Student Life

Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio. A classic college town, in southwest Ohio, approximately one hour from both Cincinnati and Dayton, and two hours from Columbus.  Living in Oxford and being a part of the Miami University community will give you access to a number of exciting opportunities such as weekly farmer's market, summer concerts, performing arts, sports, museums, lectures, and special events. 

Housing Resources

Most graduate students live off campus. Some graduate students can apply to live in an undergraduate residence hall as a Graduate Resident Director. There are several off-campus apartment locations for students to live in, however, be mindful that there are certain areas within the Oxford community that houses more undergraduate student populations that may not be preferred among the graduate student population. Miami University now utilizes an Off-Campus Housing tool to help make your apartment search easier. 

Groups and Associations

Student organizations are a pivotal component of the Miami University education and experience. With over 300 on campus student organizations available ranging from social and service organizations to athletic clubs, opportunities for involvement are endless. Utilize the Miami University HUB organization directory in order to find the organization(s) that best align with your interests.

Below are five of the graduate student-specific associations on campus.  

The Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) promotes the academic, social and economic goals of Miami University's graduate students. GSA ensures that graduate students' needs are met by preserving and representing the rights and interests of all graduate students at Miami University. The GSA is a community of graduate students helping to make Miami University a great place to work, study, and live. The GSA meets monthly and encourages all graduate programs to have representatives attend meetings. You can follow the GSA on Facebook at Miami University Graduate Student Association. For additional information about the Graduate Student Association, email GSAgrad@miamioh.edu and add GSAgrad@miamioh.edu to your google calendar to learn about GSA events!

The Graduate Students of Color Association (GSCA)

The Graduate Students of Color Association (GSCA) functions to enhance the campus life by providing academic, political, social and cultural support to all diverse graduate students at Miami University.  The GSA endorses quality and equity in education for all students and supports academic excellence, as well as safe, enriching spaces that promote political awareness toward issues that affect graduate students of color. Find the GSCA on Facebook at Graduate Students of Color Association @ Miami University.

The Latin American Graduate Student Association (LAGSA)

The Latin American Graduate Student Association (LAGSA) aims to build a greater sense of community amongst all graduate students of Latin American heritage from every program and department in the Miami University community through mentorship, support, encouragement in higher education and community outreach about the Latino population and culture. 

Haven: LGBTIQ Graduate Alliance

Haven Queer Graduate Alliance provides a space for LGBTIQ graduate students and their allies to find community both academically and socially. The group provides a venue to discuss LGBTIQ issues in teaching, mentoring, academic writing, research, and relevant scholarship. Politically, our aim is to collaborate with other LGBTIQ groups on campus--undergraduate, faculty, and staff. Haven also explores the intersections of sexuality, race, gender, class, ability, and nationality, understanding that all of these intersecting identities influence how we experience our daily lives and global perspectives.  

Graduate Students of All Nations (GSAN)

This organization helps connect graduate students across cultures. This group is especially focused on increasing and improving the opportunities available for new graduate students from outside the USA. All graduate students are invited and welcome to join. Use the Miami University HUB organization directory to contact GSAN. 

On and Off Campus Activities

On Campus

Center for American and World Cultures

Miami University seeks to foster a rigorous intellectual environment that embraces diverse experiences. The Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) contributes to the university's mission by serving as an intellectual and physical space that promotes the exploration, discussion, debate, and reflection of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and physical abilities here in the US and abroad.

Miami University Art Museum 

Five galleries of changing exhibitions - including artwork from ancient to contemporary, are on display, free of charge.

Miami University Lecture Series

Attend one of many lectures Miami University supports. Graduate Students are eligible to attend these lectures free of charge with their graduate student ID (up to two tickets free). Previous lectures have included Piper Kerman, Tim Gun, Wade Davis, Jack Hanna, Jerry Springer, Bill Nye and several more.  

Miami University Outdoor Pursuit Center

The Outdoor Pursuit Center, affiliated with the Recreational Sports Center, offers Miami University students, staff, and community members adventure trips, study abroad opportunities, equipment rentals, Team Building Programs, climbing equipment and after-school youth programs. 

Miami University Performing Arts Series

The arts play an important role in understanding, appreciating and enhancing life. Experience this by Miami University's own Art, Music, and Theatre performances.

Miami University Recreational Sports Center

The Recreational Sports Center is located on Miami University's campus and provides a safe, enjoyable, challenging and fun atmosphere in which to continue developing your life-long fitness commitments. The Recreational Sports Center features a world-class swimming area with a 50-meter pool, separate diving well, leisure pool, and a 15-person spa; four multi-use gymnasium courts; a 10,000-square-foot fitness center with weight training machine circuits; cardiovascular equipment and free weights; a climbing wall; aerobic exercise rooms; racquetball/handball courts; a suspended jogging track; and a health bar/deli. All full-time students have access to the Recreational Sports Center, however, group fitness classes are an additional fee. The first week of every semester, the Recreational Sports Center offers free access to the facility and group fitness classes. 

Off Campus

Hueston Woods

Hueston Woods State Park, located in Butler and Preble counties, is nearly 3,000 acres of natural resources for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, and unique to this region -- fossil hunting. The park surrounds 625-acre Acton Lake, with campsites, cabins, and a resort lodge to entice the overnight visitor. Hueston Woods also host annual events such as the Apple Butter Festival in the fall and the Maple Syrup Festival in the spring. 

Lane Public Library

Anyone working, living, or attending school in Ohio may open up a free library card affiliated with the Lane Library. Oxford Lane Library hosts a series of events for all population groups from movie matinées, weekly story time, and monthly book club.  

Oxford Community Art Center

The Oxford Community Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization representing performing and visual community arts groups who wish to rehearse, perform, display and teach their various art and craft forms in a facility that represents a permanent home for the community arts. The Art Center host a wide variety of programs and classes from a Chocolate Melt Down event to Ballroom and Yoga classes. 

Oxford Farmer's Market

The Oxford Farmer's Market is located Uptown with several vendors offering fresh/local/season foods that are often certified organic or utilize earth-friendly practices. The farmer's market is open year round with every Saturdays during the Summer and Fall market season and during the winter every 3rd Saturday of the month. 

Oxford Uptown Memorial Park

Several events occur Uptown in the Memorial Park such as the free Summer Music Series occurring every Thursday evening in the summer, the end of the summer Pig Roast, and Sunday morning Farmer's Market. Departments affiliated with Miami University's campus utilize the Uptown Memorial Park to host large annual events such as the Uni-Diversity Festival and the Chinese Festival.   

On and Off Campus Services

On Campus

Career Services

Miami University has a Career Services office on campus that provides free services to students, faculty and staff, alumni, and parents. Programs include Networking and Dining Etiquette, utilizing LinkedIn, and Successful Salary Negotiation. Additionally, Career Services provides an online database (Miami CAREERLink) of employment opportunities ranging from part-time, full-time, internships, and seasonal opportunities.  

Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) supports long-term and short-term communities for faculty growth and inquiry (e.g., FLCs, FLINGs, workshops/seminars); innovative teaching through projects, grants and awards (e.g., Top 25 project, grants, Knox award); and works with programs to enhance and celebrate teaching and learning at Miami University. The mission of CTE is to embody and promote engagement with scholarly and reflective teaching practices to support the intellectual development of faculty and students as members of a diverse community. The CTE also supports graduate students through the GSTEP program, providing foundational skills to develop confidence as a teacher and throughout an academic career. 

King Library

The King Library is the main library on campus and is typically open 24 hours a day. On the 3rd floor of the King Library, a room is specifically designated to Graduate Students. Additionally, on the first floor, the Howe Writing Center is available for Graduate Students to seek writing help and feedback. A Graduate Student Boot Camp is offered occasionally for graduate students to devote an entire day to independent writing. 

Miami University Child Development Center

The Child Development Center, operated by Mini University, serves infants, toddlers, and preschool children with both before-and-after school care as well as summer programs. Grants are available for income-eligible families. 

Parking and Transportation Services

The Parking and Transportation Services Office manages access to and availability of campus parking resources and safe, reliable transportation alternatives for students, employees and guests at Miami University in support of the institution’s mission and commitments to sustainability. The Miami Metro bus provides transportation around campus, Uptown and to several off-campus housing areas. All students currently registered in a course may ride the bus for free with their student ID. As a graduate student, you are also eligible to purchase a faculty and staff motor vehicle permit. 

The Student Health Services

The Miami University Student Health Service provides outpatient care to all eligible students. Eligible students include anyone from the Oxford or regional campuses who are enrolled in at least one class. Our staff includes full-time physicians, certified nurse practitioners, and a nursing staff to provide quality outpatient care to the students of Miami University. Our services include general medicine and injury care, gynecology, immunizations, laboratory, and pharmacy. All of the SHS services must be ordered by an SHS clinician. The Student Health Services goal is to provide both medical care and education that supports a healthy college experience.

Student Counseling Services

Miami's Student Counseling Service provides primary, secondary, and tertiary level interventions in an effort to achieve and/or maintain a mentally healthy status for each student and to create a learning environment that facilitates and supports that status. Groups and workshops are available in a graduate-student-only format. 

Off Campus

Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA) 

The Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA) provides bus transportation for Butler County. Connections are made between Hamilton and Middletown, Middletown and Oxford, Oxford and Hamilton, Hamilton and the Tr-County Mall, and the City of Oxford. Transportation is free with a valid Miami University ID. 

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center is located in Oxford, Ohio and provides Programs and Services for community members such as Emergency Financial Assistance, Community Garden access, a thrift store, and job readiness coaching.

McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital

The McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital is located uptown in Oxford, Ohio, and services five different counties including Butler, Preble, Franklin, Union and Fayette. 

Talawanda School District

The Talawanda School District encompasses 144 square miles and serves just over 3000 students.

Transportation Services to Miami University

This website provides a list of transportation services (airline, shuttles, bus, and train services) that are in the surrounding area. Miami does not have any relationship with these companies, and it does not endorse their use. All such travel is at the traveler's own risk, and Miami does not assume any responsibility or liability for such services.