Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life

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How to Apply - Incoming Freshman (2024 High School grads)

Fall 2024:

Beginning in mid-March Student Life Housing and Residence Education will email students each week based on the date they paid their Acceptance Fee to the University.  Students will receive an e-mail sent to their Ohio State email account with details on how to apply for campus housing.  Students will be able to access their contract online; it is important to fully read the Terms and Conditions of your housing contract, as it is a legally binding document that remains in effect for the entire term of the contract:

    For 2024 High School grads- the term of the contract is 2024-2025 Academic Year (8/17/24-4/30/2025) and 2025-2026 Academic Year (8/23/25-4/29/2026)**

    For 2023 High School grads- the term of the contract is 2024-2025 Academic Year (8/17/24-4/30/25)**

** Housing is not guaranteed beyond the end of the contract term

  The online contract process includes the following:

  • Sign the Residence Hall Contract
  • Select a dining plan (all residential students are required to have a dining plan)
  • Indicate preferences for area of campus and housing rate, visitation patterns and living-learning community requests
  • Share a little bit about personal habits - if you have a health concern or disability that requires special assignment, please work with Student Life Disability Services
  • Provide vaccination information
  • Pay filing and space reservation fees (If under the age of 18, the signature page will need to be printed, signed and returned with the payment for the filing fee and space reservation fee.)

The contracts are typically due two weeks after the email is sent to you. A confirmation of receipt will be sent to your Ohio State e-mail address. Typically, assignment information will be sent around mid-July.

Spring 2025:

Beginning in late October Student Life Housing and Residence Education will email students each week based on the date they paid their Acceptance Fee to the University.  Students will receive an e-mail sent to their OSU email accounts with details on how to apply for campus housing.  Students will be able to access their contract online; it is important to fully read the Terms and Conditions of your housing contract, as it is a legally binding document that remains in effect for the entire term of the contract:

     For 2024 High School grads- the term of the contract is 2024-2025 Academic Year (1/11/25-4/30/2025) and 2025-2026 Academic Year (8/23/25-4/29/2026)**

    For 2023 High School grads- the term of the contract is 2024-2025 Academic Year (1/11/25-4/30/25) **

** Housing is not guaranteed beyond the end of the contract term

  The online contract process includes the following:

  • Sign the Residence Hall Contract
  • Select a dining plan (all residential students are required to have a dining plan)
  • Indicate preferences for area of campus and housing rate, visitation patterns and living-learning community requests
  • Share a little bit about personal habits - if you have a health concern or disability that requires special assignment, please work with Student Life Disabiltiy Services
  • Provide vaccination information
  • Pay filing and space reservation fees (If under the age of 18, the signature page will need to be printed, signed and returned with the payment for the filing fee and space reservation fee.)

The contracts are typically due two weeks after the email is sent to you. A confirmation of receipt will be sent to your Ohio State e-mail address. Typically, assignment information will be sent around late-December.