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Residence Life

Make our campus your new home.

College isn’t all fun and games—you have to study and sleep, too! So why not do it on campus? Some people say it’s “convenient” to live on campus, but all we know is that you can sleep in a little longer when it’s a short walk to your classes. If that’s not reason enough, read on for more good reasons!

All residence hall rooms accommodate 1-4 people and have both wired and wireless internet and phone connections. Every hall has at least one lounge area and on-site laundry facility.

A student's housing agreement is in effect for the academic year (fall & spring semesters). The housing agreement does not provide accommodations during winter or summer breaks (this includes Cardinal, May term and summer). During winter break, students may keep their belongings in their room as long as they are returning to the room for spring semester. To find the current cost for housing options, please visit the Business Office website.

Otterbein has the following types of accommodations for students:

Traditional Residence halls
The majority of our residence hall rooms are traditional style halls with double bedrooms and shared bathrooms on the floor or wing. All new, first year students are assigned to traditional residence halls with roommates. Traditional halls are also open to sophomores, juniors and seniors during room selection which occurs during the Spring semester. A limited number of single and triple rooms are available in select residence halls. 

Suite-style Residence Halls
Suite-style halls feature two double bedrooms connected through a bathroom. During spring room selection, rising seniors, juniors and sophomores are able to select spaces in the suite-style halls with their choice of roommates. A limited number of singles with their own bathroom and doubles with their own private bathroom are available in our two suite-style halls. 

The Commons Apartments
Rising junior and senior students may apply to live in these fully furnished apartments with 1 and 1/2 bathrooms and 2 to 4 bedrooms. The majority of apartments have four single bedrooms and are available for the academic year and preceding summer term.

Theme Houses
Returning students may apply to live in these residential houses for students who wish to promote their specific theme to the campus community. Each of the five theme houses hold 4-5 students in double and single bedrooms. 

Find out more about Otterbein's residence halls with our Virtual Tour or by visiting "Residence Halls & Theme Houses".

Break Housing
Students may request to stay on campus during break periods by selecting a room in our "continuous housing" hall (Garst Hall for 2016-2017) during spring room selection or by indicating this preference on their housing request form. If assigned to this hall, students may continue to reside in their room during all break periods and summer for an additional daily fee. Students living in other buildings who need break housing may find a space in one of the break housing buildings or Garst Hall. More information about break housing options, including summer housing options, will be made available closer to each break. 

To find the current cost for break housing, please visit the Business Office website.

/ 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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