Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program

The Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program, temporarily on pause due to COVID-19 related guidelines, is a comprehensive Student Life initiative designed to improve the quality of off-campus life, enhance the vibrancy of the University District, and create an extraordinary off-campus experience. The program is currently offered for properties within the University District boundaries (N: Arcadia Ave., S: 5th Ave., W: Olentangy River, E: railroad tracks).

The Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program was created in collaboration with students, parents, property owners/managers, and city and University officials to address the unique needs and interests of the off-campus community.  The program is voluntary and both students and property owners/managers can participate. 

Please Note: The Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program has been paused indefinitely.  As soon as further information is available, we will update this page.

Home Walk-Throughs

*Due to COVID-19 closures, home-walkthroughs are currently unavailable. We are currently offering online safety, security, and sustainablity consultations. For more information contact us at

Any Ohio State student renting property in the University District can request a free home walk-through. This program is perfect for students who want to enhance the safety, security, and sustainability of their homes. Participation is free and voluntary. During each home walk-through, Student Life and Columbus Division of Fire representatives will:

  • Assess the property’s safety, security, and sustainability
  • Provide free safety devices and educational materials from university and city partners
  • Discuss proactive safety and security strategies
  • Provide recommendations based on assessment criteria, available on the documents bar on the right side of this page.

Enhanced rental property information

The rental listings of landlords that participate in the Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program will be accompanied by a Buckeye Excellence Level and the results of the comprehensive Off-Campus Housing Excellence Program checklist. Each rental unit that has completed a home walk-through can receive up to 5 buckeyes for safety and security, and 1 green buckeye for sustainability.

Excellence Program Participants

Thank you to our participants for their commitment to safety, security, and sustainability! Below are the registered property owners who completed home walk-throughs in the 2019-2020 academic year:


1370 Forsythe Ave.

Andrew Klein

Anthony and Kimberly Properties, LLC

Arch City Properties

Brehm Builders, Inc.

Buckeye Real Estate

Bungalows, LLC

Campus Area Properties

GPD Properties

Harrison Apartments

Heller and Associates

Galbreath Properties

Kohr Royer Griffith Inc.

Landis Properties, Ltd. 

OSU Properties, George Kanellopoulos

Pella Company

Venice Properties