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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the common questions we receive:

Where can I find out information about First Year Move-In Day?

The Office of Residence Life has a great website full of helpful move-in planning info.  Visit the First Year Move in Website!

What is the difference between Traditional and Standard halls?

Traditional rooms are located in residence halls such as Morris, Tappan, and Havighurst. These rooms are typically air conditioned and feature corridor bathrooms and community space. Standard rooms are located in our renovated and newer construction halls such as Etheridge, Bishop, and Hahne. These halls feature enhanced community and study spaces, completely new corridor bathrooms, new student room furniture, completely updated building systems, air conditioning and heating, and more.

What should I bring to campus?

  • Area rug
  • Bicycle
  • Umbrella
  • Shower Shoes
  • Shower Tote & Toiletries
  • Towels/Washcloths
  • Microwave (700 watts or less)
  • High Efficiency Laundry Detergent
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Laundry Bag/Pop-up Basket
  • Bed Sheets, pillows and comforter
  • UL Approved Power Strips with built in circuit breaker
  • Fan
  • First-aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Lamp
  • "S" Moulding Hooks
  • Adhesive Putty
  • Vacuum

What does Miami provide to students on campus?

  • Twin XL Bed in Residence Halls and Full-Size Beds at Heritage Commons
  • Desk and Chair
  • Dresser
  • Closet or Wardrobe
  • Mirror
  • Refrigerator
  • Towel Rack
  • Wastebasket/Trash Bags
  • Philo Internet TV for all on-campus students
  • Window shades
  • High-Speed Wired & Wireless Internet

What should I leave at home?

Due to the high risk of fire and damage in a communal environment, the following items are prohibited:

  • Candles
  • Coffeemaker (Keurig or Keurig-style single-serve coffee makers are permitted, heating element must be contained within the unit)
  • Personal Refrigerators are not permitted.
  • Personal air conditioners are not permitted. If you have a medical need for air conditioning, please complete this form and return to the HOME Office.
  • Wireless Printers
  • Electric Blankets or Sheets
  • Electric Skillets
  • Hot Plates
  • Lofted Beds
  • Popcorn Poppers
  • Sun Lamps
  • Toaster Ovens
  • Water Beds
  • Non-Circuit breaker equipped extension cords

What can I use to hang items on my walls?

  • S-Hooks (also called Moulding Hooks) and Removable Putty should be used.
  • Prohibited wall hanging materials include: Scotch Tape, duct tape, double-sided tape, 3M Hooks, staples, and tacks. These items damage the walls, and will likely result in repair charges on your account--so save the trouble and use S-Hooks and/or removable putty.

Are there elevators in the Residence Halls?

Elevator availability varies by hall. Many of our halls have elevators that are always open for general use. However, other halls have service (freight) elevators that are only available for use by students who have a medical need and are unable to use the stairs.

Who cleans the bathrooms?

Community/corridor bathrooms in our residence halls are cleaned regularly by Miami University custodial staff!  Residents in Heritage Commons, Miami Inn, and also students in select Residence Halls who have private bathrooms (as part of their room) are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms. Private Bathrooms and Heritage Commons bathrooms are inspected at the end of fall semester, and charges may be incurred if they are in such a condition that they require excsessive cleaning by our staff. 

When will incoming students find out where they are living?

Housing assignment information for incoming First Year students will be email to your Miami account in late July or early August.

How do returning students select their room for the following year?

Please visit our Room Selection website for more information!

How large are the residence hall rooms?

The size of our rooms varies from one residence hall to another, as a result of architectural differences. You can learn specific dimensions for your room on MyCard after you have received your housing assignment letter.

Is it necessary to purchase property insurance?

The University does not assume responsibility for the loss of money or valuables, damages to property or injuries on the premises. If the Student is not covered by a Parent/Guardian homeowner's insurance policy, it is strongly recommended that insurance arrangements are made to protect against such losses.

Are pets allowed?

Except for goldfish or other tropical fish, no pets are permitted in the Residence Halls. Tank size should not exceed 5 gallons, and aquarium heaters are prohibited.

How is mail delivered?

US mail will be delivered to locked mail boxes which are located in or near the lobby of each residence hall. Each room in the building will have its own box. Packages, large-sized items, and registered mail are delivered to the University Mailroom. You will be notified by email if you have a package to be picked up.

Mail should be addressed in the following format:
Student Name (Include Middle Initial)
Residence Hall Street Address (find street addresses here)
Residence Hall Name and Room Number
Oxford, OH 45056

Can university provided furniture be removed from rooms?

Due to campus storage space limitations, we cannot remove student room furniture. Students are discouraged from bringing their own furniture to campus. Typically, rooms can only safely accommodate the furnishings provided.

Can I park on campus?

We are happy to answer your parking questions!  You can reach our Parking Customer Service area directly by calling (513) 529-2224.  Before calling, be sure to check out the Parking Website.  It's full of helpful information about parking on campus, including maps, procedures, and the official Parking Policy. 

Do you provide disability-related housing accommodations?

The HOME Office works in collaboration with Student Disability Services (SDS) to provide reasonable accommodations in the residence hall setting. If you feel that a disability-related housing accommodation is needed, please contact SDS at (513) 529-1541 or email SDS@MiamiOH.edu. You may also visit their website at www.MiamiOH.edu/SDS for more information.

Where can my parents stay when they come to visit?

The Marcum Hotel is owned and operated by Miami University. Located conveniently on campus, The Marcum offers newly renovated guest rooms and suites, complimentary continental breakfast, and all the comforts of home. Visit us online to make reservations today! Join Marcum's Parents' Club and receive 10% off each night that you stay.