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For new Bearcats and their families, moving into residence halls for the first time can be both exciting and anxiety-provoking. Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone. Here are some things you can do to prepare for this exciting, new adventure.

For fall semester or end-of-year move-out, there are always guidelines residents need to review. You'll find those on this page seasonally.

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Safety Procedures

The following safety precautions apply to all residents, whether moving out for break, or completely vacating their unit.   

  • Facial coverings will be required at all times while indoors.
  • Guests/helpers will be limited to 1 - 2 per resident and may only stay inside the residence hall during the move-out process.
  • There will be a limit of one family per elevator.
  • Curbside parking is limited to 15 minutes.

As with move-in, if you are encouraged to use a personal cart to speed up your move.


Residents moving out and not planning to return for spring semester, including those graduating/withdrawing, transferring to another institution, must follow the guidelines below.

  1. You must remove all belongings, food and trash, and leave room in good condition.
  2. You must schedule a room check with your RA to complete your Room Condition Report (RCR).
  3. You may return your keys to the hall's Service Center upon completion of the RCR.


Residents with spring semester co-ops will be released from university housing without penalty. A copy of your official co-op offer letter must be submitted. Email employer offer letters to Any applicable spring housing/food charges will be reversed upon receipt.

Contract Buyout

Residents who are not required to live in university housing (upper-classmen and local residents) during the Spring 2022 semester may buy out the remaining portion of their contract. See the "contract buy-out" section of the housing Terms and Conditions for additional details.

Upon acknowledgement of buyout, follow check-out process above.


If you are planning to return for spring semester, you do not have to move everything out of your room. However, please review Residence Hall Closings for important information.

No. You may stay in your apartment without completing a Break Housing Request.

However, please take note of the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements to ensure you are eligible to return for spring semester.

If you do not plan to return for spring semester, your housing contract will end December 11  and you will be expected to completely vacate your apartment.

The move-in/move-out map shows parking (green structures) in relation to residence communities, as well as unloading areas. More detailed Google maps and coordinates can be found on the Parking website.


Break Housing

Break housing is available during periods between semesters and spring break.

If you are not in an apartment but need to stay in University Housing through final exams or the entire break period, a request for break housing along with rationale for the stay must be submitted and approved. Note, residents may be assigned to temporary space for the break period.


Traditional and suite-style units will be billed at $34 per night for 2019-2020 cohort, $35 per night for 2020-21 cohort , or $36 per night for 2021-2022 cohort and non-cohort eligible residents. Confirmation of a request to stay past the closing date will be required.

Mail Services

Hall Service Centers may have limited service during exam week and winter break, except for Scioto, UPA and block leased locations. For students staying over break, we strongly recommend using the Amazon Store for deliveries.


The move-in/move-out map shows parking (green structures) in relation to residence communities, as well as unloading areas. More detailed Google maps and coordinates can be found on the Parking website.


Advance lofting requests are not taken for spring semester. However, during week 3 of the semester, you may submit a requst throug the housing portal.

Due to safety considerations, university policy does not permit residents to construct their own bed lofts or bunks for use in the residence hall rooms. Residents are not allowed to loft, bunk or de-loft their own beds.

All beds are set to the Junior Loft Height for initial check in.

There are recycling bins located near each campus residence hall. Please use these bins to dispose of any cardboard boxes and other recyclable materials from move-in.

Maps are available for each on-campus residence hall. If you live in University Edge, USquare, UPA, 101 E. Corry, The Eden, Bellevue Gardens or the Deacon, check with property management for recycling options, or use the campus bin closest to your apartment.

Yes, residence hall service centers will begin accepting packages for spring residents approximately January 7. Packages arriving before that will be returned to sender.    

Amazon orders may not be shipped to your residence hall at any time. Instead, choose ship to the Amazon Store on Calhoun St. in USquare at the Loop.

  • 241 Calhoun St., Cincinnati, OH  45219
  • Phone: 888-280-4331
  • Thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Facial coverings
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Renter's insurance (highly recommended)
  • Desk lamp
  • Computer
  • TV/Video game console (Philo streaming service is free to residents in university-owned communities); Roku-type is ideal
  • Bedding - comforter, pillow, extra-long twin sheets (80")
  • Bath linens
  • Fan
  • Small storage container or trunk
  • Headphones/ear buds
  • Hypoallergenic, zippered mattress cover (extra-long twin)
  • Shower bucket & shoes (Dabney, Daniels, Calhoun, Siddall)
  • Hanging soap dish/shower caddy (Turner/Schneider)
  • Fish (20 gal. aquarium or less)
  • Carpet or rug
  • Toiletries
  • Posters & pictures
  • Hair dryer
  • Umbrella
  • Iron/steamer

The list below is not all-inclusive. If you are unsure of whether an item is permissible, please call University Housing at 513-556-6461.

  • Air fryers
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hoverboards or electric scooters
  • Power tools
  • Pets*
  • Air conditioner
  • Space heater
  • Broiler
  • Lofts
  • Candles
  • Explosives/fireworks
  • Hot plates or electric skillet
  • Hot-oil popcorn poppers
  • Waterbeds or water chairs
  • Toaster ovens
  • Woks
  • Grills or griddles (including George Foreman(R))
  • Weapons (real or toy, including water guns)
  • Weights over 10 pounds
  • Wall mounts for televisions

*Exception will be made for Service and Emotional Support Animals (ESA). In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the University of Cincinnati engages in an interactive and collaborative process with students in order to determine eligibility for reasonable accommodations for students living in the residence halls and campus community. University offices which work in collaboration to assist the student are Disability Services Office, Housing and Food Services as well as Resident Education & Development.