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.

  • Face masks are required in all common areas, such as lobbies, study spaces, laundry facilities, etc. Face masks are also required if students are gathering or socializing in rooms. The number of individuals congregating in a residential room should be limited to facilitate physical distancing.
  • 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.

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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.