Greetings from the Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University!

Over the next few months we will send you weekly emails  to help you plan for your arrival to Ohio State.  In the meantime, please explore our  website , and you are always welcome to email us at .
Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to meeting you this fall!
Register for Immigration Check-In 
The Office of International Affairs encourages all students to arrive 2 - 3 weeks before the start of classes on Tuesday, August 22. 

Students who arrive early will have better course availability, more time to explore Columbus and more opportunities to meet other students.

Review the orientation and immigration check-in schedule to determine when you should arrive on campus. Remember that your orientation session is determined by your check-in date.  

Undergraduate Student Orientation
  • Immigration check-in on July 31 -  August 4, attend orientation #1 - August 7 - 9
  • Immigration check-in on August 7 - 8, attend orientation #2 - August 9 - 11
  • Immigration check-in on August 9 - 11, attend orientation #3 - August 14 - 16
  • Immigration check-in on August 14 - 15, attend orientation #4 - August 16 - 18
Immigration check-in registration will be available starting June 1. If you have any questions, please contact
Living in University Housing 
On-campus housing will be available for freshman.  Limited housing will be available for upperclassmen as well as transfer students. Move-in day is Saturday, August 19, 2017.
We strongly encourage students who want on-campus housing to apply as early as possible and complete a housing contract. The availability of spaces is quite limited. Most rooms for new students house more than two people. The cost of housing varies by the type of room and the meal plan chosen.
Before you sign a contract to live on campus, read the contract thoroughly and decide if you want on-campus housing. The housing contract is for the length of the academic year. If you break your contract, you will be assigned a buy-out fee for each semester that is remaining on your contract. 

Note: The deadline to cancel a housing contract i
June 1, 2017. After that date, if you have signed or will sign a housing contract and want to cancel your reservation for the 2017-2018 academic year, you will be assessed a charge for early contract termination.

International students are encouraged to consider on-campus options such as the Engineering Learning Community and the International House. The 
International House  (I-House) program may be of particular interest to those undergraduate international students who are looking to live with both American and fellow international students. Living in the I-House gives students opportunities to share their own cultures as well as opportunities to learn about other cultures.
University Housing can be contacted at their email address, and by phone at (614) 292-8266.
Temporary Housing Options 
Fairfield Inn & Suites If you arrive to campus before early arrival housing is available, or if you do not plan on signing a housing contract, there are temporary options to use while you search for permanent housing.

Students with Ohio State Housing Contracts

University Housing offers temporary or "early arrival" housing only to students with signed contracts; students who pursue this option will move into their autumn room assignments. The cost for temporary housing is $35 per day. Students who need temporary housing should contact 
University Housing directly. Students who arrive early will be charged until the official contract begins on move-in day, Saturday, August 19, 2017. Instructions on how to make a reservation for temporary housing and pay in advance will be emailed to students' Ohio State's email accounts as part of their housing assignment email. *Please note that housing is near full capacity and the number of spaces available for students during the break/early move-in is very low. 

Students without Ohio State Housing Contracts

On-campus temporary housing is not available to students without contracts with University Housing. You may be able to find temporary housing at a local hotel or motel, or through some of the Ohio State's international student organizations. Please refer to 
Temporary Housing for more information.
Information about reduced rates at Fairfield Inn & Suites will be forthcoming.
Off-Campus Living 
Off Campus If you are interested in living off-campus, we recommend you start your search with Off-campus and Commuter Student Services. This website maintains an online housing search with information on accommodations both within walking distance and driving distance to campus.

Student Legal Services (SLS) is a team of legal professionals providing legal services to Ohio State students. Eligible students pay an annual participation fee for the SLS legal services plan. SLS's scope of services includes Landlord-Tenant disputes.

Before you sign a lease to live off-campus, you should get your lease reviewed by SLS. If legal issues arise when you're moving and living off-campus, you can meet with SLS staff to discuss your legal rights and options. Students are strongly urged to pay this annual fee in order to utilize the great services the Student Legal Services provides.

To reach 
Off-campus and Commuter Student Services, call 614-292-0100 or email
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Global Engagement students 2016 To stay updated on new events throughout the year, follow the Office of International Affairs and the Global Engagement Facebook pages.

You should also join the New Ohio State International Students - Autumn 2017 Facebook group using your Ohio State email. The group will post about events happening during orientation, and you can meet and chat with your fellow new Buckeyes! 
Looking for More Information? 
Visit our website to review information from previous emails and/or answers to frequently asked questions. If you don't find what you're looking for, contact

Global Engagement
Office of International Affairs Facebook
Ohio State International Affairs Twitter
OSUGlobal Instagram

We are looking forward to seeing you here in Columbus! Please allow us to join the other offices on campus in congratulating you on your acceptance to The Ohio State University.

Kind regards,

The Office of International Affairs

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