Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience


Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program

The Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program is a comprehensive Student Life initiative designed to improve the quality of off-campus life, enhance the vibrancy of the University area, and create an extraordinary off-campus experience.  Any landlord who is registered with our department and owns and/or manages property within the University District boundaries (Arcadia Ave. to 5th Ave., and Olentangy River to the railroad tracks), is eligible for the program.

The primary component of the Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program is free home walk-throughs, where representatives from Student Life and the Columbus Division of Fire will meet landlords at their properties and conduct an assessment based on the categories of safety, security and sustainability.  The home walk-through team will answer any questions, provide recommendations, and assess the property based on a checklist of criteria developed by students, parents, property owners, and university and city officials.  The full list of criteria, along with explanations, can be found on the right-hand column of this page. 

After each home walk-through, the property will receive a Buckeye Excellence Level rating and the assessment results will be available through our online housing search for 12 months from the date of the walk-through.  Information about past home visits is available through the housing search.  By focusing on safety, security and sustainability, Student Life aims to enhance the quality and amount of information available to students moving off campus.

Program Goals:

  1. Reduce off-campus risks and hazards by providing students with information and strategies that enhance personal safety and home security.
  2. Lower utility costs and raise environmental awareness by promoting sustainable living.
  3. Help students and their families make well-informed decisions about off-campus housing options.

Any Ohio State student renting or landlord that has property in the University District can request a home walk-through any time throughout the entire calendar year. If you are a student and you would like to learn more about the program and schedule your free home walk-through, visit and select the best time and date that works for you.