Dining and Living on Campus

Dining on campus

Dining Services follows federal, state and local guidance regarding health and safety while continuing to provide food diversity and balanced nutrition across the university.

The following changes have been made to operations:

  • Mobile ordering and pick-up are encouraged. There is limited availability of other ordering methods, including ordering at kiosks. Traditional all-you-care-to-eat dining locations operate as pre-order, pick-up locations.

  • Limited seats are available on a first-come first-served basis. Tables and chairs are cleaned and sanitized after each use.

  • Guests are asked to enter the dining locations for order pick-up after they receive notifications indicating that the order is ready, rather than waiting within the facility. Staff will manage guest flow during peak hours.

  • Self-serve salad bars and condiment/flatware stands are not available. Condiments, flatware and other items are provided as a part of the mobile ordering process. Guests must follow staff instructions regarding beverage service.

  • Reusable containers are not being utilized or permitted.

  • Chilled meal packages are being offered for reheating in residence hall rooms. Meal packages can be pre-ordered for pick-up at select Dining Services locations.  

Options for students with food restrictions continue to be provided across all locations. Students with specific dietary needs should contact dining@osu.edu for additional assistance.

More information is available at dining.osu.edu.

Frequently asked questions

Visit the Student Life website for FAQs and additional information about how the university will work to ensure the health and safety of campus communities while providing food diversity and balanced nutrition.

Living on campus

The university has reduced population density in residence halls for the 2020-21 academic year to help maintain appropriate physical distancing.

Expectations for those in residence halls

In addition to the protective practices required for everyone on campus, residents will follow additional expectations and guidelines for housing outlined by the university.

  • Students are encouraged to maintain good hygiene, including washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after visiting a public place, using the restroom, blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or touching their face. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol should be used.
  • For the health and safety of our university community, visitors (anyone living outside of a student’s specific residential community) will not be permitted after student move-in. Overnight guests are also prohibited.
  • Programming will continue to be provided to residents as a hallmark of the residential experience. Virtual connection tools will be used to facilitate programming when possible, or small groups will convene to promote physical distancing.

Additional details are available on housing.osu.edu.

Frequently asked questions

As Ohio State works to ensure a safe and healthy return to our campuses, additional information and FAQs related to student housing, move-in, disability services, facilities and more can be found on the Student Life website.


Please reference this website for the most up-to-date guidelines. The university’s COVID-19 Transition Task Force’s Safe Campus and Scientific Advisory Subgroup will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.