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Incoming Students

We can help you make Otterbein your new home.

You’re moving away from home for the first time, and everything can seem overwhelming. Don’t worry, we’re here to guide you through the housing process.

Important Housing Dates for 2018-2019

  • May 15: Housing Request Form, Room & Board Agreement and Address Information Form due
  • Late July: Housing & Roommate Assignment information emailed via Otterbein email 
  • August 15: New Student Move-In
  • November 21-25: Dining Hall closed for Thanksgiving Break 
  • December 7: Residence Halls Close for winter break at 6 p.m.
  • January 6: Residence Halls Re-Open for spring semester at Noon
  • April 26: Residence Halls Close for summer break at 6 p.m.

Living Learning Communities

We will offer three (3) Living Learning Communities (LLCs) in 2018-2019; Leadership, Radical Creativity and Sports in Society. LLCs pair your First Year Seminar (FYS) with living together, so you live with your FYS classmates. A number of out-of-class and special activities are being planned for the LLCs, including an early move-in time. Learn more and apply here.

Themed Communities

We will offer four (4) Themed Communities in 2018-2019; Honors, STEM, Arts Appreciation & Open Space. Themed Communities allow students with special interests to live together, but do not require participation in a certain course. Students in Honors will reside in Mayne Hall and will be invited to participate through their academic department/Honors department. Students interested in STEM will live in Mayne Hall. Arts Appreciation and Open Space will live in Dunlap-King Hall. More information is available here.

All Gender Restrooms

An all gender restroom is a restroom open to all persons. The all gender restrooms on Otterbein’s campus are private, locking, and available for use to all persons. These restrooms include one toilet, one sink and the door to the bathroom locks. (The all-gender restrooms are separate and different from the community style bathrooms in the traditional residence halls). Please click here  for a complete list of all gender restrooms in the residence halls and academic buildings. Check out the all gender restroom signs Otterbein University received free from http://www.mydoorsign.com/all-gender-restroom-signs.

Traditional Residence Halls


Learn about our Traditional Style Residence Halls.

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Meal Plan Options

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Choose the plan that's right for you.

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Room Assignments & Roommates

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Learn how roommates are assigned and more.

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Tips for First Year Students

How to make the most of your first year at Otterbein.

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/ Office of Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life is located in the back of Hanby Hall on Cochran Alley.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p/ 614.823.1250
e/ reslife@otterbein.edu

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