Living On and Off Campus

We expect that the campus experience for the spring will continue to be different from other years, and also that things are likely to change over the course of the months. We know how important a sense of community and connection are for students-- and the entire Miami community. At the same time, the colder weather during the first half of the spring term means more time inside, and therefore more risk of infection. That makes identifying the small group of people you trust and will spend your time with in person very important.

Limiting the size of the group of people you socialize with to fewer than 10, taking daily health precautions, limiting visitors or trips out of town, and taking responsibility for your well-being and the well-being of your classmates, faculty, and roommates, will make a difference in keeping our community healthy while we weather this pandemic.

Even if you have previously had COVID-19, you need to keep up the good habits, since there is still much about this virus that we don’t know, including how and when reinfection is possible. We know you may have COVID fatigue and you want things to go back to normal—we all do! But these are extraordinary times, and they require us to continue our extraordinary actions.

Creating a sense of community and connection will always be a priority at Miami. Student Life, as well as student leaders, have been working hard to plan events that will help students connect in creative ways through student organizations, and to host engaging programs that are held virtually or in smaller groups. We learned a lot in the fall about what works and what doesn’t, and will continue to improve. While it is likely that your friend circle will need to remain smaller this semester, we will continue to help build connections in residence halls, through affinity groups, and through student organizations. We will also continue to evaluate current conditions in Oxford, across the state, and nationally, and will phase in more in-person events as it becomes safe to do so, and as we can start to move back outside.

This section will provide more details to keep in mind as you plan for the spring.

Move In

To promote physical distancing, students were assigned a move-in day and time for January in their updated housing assignment email, which was sent in mid-December. Move-in will occur between Tuesday, January 19 through Sunday, January 24.

Students who are living on campus this spring will need to participate in arrival testing when arriving on campus for the semester. Please see the testing section of this website for more detailed information.

Learn more about move-in procedures, what to bring, and safety precautions for move-in day.


Move Out

Final exams are May 10-14, 2021. The halls and apartments are scheduled to close on May 14th, 2021.


Living On Campus

students getting to know each other in their residence hall common area while social distancing and wearing masks

At the first floor meeting after you return to campus, your RA will provide you with information about health measures you will be expected to take on your floor and in your building, guidelines for using common spaces, and community expectations regarding visitors.

Building a sense of community in the halls is still a priority, so while you will need to take precautions to help keep your floor healthy, we will continue to offer engaging programs in the halls to help you have a strong, fun, and meaningful living experience.


Living Off Campus

As a resident of Oxford, it is your responsibility to be aware of and follow both Oxford ordinances (or the ordinances for the community where you are currently living) and  CDC and State of Ohio guidelines regarding social gatherings at your homes and apartments, mask requirements, and other policies intended to help keep our communities as healthy and safe as possible.

Facial coverings should be worn everywhere you go such as shopping or walking around your local community, as well as when you are present on campus, indoors or out.

If you are unable to return to campus prior to the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester on January 25 for any reason (travel, illness, quarantine, etc.), you should notify your instructors as soon as possible to discuss the situation.

Find additional resources and information about being a tenant at Off-Campus Outreach.


Parking

Parking on campus will remain the same. For more information, we recommend visiting the following websites which will provide the most updated plan for parking, bus service, IDs, and Meal Plans

Register Your Vehicle


Bus Transportation, BCRTA

The Butler County Regional Transit Authority will be providing fixed route, BCare paratransit, and Saferide services for students and faculty. Several of the routes have been modified to accommodate capacity issues in previous terms so that social distancing measures can be better-controlled on-board the vehicle.

BCRTA in accordance with state and local mandates is requiring all riders to wear a mask while on the vehicle. There will be hand sanitizer available on the vehicles and our maintenance team will be ensuring a complete cleaning schedule is performed on all vehicles every 48 hours to provide a safe and comfortable experience for all riders.

Information on routes and stop times can be found online or by downloading the Transit mobile app on either Apple or Android devices.