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Whether you are new to campus or returning for another year, moving into the Residence Halls is always a bit hectic. Be prepared by knowing when the dorms open, what to bring, where to park to unload and more.

New Students

New Ohio Dominican University Students will move in to their Residence Halls on Saturday, August 14, between 9 and noon. Fall athletes will receive information from their coaches on when to arrive. 
  • Pre-Season Athletes, Band & Other Approved Groups
    No early arrivals prior to your team/group time.

    Your name must be on an approved roster from your team/group supervisor to arrive early. The dates and times are available through your team/group leader.

    All groups of early arrivals will pick up keys in the lobby of Fitzpatrick Hall unless otherwise noted on your paperwork from your team/group leader. 
  • Move-In Day & What to Expect
    Planning Your Trip to Campus

    Traffic around Columbus should be pretty light on a Saturday morning. Check routes for accidents or other delays that might impact the route you should take.

    Move-In Times

    The move-in times are between 9 and 11 a.m. No one will be allowed to move in earlier than the set times. We are planning a special day for your move in to the residence halls and all staff will be on board to assist you in any way! IF you are a fall athlete, your coach will communicate your day and time for move in. Please contact your coach to verify that you are on the early arrival list PRIOR to the day of move in. Athletes are not permitted to move in anytime other than the day/time set by the coach and Residence Life.


    On your arrival to campus, please pull into the Black Lot which is located near the residence halls if space permits. If that lot is full, you will be asked to wait in one of the other lots until adequate space is available. We will have our Public Safety Officers on hand to assist with traffic flow. Once you have unloaded your car(s) you will be asked to move to the main lot behind the student center to allow for others to get in the Black Lot. Please move your items into your room and then you can stay and begin setting up while one of your family members moves your car for you. 

    Key Pick Up

    Check-In for all new resident students is located in the lobby of Fitzpatrick Hall. Fitz is the tallest building on campus, you can’t miss it! Come to the lobby and there will be tables set up to get your key and room history. You are responsible for the key that you pick up. Keys will only be given to the student.

    Room History 

    The room history is a form that documents the current condition of your room for move in and then is reassessed when you move out of that room. Please check your room carefully and indicate any existing damage on the form when you first check in. This is best to do prior to moving things in so you can get a good look at the furniture, walls, etc. that you will be using before they are full of items. If there is something that needs attended to immediately please contact one of the RAs (noticeable by their shirts) or come back to the check-in table and someone will be dispatched to your room as soon as possible.


    Res Life has a limited number of carts available for you to use while moving in. Once you pick up your key and room history, you will have the opportunity to check-out a cart. You will be asked for a driver’s license and a cell phone number. The license will be held until you return the cart. Please return the cart prior to setting up your room so others can use the carts. Please do not give your cart to someone else to use. 
  • In Your Room
    Room Furniture

    It is University policy that all furniture that is assigned to a room must stay with that room. ODU does not have space available to store items that you do not want in your room. Once you pick up your key and your room history, you are responsible for all furniture in that room. If something is missing or damaged, make a note of it on the room history and notify your RA on move-in day. A replacement will be ordered for your room/suite. Please do not move furniture around in the suite until all residents have arrived.


    Didn’t get the roommate you requested? There are many reasons for this. One of the main reasons that you may not be placed with your first choice of a roommate is simply because we may have not received his/her housing contract in a reasonable amount of time after we received yours. While we strive to place everyone with their first choice of room/suite and roommates/suitemates, we occasionally cannot do that.

    Room Changes

    If you didn’t get your first choice of roommate/suitemate you will be permitted to change rooms after the first few weeks of the semester. You will work with your Area Coordinator to discuss your situations and where you would like to move. For example, if you know of an open space in a suite/room and you want to move there, get in touch with your AC. 
  • ODU ID
    As a resident student, your Ohio Dominican ID card is very important. You will use your ID card for access to all of the residence halls and for all of your meals! You will want to keep this with you at all times (along with your room key.)

    IF you attended orientation during the summer AND had your photo taken for the photo ID, Res Life will have your ID available when you pick up your key and room history.

    IF you did NOT attend orientation OR did NOT have your photo taken, you will need to do this as soon as possible.

    Once you have checked-in and picked up your key, you will want to go to the Public Safety Office located in the student center. The Public Safety Office may have extended hours on move-in day but you will want to check on this prior to arriving on campus in case you need to adjust your arrival time.
  • Volunteers & RAs
    There will be a number of volunteers and Resident Assistants to assist with moving in. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet a member of Ohio Dominican faculty, staff, and returning students.

    Everyone wants to meet you and welcome you to ODU!

Returning Students

Returning ODU students will move in on Sunday, August 15. No early arrivals prior to your team/group time.
  • Pre-Season Athletes, Band & Other Approved Groups
    No early arrivals prior to your team/group time.

    Your name must be on an approved roster from your team/group supervisor to arrive early. The dates and times are available through your team/group leader.

    All groups of early arrivals will pick up keys in the lobby of Fitzpatrick Hall unless otherwise noted on your paperwork from your team/group leader. 
  • Late Move In
    Staff will be set up in the lobby of Fitzpatrick for Lynam/Sans/Fitz and Aquinas for Aquinas & Siena to greet you. Between 7 and 9 p.m., students must call the duty phone to pick up keys. After 9 p.m., students will have to move in on Monday. A limited number of carts will be available for use.
    • Sans/Fitz/Lynam duty phone: (614) 561-1835
    • Aquinas/Siena duty phone: (614) 314-8066
  • Room Assignments
    For returning students, the key you receive at move-in will be your room assignment. Room changes can be made after the first few weeks of classes by working with your Area Coordinator. 

    Aquinas/Siena residents may have been consolidated due to open spaces in your suites. If time allowed, you were sent an email to your ODU email account detailing this change.

    Lynam residents will be issued the key to the specific room within the suite that they are assigned.. Changes within the suite cannot be made without the written approval of the Lynam Area Coordinator.

General Information

  • Mailboxes and Packages
    All resident students should have their mail addressed to them using the following example: 

    Student Name
    Ohio Dominican University
    1216 Sunbury Road
    Columbus, OH 43219  

    Mail is delivered Monday - Friday to the mail center. When a piece of mail or package is received in the Mail Center, students will receive an email to their ODU email account instructing them where and when the item may be picked up.
  • Important Phone Numbers
    As you prepare to move to campus, here are several phone numbers to assist you in making the transition to campus life.         

    Office of Residence Life (614) 251-4718
    Public Safety (24 hrs. /day)  (614) 251-4700
    Wellness Center  (614) 251-4570
    Dean of Students  (614) 251-4595  
    Campus Ministry   (614) 251-4567 
    Business Office  (614) 251-4550 
    Financial Aid Office  (614) 251-4778 
    Student Information Hotline   (614) 251-4590 
    Center for Student Involvement  (614) 251-4726  
    Counseling Services  (614) 251-4570
    IT Helpdesk  (614) 251-3633
    Bookstore  (614) 251-4545 
  • Reminders
    Please make note of the following reminders
    • It is recommended that you purchase college property insurance for the contents of your room that has a low deductible and covers both accidental damage of items as well as theft or loss. Brochures will be available at move-in if you do not have a current insurance company you work with.
    • Do not put tacks or nails in the walls or doors. 
    • Furniture that is issued to your room may not be removed or stored.
    • No pets of any type are permitted in the residence halls.
    • Fire safety is always a concern. Please make sure your electrical items are UL approved and safe. Do not overload outlets or power strips. Tampering with or removing fire safety equipment will result in significant fines.
    • All smoking and vaping and other use of tobacco is strictly prohibited on campus.
    • All students must produce their ODU ID when requested by a staff member. 
    • All overnight guests must be registered with the Residence Life Office. Guest who are parking on campus must register with Public Safety.
    • Students who violate the ODU drug policy will be removed from housing
    • Additional information on all of our Residence Life Policies can be found in ODU Student Handbook