Campus Housing

Location
Columbus, OH
Undergrads
38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm involved in family housing, so with a child I must have a two bedroom apartment. This is a two story apartment with rent I can have be charged to my tuition rather than a monthly pay system!

I've been corresponding with one of the people involved in student life at the family housing, and he's been extremely helpful and is almost always available.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms can be overpriced, and if you're living in a quad things get really cramped. I lived in a double so I had no problems, but I thought some of my roommates would suffer from claustrophobia. Making friends in dorms is very easy to do.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Ohio State University is large and spacious for sure. However, while expansion and building projects have increased the size and number and number of types of buildings and services they provide, the quality has not necessarily been equal to the physical expansion of the campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Similar to dining, there's a great variety. You rank, your major, your honors status, your involvement in a learning community, all affect where you get to live. There are very new dorms in South Campus. There are more specious ones, with private baths on North. I lived in Lane Ave Res Hall which used to be a hotel and now is dorm so my experience was very unique. Most dorms are mixed boys and girls, and mine had students from freshman through senior ranks. We had a pizza place in our dorm and plenty of study space in lounges.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The student body itself makes up for what otherwise might be lacking.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 173rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 758th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1207th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1343rd
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
Electrical engineering
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There are three main housing quarters on campus: North, South, and the Towers. North Campus is considered the place for quiet living and for those who don't seek out a huge social life. South Campus dorms are a bit louder, since they house the majority of the incoming freshman class. Towers are nearly ignored because of their distance from the main campus. Most students agree that all the dorms could use some work-don't expect to be wowed by your living facilities.

The best advice is to choose an area to live in based on what type of environment you're most likely to enjoy. It really boils down to what attitude you have and what types of people you want to be around. North and the Towers tend to be less noisy and better places to study, overall. In these dorms, you get two rooms and your own bathroom, as well as air-conditioning. South Campus dorms are known throughout the University for a much more relaxed and outgoing atmosphere. Most South dorms do not have their own bathrooms, and they are generally smaller and uglier than North; you do have fewer people in each room, however. Another important thing to consider is location: most classes are held closer to North Campus, and this can mean a lot when it's below freezing outside and there's snow on the ground. All of the dorms are in sore need of updating-everything was built in the `50s and `60s, and you can tell-with the possible exception of the Towers. A final word of advice: if you have the chance, loft your bed and drop your desk. You'll see why.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
10,936
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
24%
Number of Dormitories
35
Best Dorms
  • Lincoln Tower
  • Morrill Tower
  • Park Hall
  • Smith Hall
  • Stradley Hall
Worst Dorms
Canfield
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Cable TV and phone jacks
  • Chairs
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet connection
  • Free campus and local phone calls
  • In-room voicemail
  • Lamp
  • MicroFridge
  • Window coverings
Also Available
In terms of living, there are quiet-study and substance-free floors, as well as a whole host of special-interest housing. Some include the Tiernan Project, which has a whole floor of a dorm and is dedicated to community service, ICLC (InterClass Living Center) a freshman mentor program, MIF (Music Interest Floor), CIF (Computer Interest Floor), CLC (Community Living Center) and ILC (International Living Center).
Did You Know?
  • All campus residents get free cable TV.
  • Ohio State has started its own student-run television station, BUCK-iTV, available on the campus network.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Archer House (North Campus)
Floors: 4
Bathrooms: Private, shared
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Singles and 2-person superdouble lofts
Special Features: Newly renovated rooms and common area spaces, kitchen and laundry facilities on ground floor, and wireless internet
Baker Hall East and Baker Hall West (South Campus)
Floors: 4 + basement
Number of Occupants: 328 in East, 402 in West
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and triples
Special Features: Computer lab, Buckeye Express, bike room, Baker Hall East is part of the John Glenn Institute Living-Learning program, and Baker Hall West is part of the Visual and Performing Arts Living-Learning program.
Barrett House (North Campus)
Floors: 4 + basement
Number of Occupants: 181
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads, and super doubles
Special Features: Air-conditioning, cafeteria, laundry facilities, weight/rec room, Tomorrow's Teachers and Biological Sciences Scholars programs.
Blackburn House (North Campus)
Floors: 4 + basement
Number of Occupants: 174
Bathrooms: In-room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads, and super doubles
Special Features: Air-conditioning, bike room, laundry facilities, weight/rec room, home of MUNDO Living-Learning program.
Bradley-Paterson Halls (South Campus)
Floors: 4 + basement
Number of Occupants: 350 in Bradley, 357 in Paterson
Bathrooms: Corridor, with a few exceptions
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, and quads
Special Features: Weight/rec room, connected to Siebert via basement, Honors residence hall, laundry facilities.
Buckeye Village (North Campus)
Number of Occupants: 224 one-bedroom apartments, 172 two-bedroom apartments
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Married students and students with dependent children in their custody
Room Types: One- or two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Buckeye Village is a community of Ohio State students who have families residing with them during their time at OSU.Two-bedroom apartments are available to families with children and can house up to two adults and four children. Apartments are fully furnished apartments with utilities included.
Canfield Hall (South Campus)
Floors: 4 + basement
Number of Occupants: 312
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, and quads
Special Features: Nursing and Allied Medical Professions Living-Learning programs, laundry facilities.
Drackett Tower (North Campus)
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 472
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and quads
Special Features: Kitchen and laundry facilities, weight/rec room, air-conditioning.
Fechko House (South Campus)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 17
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Part of Alumnae Scholarship Housing (ASH), works in collaboration with the Alumnae Housing Scholarship Board, two kitchens, TV lounge, laundry and dining room, study areas.
German House (South Campus)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 9
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, one double, and one triple
Special Features: Highlights German language and culture, public lounge and kitchen.
Halloran House (North Campus)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 138
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads, and super doubles
Special Features: Mount Leadership Society Living-Learning program, air-conditioning, laundry facilities.
Hanley House (South Campus)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 17
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and one triple
Special Features: Alumnae Scholarship Housing, house manager delegates chores, food manager delegates ordering food for the house, computer and TV lounge, kitchen, dining room, front porch with swing, central heating/air-conditioning, and finished basement.
Haverfield House (North Campus)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 165
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads, and super doubles
Special Features: Air-conditioning, laundry facilities.
Houck House (North Campus)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 163
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads, and super doubles
Special Features: Air-conditioning, kitchen and laundry facilities, Women in Engineering Living-Learning program.
Jones Graduate Tower (North Campus)
Floors: 13
Number of Occupants: 212
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Grad students
Room Types: Singles
Special Features: Air-conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, private bathrooms, swimming pool, kitchen, laundry facilities.
Lincoln House (West Campus)
Floors: 23
Number of Occupants: 416
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Doubles, quads
Special Features: Air-conditioning, kitchen and laundry facilities, Honors Living-Learning program.
Mack Hall (South Campus)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 417
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, and quads
Special Features: Stadium scholarship, weight/rec room, cafeteria dining hall, and convenience store.
Morrill Tower (West Campus)
Floors: 23
Number of Occupants: 1,117
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Doubles, quads
Special Features: Air-conditioning, kitchen and laundry facilities, African American and substance-free Living-Learning programs.
Morrison Tower (South Campus)
Floors: 10 + basement
Number of Occupants: 464
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and quads
Special Features: Air-conditioning, International House, Spanish Language and Culture Living-Learning program, kitchen, laundry
Neil Avenue (South Campus)
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 186
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: TV lounge, conference room, the MarketPlace is located on the first floor, laundry facilities, study areas, vending machines.
Neilwood Gables (North Campus)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 112
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Range stove, upperclassman Living-Learning program, and laundry facilities.
Norton House (North Campus)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 145
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, quads, and super doubles
Special Features: Food, Agriculture, Pre-Veterinary, and Natural Resources Living-Learning programs, air-conditioning, weight/rec room, and laundry facilities.
Nosker House (North Campus)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 642
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, quads, and super doubles
Special Features: Ford Living-Learning program, air-conditioning, laundry and kitchen facilities.
Park Hall (South Campus)
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 381
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and triples
Special Features: First-year residence hall, laundry and kitchen facilities.
Pennsylvania Place (South Campus)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 28
Bathrooms: Shared by suites
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Lounge, public kitchen, central air-conditioning.
Pomerene House (South Campus)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 18
Bathrooms: 4
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and one triple
Special Features: Part of Alumnae Scholarship Housing (ASH), house manager delegates chores, food manager delegates ordering food for the house, finished basement, computer/TV lounge, kitchen, dining room, central heating/air-conditioning.
Scholars East (South Campus)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 46
Bathrooms: 1 per 4 students
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles (singles for RAs)
Special Features: Two TV lounges, two public kitchens, laundry in building.
Scholars West (South Campus)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50
Bathrooms: 1 per 4 students
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles (singles for RAs)
Special Features: Two public kitchens, two TV lounges, laundry in house.
Scott Hall (North Campus)
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 113
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, quads, and super doubles
Special Features: Health Sciences Scholars program, computer lab, laundry facilities, and weight/rec room.
Siebert Hall (South Campus)
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 303
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and quads
Special Features: Laundry and kitchen facilities, honors Living-Learning program, study rooms.
Smith Hall (South Campus)
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 426
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and quads
Special Features: Kitchen and laundry facilities, substance-free Living-Learning program, first-year residence hall.
Steeb Hall (South Campus)
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 426
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles and quads
Special Features: First-year residence hall, kitchen and laundry facilities, weight/rec room, Engineering Focus Community.
Stradley Hall (South Campus)
Floors: 11
Number of Occupants: 642
Bathrooms: Corridor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, and quads
Special Features: Kitchen and laundry facilities, weight/rec room, first-year residence hall, Social and Behavioral Sciences Focus Community.
Taylor Tower (North Campus)
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 576
Bathrooms: Room
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Doubles, triples, and quads
Special Features: Kitchen and laundry facilities, huge lounge area.
Worthington Building (South Campus)
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 140
Bathrooms: Shared by suites
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Public lounge, community kitchen, central air-conditioning, laundry in building, study areas.

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