Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

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Living on campus offers many advantages and has been proven to enhance students' success at Ohio State.  We do our best to find the one right for you.

Campus housing is home to first-year and upperclass students.  All unmarried, full-time students within a year of high school graduation must live on campus, unless exempted, space is no longer available, or they are living with family. Advantages of on-campus housing include:

  • Convenient location to classes
  • Resident advisors are assigned to every floor to help with the transition to college and having roommates
  • Full-time professional staff live in each housing complex
  • The ability to develop lasting friendships and make lifelong memories
  • Opportunity for involvement in student life

The Office of Student Life University Housing wants every student who chooses to live in the residence halls to feel safe and comfortable.  The Ohio State University is committed to building and maintaining a diverse community to reflect human diversity and improve opportunities for all. The university is committed to equal opportunity and eliminating discrimination. Ohio State does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its programs, activities, employment, and admission.

As such, Student Life University Housing supports the academic and social success of all its residents. Within our diverse community of residence halls, University Housing affirms that one's dignity and uniqueness should be recognized and respected regardless of distinctions in identity. One of the ways we achieve this goal is by offering a wide range of on-campus housing options for undergraduate and graduate students.

Staff will not ask for any more information than is required to meet the student’s housing needs, and all disclosed information will be kept strictly confidential. In order to provide support for the needs of current and incoming LGBTQ students and others with specific needs, a gender-inclusive housing option is available.  University Housing strongly encourages potential and current residents to contact the Director of Housing Administration, Toni Greenslade-Smith, early in the housing request process to discuss housing options. Students can do this by emailing

Be sure to check out our Learning Communities section if you are interested in a special living arrangement based on academic, cultural, or lifestyle interests.  Additionally, we offer these living environments:

  • Academic-Year  (If you want to remain living in a residence hall between autumn and spring semester and over spring break, request this option.  There is an additional charge of $125 per year, and preference is given to international and out-of-state students. Includes Drackett, German House, Jones, Morrill, Morrison, Bradley, Lane Avenue, Paterson, Siebert, Neilwood Gables, Penn Place, Buckeye Village, Worthington/Neil buildings.)
  • Recovery House at Penn Place  (The Recovery House is a 28-bed residence hall.  It provides a mainstream college living experience where students in recovery from addiction can live and learn together.  The house provides a community of peers to support one another in their journey through college and recovery.
  • Substance-Free (For students who agree to abstain completely from the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco both on and off campus.  This is a special living community that promotes the development of a healthy lifestyle.)