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2020-21 Housing Update

June 3, 2020


Housing FAQs

Student Life FAQs

Quarantine and Isolation FAQs

Blackwell Housing FAQs

Housing Update - October 12, 2020

As was shared previously, Ohio State’s residence halls and apartment communities will close for winter break on Wednesday, November 25 at 6 p.m. The last week of autumn semester classes and finals will be held virtually. 

To facilitate a physically distanced move-out process, students must schedule a move-out date and time, starting on Tuesday, November 3. 

The Office of Student Life is committed to protecting our entire community, and we ask that you carefully follow the steps below:

  • Schedule your departure day and time between Thursday, November 19 – Wednesday, November 25. This will limit the number of people on campus at any one time while allowing you to collect your belongings. Please access the StarRez Check-Out Scheduler:
  • It is important to adhere to your chosen schedule. Families are asked to not enter the building and, instead, pick up their students at the scheduled time. We also ask that your move out be completed within 30 minutes of your scheduled time in order to accommodate your fellow Buckeyes. 
  • You will be permitted to leave items in your room during winter break, however, you are strongly encouraged to take your valuable items with you.
  • You are required to continue to participate in regular weekly surveillance testing to determine positivity status prior to going home for winter break.  Quarantine and isolation housing will remain available as needed.  
  • You will need to check-out at the front desk prior to leaving for winter break. 

We understand that some of you may have unique situations which require special attention. If you are unable to return to your permanent residence or an alternative housing arrangement by Wednesday, November 25 you can request an exception to stay; approvals will only be granted for those with extenuating circumstances.  You can access the Housing Exception Request here:

If you have questions or need help with this process, please contact We wish everyone a safe and healthy next few weeks. 

Quarantine Housing Update - July 31, 2020

Based upon guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a travel advisory from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, The Ohio State University will require students traveling to Ohio from impacted locations to quarantine for 14 days in their residence hall room upon arrival to campus. This includes students traveling to campus from an international departure and those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19. For more information on the State of Ohio’s travel advisory, please visit the Ohio Department of Health website. For more information on the CDC guidance on international travel, please visit the CDC website.  

The list of states is updated every week on Wednesday with changes based on a seven-day rolling average of positivity rates. Impacted states are likely to change before move-in. To best manage the evolving list and to promote a safe and healthy living environment, students will be allowed to move into and quarantine in their permanent residence hall assignment. 

Students from these states are encouraged to arrive early if possible, beginning August 8, to complete their quarantine prior to the beginning of the autumn semester. If it is not possible to arrive early, students may request accommodations on the Student Life Disability Services website for their courses while completing quarantine.  

If your state is on the list at the time of your move-in or you are traveling from any international location, you will be asked to quarantine in your room and restrict your movements at the time of your arrival.  

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Housing Update - June 26, 2020

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to identify housing assignments while honoring our commitment to promote physical distancing by reducing population density in the residence halls. As we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation is ever-evolving and impacts our decisions and intended timelines. We understand and appreciate that returning students are eager to receive their projected assignment information, and we are working hard to make final determinations. We ask for your continued patience as plans are being finalized. We will provide updates on this website as more information is available.  

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at or 614-292-8266.   

Housing Update - June 19, 2020    

We are excited to welcome our Buckeyes, new and returning, to campus this fall! As we have previously shared, The Ohio State University will reduce population density in residence halls for the 2020-21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you will find additional information about housing and dining services.  

Also, as you’re aware, the university has announced broader plans for the return to fall. Stay tuned for the launch of a safe and healthy Ohio State website. Together as Buckeyes, we’re committed to navigating this academic year and doing all we can to keep one another safe.    

Given the impacts of COVID-19, The Ohio State University temporarily expanded the housing exemption criteria for returning second-year students for the 2020-21 academic year. Second-year students can request an exemption to not reside on campus by emailing

Preliminary housing assignments for returning students (e.g., second-year, third-year, fourth-year students) will be emailed to their Ohio State email address by the end of next week. Final assignments and roommate information will be available in mid-July. Incoming first-year students will receive housing and roommate assignments in mid-July.  

Move-In Process

The student Move-In process will occur over a period of 12 days leading up to the first day of autumn semester. Residence hall openings will be staggered over this period. Students will schedule a move-in date and time to ensure a limited number of students move onto each floor of each building at a time (a maximum of eight per building per one-hour period), with the goal of facilitating physical distancing throughout the entire Move-In process. We will also limit move-in times for buildings in close proximity to each other to facilitate physical distancing and better manage traffic flow. Scheduled move-in time blocks will occur from August 12 to August 23, although not all buildings will be available for move-in on each of these dates. 

  • Students are asked limit the number of people assisting them with Move-In to 1-2 people. Students and those helping them move will be asked to wear face masks, unless not advisable for health reasons, as well as perform temperature and COVID-19 symptom self-assessments before arriving on campus.  As we learn more about COVID-19, these guidelines and expectations may be adjusted. 
  • Moving carts will be provided to students to assist with Move-In; staff will sanitize carts after each use.   
  • A limited number of Move-In volunteers will be on-site to direct traffic and answer questions but will not assist students with moving belongings.   
  • For out of state students who feel they must make airline reservations prior to the July building assignment notification, we strongly urge arriving no earlier than August 17.    

 Living expectations    

  • All students will be encouraged to work together as Buckeyes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, following all federal, state and local guidelines. Residents will be expected to follow additional expectations and guidelines for housing outlined by the university.  
  • Face masks are required in all common areas, such as lobbies, study spaces, laundry facilities, etc. Face masks are also required if students are gathering or socializing in rooms.
  • The number of individuals congregating in a residential room should be limited to facilitate physical distancing.   
  • Handwashing: Students are encouraged to maintain good hygiene, including washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting a public place, using the restroom, blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or touching their face. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol should be used.  
  • Student access to residence halls via BuckID will be limited to their own residence communities.  
  • The number of individuals congregating in a residential room should be limited to facilitate physical distancing.
  • For the health and safety of our university community, visitors (anyone living outside of a student’s specific residential community) will not be permitted after student move-in.  Overnight guests are also prohibited.
  • Programming will continue to be provided to residents as a hallmark of the residential experience. Virtual connection tools will be used to facilitate programming when possible, or small groups will convene to promote physical distancing.    

Reusable or shared items: Reusable or shared items, such as most kitchen supplies, board games, sports equipment, etc. will be removed from the front desk.  Some small kitchen appliances and vacuums will be available for sign-out. Cleaning supplies will be provided, along with appropriate cleaning instructions (e.g., kitchen equipment). Residents will be messaged prior to arrival about shared items.    

Laundry rooms: Students should maintain physical distancing and wear face masks while using laundry facilities. Students should launder items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for items and dry items completely. Students should clean and disinfect clothes hampers and baskets according to guidance from the CDC. Students should take clothes back to their room to fold. Proper hand hygiene sanitation should always be followed.    

Isolation and Quarantine Housing

Isolation and quarantine refers to (as defined by the CDC):  

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease (COVID-19) from those who are not sick.     
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease (COVID-19) to see if they become sick.    

Isolation and quarantine housing will be provided for students with Ohio State housing contracts as an option if students do not elect to or cannot return home to their permanent residence. Students will be moved to living spaces specifically for isolation or quarantine, respectively. Students will be moved for the safety of themselves and others to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.   

  • To reduce the spread of the virus and for the safety of the university community, no visitors will be allowed for students in quarantine and isolation housing.  
  •  Meals will be provided to students in isolation and quarantine housing and will be delivered to the student’s location.  
  • Students will be provided additional information and further instructions upon arrival to quarantine or isolation housing, including a point of contact for questions.    
  • Students will remain in quarantine and isolation housing per guidance from public health officials.  

For questions about housing, email