Graduate Housing Welcome

We look forward to meeting our incoming tenants. Please review the information below carefully and refer back to it regularly. Modifications in university, local and federal changes may change the following policies and protocols:

  • Travel
  • Testing
  • Quarantine Expectations
  • COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Resources
Contact our office if you have any questions.

International travelers (students and visitors), whether traveling on university business or for personal reasons, must report via the UC COVID Check app upon return (or first-time arrival) to campus and guidance from the CDC related to international travel applies as to requirements to test, self-monitor, isolate or quarantine. UC employees are always strongly encouraged to use the app.


UC's COVID Check app is free and easy to use. It can be downloaded through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. A web-based REDCap survey is also available as an alternative to using the app.

Note the following expectations if you are instructed to quarantine:

All students traveling from travel advisory states or internationally are required to register with the University via the UC COVID Check app  or to contact COVIDWatch if app does not work. Include the following information when registering: name, address, date of arrival, whether you have roommates and if there are shared bedrooms in your unit.

Contact COVIDWatch if you have questions about quarantine.

Mitigation testing will continue for students staying in University Housing over the summer and will be conducted at the University Health Services located at Commons Edge North, 57 W. Daniels Street. Students will be notified via their UC email when they are selected for required mitigation testing and will be able to make an online reservation for the test. Mitigation testing is free, fast and easy, requiring less than 5 minutes to complete.

For symptomatic students and those who have had close exposure to infected individuals, on-campus testing will also be available in the University Health Services Testing Center located at Commons Edge North, 57 W. Daniels Street. Students may call (513) 556-2564 for an appointment. The student’s health insurance plan will be billed for symptomatic and exposure testing.

All UC’s safety measures and protocols, including those related to facial coverings and social distancing, apply to the graduate housing complex. Complete the following steps to prepare yourself for UC daily life:

The start date noted in your Sublease is the day you can first pick up your key and access your apartment.  Keys are picked up at Uptown Rentals that is located at 2718 Vine Street.  Keys can be picked up during the following hours of operation:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12-4 p.m.

You can pick up keys for your roommates.   

Please take the following steps to get into your apartment if you arrive after the Uptown Rentals Office is closed:

  • Make arrangements with your phone company so you can make US phone calls upon arrival.
  • Call the Resident Apartment Manager (RAM) on duty at 513-666-1568 (Senator Place) when you arrive at the complex to get access to your apartment. Note that there is no office at the complex so you will not be able to reach a RAM unless you call.
  • Keys can be picked up the next day at the Uptown Rentals office.

In addition to the CDC guidelines, use the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 when moving:

  • Maintain social/physical distancing as much as possible during the unpacking and move-in processes.
  • Practice good hygiene—cover coughs, wash hands frequently and do not touch your face.
  • Wear a cloth face mask.
  • Do not let people who are sick help you move.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces which could harbor the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Keep your apartment and belongings safe:
  • Unprop doors.
  • Keep your apartment doors and windows locked at all times.  Close the blinds in the evening or when no one is in the apartment. 
  • Secure valuables, money and documents in a locked place.

The internet passwords for each complex are noted below. XX refers to your unit number.

Username: see router
Password: see router

Senator Place
Username: unitXX
Password: senatorXX

Inspect your room thoroughly upon arrival. Call Uptown Rentals at 513-861-9394 to submit maintenance requests for issues that need to be addressed. Submit your room condition report, noting the condition of the apartment and appliances. 

Rent is due by the first day of each month. You will be sent instructions on how to make payments.  The first rent charge may include rent owed for the previous month if you move in during the middle of the month.

You are STRONGLY encouraged, though not required, to obtain renter’s insurance. Uptown Rentals and the University of Cincinnati is not responsible for the damage or theft of your personal property. GradGuard is one company that provides both renters and tuition insurance.  Participation is not endorsed by the University of Cincinnati.

All UC-owned and leased properties are considered tobacco free.  This includes graduate housing.

Smoking and tobacco use, including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes, are prohibited by students, staff, faculty, visitors, vendors and contractors. Tobacco use is banned in all apartments, balconies, hallways, laundry rooms, parking lots, elevators and inside vehicles on the premises.

Anyone wishing to use tobacco needs to move to the area outside the complex perimeters using appropriate social distancing.

There are two Resident Apartment Managers (RAMs) living on-site in Senator Place and two at Deckebach to assist graduate housing tenants with the transition to the University, city and graduate school as well as to serve as a resource. They are graduate students who are dedicated to making our complexes a welcoming place for graduate students. They participate in an on-call duty system and can be contacted after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, winter season days and University holidays.

DECKEBACH RAMs (513-278-3604)
Kiersten Edwards
Carsyn Endres

SENATOR PLACE RAMs (513-666-1568)
Akhila Dandamudi
Vineet Garlapalli