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How to Apply for Campus Housing

Welcome to Oklahoma City University! University Housing and Residence Life is excited that you decided to join the OCU Family and that you decided to live on campus. We have multiple options based on your classification and below you will find detailed information about applying to live on campus.

Fall Housing

Spring Housing

Summer Housing

Frequently Asked Questions


Fall Housing

New Students

  • Applications Available January 27
  • All students classified by Admissions under the age of 21 before the first day of classes are required to live on campus unless an exemption is granted by University Housing.
  • Housing Applications are available beginning January 27 and room assignment information will be sent to your OCU email address in mid-June.
  • Students who meet one or more of the following criteria may apply for an exemption:
    • married students
    • military duty
    • 21 years or older
    • living in a fraternity house
    • students living with a parent or guardian within 30 miles of campus
  • Students who wish to apply for an exemption should complete and submit a Residency Requirement Exemption Form. To apply for on-campus housing, please visit OCU Housing Management System.

Current Students

  • Housing Reapplication (Pending)
  • Current on-campus students who plan to live on campus for the 2019-2020 academic year must go through the Reapplication process, which consists of the room retention and room selections options.
  • Once a completed application is received, the student will be given a window of time to retain their current space if all beds are filled, and another time slot to select a new space on campus as long as bed spaces are filled within the room/apartment.
  • Student should be regularly be checking their OCU email accounts for any updates. Please visit the returning student reapplication process page for more details.

Spring Housing

  • Application Available October 28
  • Spring Housing Assignments will be sent out in early December
  • Do I have to live on campus?
    • All students who are under the age of 21 and are enrolled full time before the first day of classes must live on campus.
    • All incoming students must apply for on campus housing or apply for an exemption. Students who meet one or more of the following criteria may apply for an exemption:
      • married students
      • military duty
      • 21 years or older
      • living in a fraternity house
      • commuter to campus within a 30-mile radius and living with their parent/guardian
    • Students who wish to apply for an exemption should complete and submit a Residency Requirement Exemption Form. To apply for on-campus housing, please visit OCU Housing management System.
    • Incoming new students are allowed to start checking in on Friday, January 10, 2020 and will obtain their room keys at the front desk of their assigned residence hall and move into their assigned rooms between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM.
    • Incoming Physician Assistant students are allowed to check on Friday, January 3, 2020 and will obtain their room keys at the front desk of their assigned residence hall and move into their assigned rooms between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM.
    • Continuing students may begin to return to their assigned rooms and pick up their room keys at the front desk of their assigned residence hall on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 9:00AM.
    • Students may check into their assigned rooms any time AFTER their assigned time until Friday, January 24, 2020.

Summer Housing

  • Application Available (Pending)
  • Students are encouraged to submit Summer and Maymester housing application materials early to ensure an assignment in a timely manner. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of three (3) credit hours to be eligible to reside on campus.
  • The Maymester and Summer Housing Application will open on and can be found at the OCU Housing management System.
  • Term Dates:
    • Maymester term: May 6, 2019 to May 23, 2019
    • Summer term: May 28, 2019 to July 25, 2019
  • Room Placement:
    • All Maymester Students will continue to reside in their spring assignments until they check out.
    • All summer residents are placed in Cokesbury Apartments.
  • Meal Plan:
    • The Cafeteria, and Market are open during the summer but students are not required to have a meal during the Maymester and Summer Terms. Hours are limited. Please contact Dining Services for available times.
  • Contract Cancellation:
    • If you cancel your contract within 7 days of Maymester Term classes and 14 days within Summer Term classes starting you will be billed for the entire term. If it is 15 days or greater before the Maymester and Summer terms, there is no cancellation fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I pack my things to make moving in easier?

In order to be certain that your belongings make it to your room safely, please follow these guidelines when packing:

  • Pack everything in a box, suitcase, or storage bin. Loose items are more likely to get lost and create more trips back and forth. In addition, in the event of inclement weather, your belongings will be much safer in a box than on their own!
  • Size matters (and weight too)! Remember that, in a lot of cases, you will be using stairs and not elevators to move your belongings. You will likely want to avoid bulky or particularly heavy items.
  • Plan for your shopping in Oklahoma City! Remember that you don't need to buy everything before you get here. Sometimes you will even have a better idea of what you need once you are here.
  • Communicate! Make sure that you have talked with your roommate and made an effort to avoid duplicating items for your room. This will not only save you trips but will save time and money as well!
  • Be informed! Make sure that you have read the Housing Contract and know what is and is not allowed in your room. Again, this will save time and effort for everyone.

Where do I go when I arrive on campus to move in?

  • For the Fall Semester, students will go directly to their central check-in location that is stated in the move-in instructions.
  • For the Spring and Summer Semester, students will go directly to their assigned residence hall to obtain their room key.

Where do I park?

OCU's online parking map is here. Further parking questions should be directed to the OCU Police at 405-208-5001.

Where do I live?

  • For the Fall Semester, Students will receive their room assignment in late June.
  • For the Spring Semester, Students will receive their room assignment in December.

Any tips for moving in?

Bring along a dolly or handcart to make moving in easier — this will help you to move more items at once and reduce the overall number of trips back and forth. If you live within a 3-hour drive of OCU, consider bringing just the essentials along with enough clothing for 2 weeks. After a couple of weeks, you will have a better idea of what you really need and what can realistically fit in your room. You can then either go home to get these things or have a family member bring them to you.

Which residence halls have elevators?

Methodist Hall and Walker Hall are the only halls that have elevators. Banning Hall, Draper Hall, and Cokesbury Apartments have stairs to each floor/apartment.

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