January Orientation - Accommodations and Food


Since you will be on campus for January orientation before the official start of the spring term, please review the details below regarding meals, residence hall accommodations, and getting your Miami student ID.

Campus Dining

Student meal plans will begin on 9am Sunday, January 28, 2018.  You will need to pay for your own meals during January orientation and until your meal plan begins.  Dining facilities will be open during January orientation in the Armstrong Student Center (where the orientation program is held).  For information on dining hall hours, please visit the MU Dining website.

Moving in to your Residence Hall Room

If you will be living in a campus residence hall for the spring term, you may move in prior to your contract start date because you are participating in January orientation.  Residence hall contracts officially begin on Sunday, January 28, but many January orientation participants will need to move-in on Wednesday, January 24 (8am-5pm) or Thursday, January 25 (8am-12pm, just before orientation begins).  Early move-in must be arranged with Miami's HOME (Housing Options, Meals, and Events) Office as a request for University Break Housing.  If you have further questions about early move-in arrangements, please contact the HOME Office at 513-529-5000 or email home@miamioh.edu.

Students who attend January orientation will be charged an early arrival fee of $29.50 per night for each night before the residence hall contracts begin on Sunday, January 28, 2018. 

We expect most on-campus students to move in one one of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018: One day before January orientation (This is four days prior to the start of your housing contract; an early move-in fee of $29.50 per night will be added to your bursar bill. This is the best option for students who are traveling more than one hour to campus.)
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018: First day of January orientation (This is three days prior to the start of your housing contract; an early move-in fee of $29.50 per night will be added to your bursar bill. This is a popular option for students who live within a few hours of campus.  Note that the January orientation program will begin on the afternoon Thursday, January 25, even if you do move into your room that morning.)
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018: This is the day your housing contract begins; there is no additional charge for moving in on this day (This is a popular option for students who live within driving distance of campus, and do not want to stay on campus during January orientation.  In this case, you would return home or arrange your own accommodations after orientation day 1, and return to campus for orientation day 2.)

Getting your ID Card

You should plan to pick up your Miami student ID card at the HOME Office, 129 Campus Avenue Building, between 8am-5pm on the day you move in.  If you live off-campus, you can plan to pick up your Miami student ID between 8am-12pm on Thursday, January 25, before January orientation begins.  If you upload your own photo in advance, your ID card will be ready for pick-up when you arrive.  If you have not uploaded your own photo, the HOME Office staff can take your photo and print your ID card while you wait.


Unfortunately, we are not able to offer on-campus overnight guest accommodations through the orientation program.  Guests should make their own arrangements for overnight stays at a nearby hotel; our on-campus Marcum Hotel and Conference Center is an excellent option.  A list of local accommodations, including the Marcum Center, can be found on the Visiting Miami website.

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