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Off-Campus, Non-University Housing

Student Request for Off-Campus Housing

In accordance with the University Housing Policy (as stated in the Student Handbook, pages 36-37) at least one of the following criteria must be met in order for a review of student eligibility to move out of the residence halls, for the next academic year.  This review for off-campus housing takes place during the academic year prior to the requested year off, as all housing agreements are for a full-academic year.  

Any student that is applying for living off campus, and believes they meet eligibility requirements, should not secure on campus housing during the coming spring housing lottery, as they will be responsible for the housing agreement for the full academic year:

  • Three years (6 semesters) in the residence halls or apartments
  • 23 years-of-age
  • The Student will be commuting daily from the permanent home address of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 30-mile driving distance of ONU; Please note that the Office of Residence Life considers the permanent home address of the Student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to be the address of record on file with federal, state and local tax agencies and where a minimum of one of the Student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) reside.  This is the information that is on file through our Financial Aid, and Admissions Offices.
  • Proof of an undergraduate degree
  • Proof of having served in the armed forces and qualified for veterans' benefits
  • Proof of marriage and proof that student is residing with spouse within a 30-mile driving distance of ONU

If you do not qualify for any of the above criteria, you are NOT eligible to live off campus.  

Please print, complete and submit the Office Campus Housing Form for review, verification and approval process to the Residence Life Office. If you have any questions please email Anissa Jenkins at  ALL OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING FORMS ARE DUE TO THE OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE BY FEB. 28, 2018.  Forms turned in after Feb. 28, will incur a $50 late fine on to your student account.

In addition to completing the Off-Campus Housing Form, all students leaving ONU housing to live off campus must attend one Good Neighbor Meeting. The Good Neighbor Meetings are a collaborative effort by the Village of Ada and ONU and include presentations by the chief of the Ada Police and the Ada mayor, as well as presentations from Financial Aid, Student Conduct, Residence Life. The Good Neighbor Meetings are held in the McIntosh Ballroom are scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursday, March 22, at noon.  If you attended a Good Neighbor Meeting in a previous school year, you do not need to attend again.  

When deciding to live on campus or off campus, it is important to be informed.  This great resource will help you understand the pros and cons of living off campus.  

Freshmen Commuting Students

ALL INCOMING FRESHMEN WHO WISH TO COMMUTE MUST TURN IN A FORM BY JUNE 29.  All forms recieved later than June will incure a $50 late-processing fee, and could result in not being approved for off campus communiting.

You will be notified by email regarding your status. You can view your status by going to Self Service Banner. 

Off-Campus Housing Options

ONU has provided a search tool through College Campus Connection in order to serve students looking for off-campus housing in the Ada area. All landlords listed have signed the non-discriminatory housing policy as required by the federal government. Other arrangements are between the landlord and the tenant. Please note: ONU has not inspected the listings on this site. Listing apartments does not constitute endorsement. Please inspect an apartment before signing a lease.

College Campus Connection link for students

Link for Landlords

Landlords in Ada can post their listings to be visible by area college students searching for off-campus housing. To do so, please log in with the link below (not affiliated with Ohio Northern University).

College Campus Connection link for landlords


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Residence Life

McIntosh Center
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed