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Off Campus Housing​

​​Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus And Commuter Student Services (OCCSS) is The Ohio State University's central resource for off-campus housing and off-campus living information and education.  OCCSS provides direct customer support online and in-person and engages students, parents, landlords, permanent residents, businesses, city officials, and university personnel to better serve the unique needs of our diverse community.

OCCSS serves as a primary contact point for students in need of off-campus housing information and assistance. OCCSS maintains an Online Housing Search and Roommate Search on for the University's Columbus and regional campus communities..  

Aside from information pro​​​​vided online at, the department and its student employees assist students, parents, and the off-campus community through in-person office visits, phone calls, and emails by providing timely and thorough information regarding off-campus housing and living.

OCCSS is committed to student safety on and off campus.  With the support of University area landlords and Undergraduate Student Government, OCCSS distributes window/door alarms and safety timers to students at no cost.  In addition, through the Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program​, OCCSS partners with the Columbus Fire Department, providing free home-visits to assess the safety, security, and sustainability of off-campus properties as well as to provide in-home education.  Students may schedule a free home-visit at their convenience Monday through Friday; a home-visit is easy and convenient, typically taking no longer than 20 minutes.     

OCCSS's programs and resources ease the transition to off-campus living.  OCCSS creates and distributes 15,000 print copies of the Off-Campus Living Guide to University students across campus, and provides a digital copy online at  The Off-Campus Living Guide is a comprehensive publication that covers off-campus living and resources available to students.  The Guide is a valuable tool students can refer to throughout their off-campus experience.

OCCSS delivers housing, living, and safety workshops on-campus throughout the academic year through the First-Year Success Series and Second-Year Transformational Experience Program, in addition to workshops requested by residence halls, staff, faculty, and student groups.  OCCSS's workshops focus on moving off-campus and safety on- and off-campus.  The workshops are designed to provide essential life skills education.

OCCSS also offers an off-campus roommate search with a filter specifically for military and veteran students. ​You can find more information regarding the resources that OCCSS provides to military and vetearn students by visiting this page​

OCCSS's mission is to improve the quality of off-campus life, enhance the vibrancy of the University area, and create an extraordinary off-campus experience.  Regardless of where students choose to live, OCCSS works hard to keep students safe, engaged, and informed.  ​Please call 614-292-0100 with any questions