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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm an incoming student, when and where do I complete my housing application?

When you get your ONU username and password you can login to the housing website to being the registration process. The housing application can be found in Self-Service Banner just login and click on myHousing. Remember to complete the application completely and honestly so that we can pair you with your most compatible roommate.

Q: Can I move in early?  

A: Yes. Early arrivals must pay a $50 room set up fee, as well as $25 each day that they arrive early. If you are required to return to campus as part of a campus organization or sport, they may pay your early arrival fee for you. All requests for early arrivals must be approved by the Office of Residence Life. We reserve the right to deny early arrival requests for any reason. New Students move in Thursday, Aug. 21 at 8 a.m. Returning students may begin moving in Saturday, Aug. 23 from noon until 8 p.m. and again Sunday, Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Q: Where can I get information about meal plans?

A: Visit the Dining Services page.

Q: Am I permitted to have overnight guests in the residence halls?

A: Guests of the same gender may stay in your residence hall room provided your roommate approves and you have registered your guest with the Office of Residence Life. Please register your guest here. Visitors of the opposite gender may stay overnight only in upperclass halls and apartments (e.g., Lima Complex, Affinity Village, apartments) and only on the weekends.

Q: Where can I find the rules, polices and laws that I am required to follow as an Ohio Northern University student?

A: These are located in the Student Handbook. This handbook will answer any questions you may have about the ONU alcohol policy, quiet and courtesy hours, and pets, as well as any other questions you may have.

Q: Can I bring my car and/or a bike to campus?

A: Yes. All students are permitted to bring a vehicle to campus and required to register their vehicle by purchasing a parking permit from the Security Office. The Security Office can be reached at 419-772-2222. You may also bring a bike however they are not permitted in the residential or academic buildings. Please register your bike with campus security and bring a lock to secure it to the campus bike racks.  

Q: What is available in each building?

A: View the Amenities page for a detailed list.

Q: What are the bathrooms like?

A: The bathrooms vary depending on living environment. In the residence halls, there is a common bathroom area for the residents of a given wing. The bathrooms are designated for males or females. These bathrooms provide private showers and stalls. In the suites and apartments, there is a bathroom per each suite or apartment.

Q: Who can answer the many questions I may have when I arrive to campus?

A: There are Residence Life staff in every hallway and wing of every residence hall and in each apartment building. Click on Residence Life Staff for more details or contact our central office staff.  

Q: Is my personal property in my on-campus housing covered in case of damage or theft?

A: Your personal property is not covered by any University policies. However, most insurance companies will cover your items as part of your parents' home owners insurance. Check with your insurance company for information. 

Q: Can I live off campus?

A: Please visit the Off-Campus Housing Info page.

Q: What are the requirements for living in an Apartment on campus?

A: If you are incoming transfer student or international student you may be eligible for Apartment housing. All law students immediately qualify for Apartment housing. All incoming freshmen will be assigned housing in the first year halls not apartments. For questions about your specific circumstance Contact Us

Q:  How does the Housing Lottery work?

A: All students must live on campus for the first three years at ONU. Each year returning students are permitted to select their own roommate and both individuals are assigned a lottery number based on their credit hours and GPA. The higher the lottery number assigned, the sooner in the lottery that a person will be able to choose their housing. The first roommate to select housing in the lottery will select the rooming for both roommates. In the event of roommate living in a quad, the first to select will select housing for all four students. If four students enter the housing lottery as a group of four in hopes of getting a quad and all quads are filled, the four will divide themselves into smaller groups.

Q: Can I move off campus during the school year?

A: No, all housing agreements are valid for the entire academic year.

Q: I have a physical disability and require accommodations due to the American Disabilities Act.  How does housing work for me?

A: Please contact our office and we will assist and accommodate you. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m, you can contact us at via email or 419-772-2430.

Q: Can I get housing for only part of the year? I am going to be on pharmacy rotation, co-op, studying abroad or graduating early.  

A: Yes we have housing for you. Please email our office and we will work to meet your housing needs.  

Q:  I do not have a roommate, can I live alone?

A:  Yes we do have a limited number of single rooms and apartments available. Single rooms and apartments cost more than shared rooms and apartments. Please visit the housing profiles page to learn more about housing and cost.   

Q. What if I encounter LGBTQ issues in the halls?

A: Many LGBTQ students find that their roommate is very open and accepting. By request, we can assign you to a floor with a Resident Assistant who has a greater level of knowledge on LGBTQ issues. If your roommate is not so accepting, Residence Life staff members have been consistently helpful on LGBTQ issues. If you are having a problem with your roommate because of LGBTQ issues, your RA or Resident Director usually will be able to help find a solution. If you don’t feel comfortable going directly to your Resident Assistant or Resident Director, stop by and see the director of residence life or the Counseling Center to help you find appropriate resources.

Q: What if my roommate is annoying?