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Office of Residence Life

Welcome to the heart of campus life at Miami University! The Office of Residence Life is your gateway to a vibrant and inclusive residential community that fosters personal growth, academic success, and lifelong connections. As an integral part of the Miami experience, our dedicated team is committed to creating a safe, engaging, and supportive living environment where students can thrive academically and socially. Whether you're a first-year student embarking on your college journey or a returning student seeking a dynamic on-campus experience, we're here to ensure that your time at Miami University is both memorable and transformative. Join us in exploring the exciting opportunities that await you within our vibrant and diverse residential community.

Mission of the Office of Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life is committed to collaborating with students, parents, and university partners to assist residential students in successful adjustment to, and transition through, their collegiate experience. We work to develop communities that are inclusive and safe extensions of the academic learning environment. Moreover, we create opportunities that allow residential students to ease into adulthood while persisting in their academic goals and using their knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of our global society.

Our vision is to provide Miami University students with a superior residential experience that leads to their academic, social, developmental, and occupational success in a dynamic and ever-changing world.

Residential Communities

Miami University's Office of Residence Life offers a variety of residential community types and experiences for students that are intended to complement the academic mission of the university. Our goal is to further support students in their success at Miami. We have researched many different types of communities and realize the benefit of offering a variety of choices for students as they enter the university and continue their residential experience at Miami. Students can choose which community type best meets their wants and needs for their residential experience. When completing their housing contract, first-year students will submit a request for two community options. Upper class students also have a variety of unique communities to choose from to enhance their residential experience. While many rising upper class students will sign up for a room during the spring semester housing lottery, there are a number of unique communities offered for continuing or second-year students.

Living Learning Community (LLC)

A Living Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students who live together on a corridor or in a residence hall that is closely tied to an academic major, university program, or initiative. Through partnerships with a variety of departments, faculty, and staff, students will have access to activities that tie directly into the theme of their LLC. In an LLC, students will be co-enrolled into one or more classes, which further support their transition and academic success at Miami. Programming will be closely aligned with the community theme and often include faculty and staff partners, to assist in community building, academic success, cultural competency, and intrapersonal development. A few communities include both first- and second-year students to allow for mentoring among residents.

Affinity Communities

An affinity community is a group of residents who share similar life experiences or a common bond or background. Affinity communities allow students to choose to live with peers who share some type of social identity, thus allowing for greater peer and staff support. Residence Life coordinates communities for students who are: out of state, Miami Firsts (first-generation college students), transfer students, and ROTC/veterans.

Student-Created Communities

The Office of Residence Life provides the opportunity for students to continue shaping their Miami experience by developing student-created communities. These communities may build on themes from the first-year housing experience or focus on entirely new themes that do not already exist in a second-year Living Learning Community. By participating in an upper class student-created community around a theme of their choice, students will be able to delve deeper into their interests, develop meaningful relationships with other students, and have an active role in the design and implementation of their on-campus experience.

Regulations for On-Campus Living

The on-campus living experience is an integral part of your academic journey. We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and enriching environment for all our students. To ensure the well-being and harmony of our diverse community, we have established a set of regulations and guidelines governing on-campus living. These regulations are designed to promote respect, responsibility, and a sense of community among our residents. In this guide, we will outline the key rules and expectations that will help make your time in university housing a positive and memorable experience. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these regulations as they are essential for creating a supportive and enjoyable living environment for all members of our Miami University family.

Read On-Campus Regulations

Get Involved In Your Community

Getting involved on campus could not be easier. With over 500 student organizations there is something for everyone. Whether this is your first time getting involved on campus or your tenth, taking on a leadership role within Residence Life and your hall could not be more rewarding. Exploring your leadership potential right where you live can provide you an opportunity to develop and practice leadership skills that you can later take with you into other student organizations and leadership opportunities at Miami and in the larger community. It's also a great way to connect with other students and campus administrators here at Miami.

Get Involved

Contacting Residence Life

The staff in either the Office of Residence Life or the Campus Services Center can assist you with further questions about the residence halls at Miami. The information below will help you choose the office that will be best able to suit your needs and answer your questions.

Office of Residence Life


  • Builds community
  • Provides resident education
  • Oversees Living Learning Communities and LLC courses
  • Provides co-curricular programming
  • Advises Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, Community Leadership Teams, EcoReps and DEI Reps
  • Supervises Resident Directors, Community Managers, Graduate Assistants, and Resident Assistants
  • Enforces residence hall and university policies
  • Coordinates opening and closing of residence halls at breaks
  • Intervenes in roommate conflicts
  • Coordinates gender-inclusive housing

Contact information
Address: 211 Warfield Hall, Oxford, OH 45056

Campus Services Center


  • Coordinates room selection and housing assignments
  • Oversees meal plans
  • Oversees housing contracts
  • Handles roommate requests
  • Coordinates billing for housing and meal plans
  • Coordinates "MUlaa" accounts for laundry, vending and debit accounts
  • Makes changes to living learning community placement prior to move-in
  • Provides ID services
  • Communicates with the Student Housing Appeal Board to consider requests to be released from housing contracts

Contact information

Phone: 513-529-5000
Address: 34 Nellie Craig Walker Hall, Oxford, OH 45056

Warfield Hall
Contact Us

Office of Residence Life

211 Warfield Hall
451 East Spring St.
Oxford, OH 45056