University Housing

COVID-19 Housing Updates

Updates in Light of President Pinto's April 1 Message

President Pinto’s April 1 COVID-19 update included the announcement that summer semester classes will be held remotely, and University Housing and Food Services will remain closed, except for those who have approved waivers.

Summer housing details are under review. Please check this page for updates.

As you are aware, the nature of the COVID-19 virus is dynamic and changes daily. The university continues to monitor this situation and the potential impact on the university community’s daily lives. At this time, there are no changes to the fall 2020 housing application process.

Please continue to monitor the university’s official website for the most up-to-date information.

Reassignment & Relocation for Residents with Waivers

The University is reassigning residents who have received waivers to Marian Spencer and Scioto Hall for the remainder of the Spring 2020 Term. This reassignment is to ensure consistent resources are available to all students that remain in University Housing.

Waiver relocation assignments are in the housing portal. To help support personal distancing, all waiver relocation assignments are single occupancy.

The relocation schedule for when each hall should begin to transition is below. Please note that all moves must be complete by Monday, April 6.

  • Wednesday, April 1:  Calhoun, Dabney, Daniels, Siddall
  • Thursday, April 2: CRC, Stratford Heights, Turner/Schneider
  • Friday, April 3: University Park Apartments, Morgens, USquare

Please review the message in your university email for more moving process details.

Information regarding Service Center Hours, weekend and evening support by residential staff as well as behavior expectations will be forthcoming.

If your plans have changed and you no longer need housing past the March 23 closure, please respond to the email you received and add “Change of Plans” in the Subject Line. University Housing staff remain available to answer questions Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at 513-556-6461 or

Moved Out but Forgot to Return Your Key?

If you have moved out completely, but NOT returned your key, please place your key in an envelope with a note including your First and Last Name, M#, Hall and Room #, and Contact Phone # and mail to this address:  

Resident Education & Development 
c/o _______________ (Residence Hall Name) 
PO Box 210045 
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0045 

University Housing Office Hours

Current University Housing office hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.   |   513-556-6461

COVID-19 Food Services Updates

While normal university operations are restricted based on COVID-19, the following Food Services retail locations are open:

MSB Starbucks

Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

CARE/Crawley Subway

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m

Market on Main

  • Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday,  7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

On the Green (OTG)

Residential carry-out hours at On The Green (OTG) are for meal plan holders with approved waivers. To promote social distancing, the following measures are in place:

  • All dining is carry-out
  • Diners may opt for one (1) of the following:
    • Salad or deli sandwich; chips or whole fruit; and bottled water
    • OR one (1) carry-out box for a hot meal and bottled water. 
  • Self-serve options are not available. 
  • Please leave six (6) feet between yourself and other customers or staff. 


Days Breakfast Brunch Lunch Dinner
Monday - Friday  7:30 - 9 a.m. closed 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday closed 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. closed 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Mick & Mack's Chef's Tables and Wine & Spirit Tastings Discontinued until Further Notice

With  COVID-19 restrictions on dine-in service, and the suspension of retail operations on the West Campus, Chef's Tables and Wine & Spirit tastings are cancelled until further notice. Visit the Mick & Mack's page  or UC News for updates.

Live in the heart of it all! Living in University Housing is an important and meaningful part of the college experience. It is a time for you to explore and try new things, meet new people, learn about yourself and the world around you. It offers a chance to develop life skills that go far beyond the classroom.

Why live in University Housing?

A view of a residential hall room with three roommates sitting on a bed in front of a large window.

Over 80% of incoming freshman, plus many returning students choose to live in University Housing. It makes it easier to get to class, meet new people, get involved with clubs and take advantage of all of the resources offered on campus. You don’t have to worry about commuting in bad weather or finding parking. There are also Resident Advisors to support the transition to college. When you live in the center of it all, there is more time to focus on why you’re here.

Living in University Housing and getting involved is a great way to make a large university feel small.

University of Cincinnati is excited to be classified as a primarily residential campus by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education®. This distinction signifies that 25-49% of degree-seeking undergraduates live in University Housing.

Something for everyone!

UC’s energetic environment can be attributed to the dynamic layout of our campus and the charismatic, diverse community that lives here. Outside of classes, there is much fun to have and many activities to participate in. The variety of student organizations, food, and entertainment encourages students to get involved, find their passions, and contribute to the campus ecosystem. 

Image of students in hammocks in wooded area on Campus Green.

Depending on your interests, you may prefer spending free time working out and relaxing at the Campus Recreation Center. Here, students love taking classes, running on the track, and mindlessly floating down the lazy river. 

Or maybe you’ve always been curious about astronomy and want to learn more about the stars, you can join the astronomy club showcased at the student organization fair. No matter what you love or want to explore, you are encouraged to discover your passions and take advantage of all that life on campus has to offer. 

Getting involved doesn’t always equate to joining a club or student government; you may prefer to check out your hall government or working as a desk assistant in your community. Getting involved can also be as simple as rounding up a group of friends for a kickball game on Sigma Sigma Commons or hanging out in the hammock forest with fellow enthusiasts. 

Bearcat Pride

Being a Bearcat doesn’t mean you need to fit a specific mold; it means being authentic to who you are, supported by a community that pushes you to be your best.  

The opportunity to live in this UC community is unlike any other you will have in your lifetime. It’s the chance to be a part of something special and have something special be a part of you.