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New Student Arrival & Check-in

The University of Cincinnati looks forward to the arrival of all of our new students. All new students must complete the Pre-Arrival Checklist in iStart before arriving in Cincinnati. Visit the link https://ioffice.uc.edu. Click on the "Limited iStart Services" link and enter your UC ID number and date of birth. This will take you to our Pre-Arrival Checklist. You will want to review and complete all checklist items before coming to check-in.There are multiple Check-in dates for Fall Semester and a single check-in day for Spring and Summer semesters.

Immigration Check-In Schedule

All new international students are required to attend Immigration check-in upon arrival. Failure to come to immigration check-in will  result in cancelling of your student immigration status. The schedule is as follows:


  • Summer Semester 2014

  • May 8, 2014 8:00 AM

  • Fall Semester 2014

    August 11, 2014 8:00 AM


    August 13, 2014 8:00 AM
    Undergraduate and Exchange Students must attend this Check-in.

    August 18, 2014 8:00 AM


    August 21, 2014 8:00 AM

  • Spring Semester 2015

    January 7, 2015 8:00 AM


New International Student Conference

All new international students are invited to attend the new International Student conference. The conference features concurrent sessions and a resource fair. The schedule is as follows:

August 14, 2014 7:30 am
January 8, 2015 7:30 am

You must arrive in Cincinnati in time to complete a Check-in before classes begin and attend the New International Student Conference.

How to Request Temporary Housing

The University of Cincinnati provides temporary housing for Fall Semester. A $26 a day charge will be assessed to you for use of temporary housing. You must make a reservation. Those transitioning to UC residence halls will be moved into your residence hall at the appropriate time. There will be a nominal charge for early entrance into your residence hall. Those needing to find off campus accommodations can visit our off campus housing office.

Frequently Asked Questions about Arrival, Check-In, & Housing

Who can use the airport pickup service?
Any new student who will be attending the University of Cincinnati.

How much does this service cost?
There is no cost for the airport pickup service, but you must make a reservation by submitting the Arrival information eForm in the Pre-Arrival checklist.

Who will be meeting me at the airport?
You will be able to use the transportation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you arrive at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, simply report to the Executive Transportation desk.  Please see the video, detailing this process.

Where will I stay for temporary housing and how long will temporary housing be available?
You will stay in an official residence hall on campus with 24-hour security features and staff available during business hours. Temporary housing may be available to support your post-arrival orientations and time needed to adjust to Cincinnati and the campus. This service is only available for Fall Semester arrivals.

Will someone help me find off campus housing?
Housing and Food Services provides numerous resources to assist you in finding off campus housing. The Off-Campus Housing has a master list and private listings for your use. The Master List contains rental information for nearby complexes consisting of 20 or more units. The Private Listings are geared toward smaller venues such as houses, or a room for rent in a house, two-family, or four-family unit. These lists will continue to be updated as new listings are added.

Links are available to UC Police, Crime Statistics for District 5 communities around campus and related information regarding Urban Living, Crime Prevention, UC’s NightRide Service, Bearcat Transportation Shuttle, Leasing Tips & Resources, Ohio Tenant Law, Community Resources and other services and facilities available at the University of Cincinnati.

When can I move into permanent on-campus housing?
Fall semester residence hall move-in for undergraduate international students is on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Housing will accommodate any student who has signed a housing contract if there is an interim period of time before hall move-in and the date temporary housing ends.

What orientations do I need to attend?
The orientations you are required to attend will depend on your college/department of study and your degree objective.

Graduate students will have departmental orientation to attend and undergraduate students will have a college orientation to attend (typically two days of testing). When you go through the official “Check-in” process with UC International Services, you will receive a printout of your departmental/college orientations. All students should attend the New International Student conference in addition to college/departmental orientations. 

In addition, all new students will be scheduled for a Health Screening upon arrival. Students with teaching assistantships will also be required to take the Oral English Proficiency Test. You will be scheduled for both of these during “Check-in” as well.

Are there any special welcome events I can sign up for?
We will have a host of welcome activities for you to participate in, if you are arriving for fall semester. We do not have special events scheduled for winter, spring and summer arrivals. Some activities require no advanced sign up. Just show up and have a good time.  Other events do require a ticket and can be purchased at your Check-in.  The events include the Welcome Coffee Hour, a Reds Game at the Great American Ball Park, a movie night, a trip to the Jungle Jim's International market, a UC Football game at the Nippert Stadium and a City Bus Tour. Keep checking this space for the event dates and other details.