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Housing

Oakland City University works to ensure a quality, secure housing environment for students as they adjust to college life. OCU offers on-campus and off-campus housing.

  • Residence Halls – Four traditional residence halls house the majority of underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores). Women live in Brokaw Hall and Cox Hall, and men live in Dearing Hall and Jordan Hall.
  • Off-Campus Housing – OCU provides two-person, off-campus apartments and off-campus houses to qualifying students.

Housing Policy: General Overview

Unless otherwise approved by OCU in writing, a student who meets all the following criteria is required to live in University residence facilities as long as space permits in such facilities:

  • Full time; and
  • Traditional undergraduate student; and
  • Attending the Oakland City campus; and
  • Receiving any University funding; and
  • Does not qualify for the housing policy exemption.

A housing policy exemption is granted by the Office for Campus Life to those living with their parent(s), court-appointed guardian, or who are married.

If a student chooses to live outside of university housing facilities the student bears responsibility to find off-campus housing.

Residence halls will open on the day preceding the first day of orientation for the fall semester. The residence halls are closed during the various holidays and breaks.

Oakland City University will not knowingly admit to its residence halls or other resident housing any persons who have been convicted of a felony, a sex offense, a theft, or other crimes against persons or property.

Housing Policy: University Scholarships and Financial Aid

Financial aid packages may be affected if the student moves out of a residence hall. In order to receive institutional aid (as distinguished from federal or state aid), a student must comply with the university's housing policy.

Students who do not abide by the University Housing policy do not qualify for university funds.

Housing Policy: Criminal Convictions

Oakland City University will not knowingly admit to its residence halls or other resident housing any person who has been convicted of a felony, a sex offense, theft, or other crimes against persons or property.

Housing Costs

Residence Hall and Room Type 2013-2014 2014-2015
Brokaw Hall (women) – shared room $2,800 $3,000
Brokaw Hall (women) – private room $5,600 $6,000
Cox Hall (women) – shared room $2,900 $3,100
Cox Hall (women) – private room $5,800 $6,200
Dearing Hall (men) – shared room $2,800 $3,000
Dearing Hall (men) – private room $5,600 $6,000
Jordan Hall (men) – shared room $2,800 $3,000
Jordan Hall (men) – private room $5,600 $6,000

Roommate Selection Process

The Director of University Housing works to provide every student with the most ideal living situation possible. The roommate selection process is designed to…

  • Pair students who have requested to live together
  • Match any student who is unable to find a roommate of his or her own with a roommate, based on similar interests, hobbies, or courses of study, as identified in the OCU housing application

Housing Information for International Students

All international students who receive a university-funded scholarship must live in university housing and participate in the meal plan.

All new student housing applications (including the $100.00 housing deposit) must be turned in to the International Admissions Office one month prior to the beginning of the semester in which you are enrolling. This is to guarantee that you will have campus housing upon your arrival. ALL applications not received by the deadline of July 20 will be placed on a waiting list.

In addition, new and transfer students (including International Students) cannot move into campus housing before they are required to be here for testing. Returning students (including international students) moving into campus housing early will be charged $40 per day that they moved in early. If more than 2 days early, you will have to stay in a local hotel at your expense. (Athletes need to speak with their coaches about when they are expected to arrive).

 All students are responsible for purchasing their own bedding.

  • James E. Cox Hall is an upperclassman residence hall for women.
  • Brokaw Hall is an underclassman residence hall for women.
  • Dearing Hall is an upperclassman residence hall for men.
  • Jordan Hall is an underclassman residence hall for men.

Housing application and Deposit Deadlines

All new student housing applications and deposits must be submitted to the Office of Campus Life a minimum of one month prior to the beginning of the semester for which the student is enrolling.  Any student submitting an application after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list for campus housing.

Download Housing Application

Housing Contract

Any student applying to live in a residence hall must sign a housing contract each year. By signing, the student agrees to comply with the rules and regulations of the university and of the Office of University Housing during the period of occupation. Once the student has signed the contract and paid the deposit, he or she is expected to honor the contract for the remainder of the contract period.  Housing contracts are signed when students check into the dorms.

Download Housing Contract

Refund Policy

Refunds for residence hall rooms are subject to Business Office regulations.

Move-In Dates and Closings

Residence halls open on the day before the first day of orientation for fall semester.

New students, transfer students, and international students may move into campus housing the day before they are required to be at OCU for testing. Any returning student, including any international student, who moves into campus housing earlier than that date will be charged $40 per day.

Residence halls are closed during holidays and breaks.

What to Bring

Download Move-In Checklist

For More Information

For more information about OCU housing, contact:

David Depoiseter, Director of University Housing
Office Phone: (812) 749-1456
Email: ddepoister@oak.edu
Office: Student Life Center, Room 206

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