Moving In – What You Need to Know

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.

Please check your Ohio Dominican email for specific information regarding moving on to campus. General information is listed below.

Move-In Dates

Saturday, Aug. 10

All new residential students, who are not a part of an early arrival group, should plan to arrive on campus between 8 and 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10.

After you're all settled, join us for our Convocation Celebration as we officially welcome you into the ODU community!

Convocation Celebration events on Saturday include:

  • Convocation at 11 a.m. in front of Erskine Hall on the Oval
  • Picnic-style lunch at noon on the Oval.

Need to find your way around? Download a campus map here.

Saturday, Aug. 10 or Sunday, Aug. 11

All returning students, who are not part of an early arrival group, are welcome to move in between 8 and 11 a.m., on either Saturday, Aug. 10, or Sunday, Aug. 11.

If you are approved to move in before Aug. 10, you will have specific instructions sent to you via email. If you are moving in early without a university sponsor (i.e. sports team), you will be charged a daily rate of $20/day. 

Thursday, Aug. 1 or Tuesday, Aug. 6

Early move-in dates for Fall 2024 have been set for the following early-arrival groups.

  • Thursday, Aug. 1 – Football
  • Tuesday, Aug. 6 – Women's Soccer, Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, Men's Cross Country and Women's Cross Country, Cheerleading

We will update this list as additional groups finalize plans.

Photo of a student and family unloading a car on move-in day, assisted by ResLife staff.

General Information

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.

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 

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

Have a question? Contact us!

Residence Life Office
Ohio Dominican University
Erskine Hall, Room 145
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, Ohio 43219
 (614) 251-4718