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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm a new incoming student. When and where do I complete my housing application?

A: When you get your ONU username and password, you can log in to Self-Service Banner and use My Housing to register. All housing applications are due by June 30. A complete guide to using My Housing can be found here.

Q: Can I move in early?  

A: Yes. Early arrivals must pay a $50 room setup fee, as well as $30 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. 22 at 8 a.m. Returning students may begin moving in Saturday, Aug. 24, at noon and again Sunday, Aug. 25 at 8 a.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. Visitors of the opposite gender may stay overnight only in upperclassmen halls and apartments (e.g., Lima Complex, Affinity Village, apartments) and only on the weekends. You are responsible for the behavior of your guest while on campus.

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 Office of Public Safety. Public Safety 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 Public Safety 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 any 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: No, 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 or purchase renter's insurance.

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 an 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 their 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 a person will be able to choose their housing. The first roommate to select housing in the lottery will select the room for both roommates. In the event of roommates 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.  For more information check out our page for the housing lottery.

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 to Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m, you can contact us via email or at 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 my roommate is a lot different than I am?

A: One of the most important things students learn in college is how to get along with people, including people different than themselves. There is no magic formula that guarantees any two people will enjoy living together. Ultimately, it comes down to the attitude each resident has and their willingness to grow, compromise and connect with another person. Ohio Northern University believes that diversity makes our campus and our community stronger and that diversity is a key component of a higher education environment. If you are uncomfortable with someone's race, religion, orientation, gender, political opinions or other components of their personhood, you should speak with your RA or one of our professional staff. They can assist you in working through this new transition of living with a new person. ONU does not tolerate discrimination, hazing or intimidating behavior by student, staff or faculty.


A: Yes, ONU is supportive of all students. Currently, 66 percent of our student housing has private bathrooms and floors that allow for mixed-gender rooms, meaning that the gender specification of a room is not contingent on the floor being all one gender. We currently do not allow male and female students to live together unless they are married. If you have concerns about your on-campus living, please contact our office and we will assist you on a case-by-case basis.


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