tie directly into student academic success at Ohio State. 

Are you living in a Learning Community this fall? Visit our individual Learning Community pages to learn more about your future Learning Community.

Involved Living Organizations

Residence Life offers many opportunities to get involved outside the classroom! Involved Living Organizations help residents develop as leaders on campus and provides meaningful experiences during their time on campus and beyond. 

Discover more about each of the Involved Living Organizations and how you can get involved at


Peer Tutoring is available in multiple residence halls on a weekly basis when classes are in session. Tutoring is available in chemistry, math and physics and all peer tutors are upperclassmen who have demonstrated aptitude and success in math and science.

Additional information about tutoring resources can be found at

Office Assistant Positions

Residents looking for employment opportunities should consider applying to be an Office Assistant in a residence hall on campus. OAs are responsible for greeting residents and visitors as they enter and exit the building, providing high quality customer service, distributing mail and packages, sharing campus resources and creating a welcoming, inclusive front desk atmosphere. 


Frequently Asked Questions 

After taking a look through our resources, you might have additional questions about living on campus. Below you will find information about the questions we recieve most often.  

How can I stay safe while living on campus?

Your safety, and the safety of your belongings, is important to us. It is essential that you take active steps to keep yourself, your community and your belongings safe. Visit the Safety page on our website to find an outline of the measures the university has taken, as well as measures you can take, to help aid in your safety. 

In addition to your own well-being, we know that your possessions are important to you. We recommend that you consider having renters’ insurance. Learn more about the importance of renters’ insurance on our website. 

Can I ship items to campus?

Prior to your arrival, it is not recommended to have items shipped to campus, as there is not storage space available. Once you arrive on campus, you can have items shipped to your campus address.  

How do I get involved on campus?

Getting involved on campus is a fantastic way to make friends, gain leadership experience and become a part of the Buckeye community. There are many ways to get involved on campus and in the residence halls. Find resources below to help you find involvement opportunities on campus.  

When will I learn more about my housing assignment?

Housing assignments are typically sent out to students in mid-July. Once you know your assignment you can find a general floorplan and 360 view of a similar room on our website

What should I bring and what items are permitted? 

We often receive questions about what is permitted to have in the halls. You can find an outline of items already available in your room and a list of recommended items to bring with you on our website. To learn more about what items are permitted in the halls, please reference the Residential Living Handbook.  

We encourage you to bring disinfectant cleaning supplies used to clean your personal space, while also being mindful of any personal health care items you may need, such as a first aid kit, a thermometer and your preferred over-the-counter medications. 

What should I do if I need accommodations? 

In order to support you in services and programs that enable equal access to education and university life, we partner closely with Student Life Disability Services should you need accommodations.  

If you need information on Service, Assistance, Therapy and Emotional Support Animals, it can be found on page 6 of the Residential Living Handbook

Students who need other accommodations for on-campus housing should contact Toni Greenslade-Smith, Director of Housing Administration, at 614-292-8266 or

What policies are in place and where can I learn more?

Ohio State students are expected to abide by both the Code of Student Conduct, as well as the Residential Living Handbook