Your Neighborhood + U

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services is here to support off-campus who live in the University District, or within walking distance to campus. We can help off-campus students build stronger community in their neighborhood and get the resources they need when living in the off-campus area.

Below, we have outlined everything you should know when starting to your off-campus experience here at Ohio State. 

Living in Columbus

While living in the University District, you aren’t just part of the Off-Campus community, but also the Ohio State community and the city of Columbus! As an Ohio State student, go out and discover Columbus, make it your home and take advantage of living in the heart of such a vibrant city. Check out delicious restaurants, see independent movies and Gateway Film Center, grab a drink at coffee shops, or ride your bike through scenic bike trails. Also, when living on your own, it is important to know city and university resources that you can use whenever you need.

Community Events

The Community Ambassador program works to build community in the off-campus area by hosting several events and encouraging off-campus students to socialize and meet their neighbors. It is the belief of the Community Ambassador program that a stronger sense of community breeds pride and respect - something that consequently makes the off-campus community a better place to visit and live for everyone.

Your Community Ambassadors

Community Ambassadors are Ohio State students who live in the off-campus University District, directly interacting with residents to enhance the extraordinary student experience. Community Ambassadors can talk with you about moving off-campus, how to make a positive contribution to your neighborhood, and more! Community Ambassadors help students build community with the following:

  • Off-Campus Monthly Newsletter
  • Your Neighborhood Events and Initiatives

Frequently Asked Questions

Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services receives a great deal of questions from students and parents on everything related to the off-campus community. From how we build community, to resources available and beyond, we have gathered the most common questions we receive into one location!

If you find that we don’t have a direct answer there, contact us!