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 offcampus.osu.edu for the University's Columbus and regional campus communities..
Aside from information provided online at offcampus.osu.edu, 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 offcampus.osu.edu. 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