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Transportation to Campus

Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, is located in southwest Ohio approximately one hour from Cincinnati or Dayton. Most students fly into Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport or Dayton International Airport. There are many ways to get to campus, rental cars, Uber & Lyft, and other airport transportation services. For more help in planning your arrival to campus, please visit Enjoy Oxford’s transportation tips page.

Depending on traffic, it will take anywhere from 50 - 75 minutes to travel from either the Dayton International Airport (51 miles) or the Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport (45 miles).

Please be prepared to spend around $100 to travel from the Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport or Dayton International Airport to Oxford with a taxi or other private transportation company. You are expected to tip your driver 10-20%. You should tip more if they helped you load and unload your luggage.

Additionally, you will want to take a look at the Miami University - Oxford campus map in order to find your way around if you live on campus

ISSS Airport Pickup Service

Fall 2021 students

International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new Fall 2021 students in F-1 and J-1 student status. Please plan to participate in both virtual orientation in Canvas and in-person orientation from August 13-19, 2021. Confirmed students will be automatically invited to participate in the online orientation through Canvas. Students must register for in-person orientation.

ISSS airport pickup service for Fall 2021 students

Date and Time: Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 09:00 AM
Location: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG) International Airport DoubleTree hotel
Cost: $30 (U.S. Dollars)

Fall 2021 Students: Register for Airport Pickup Service

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 students new to US

Optional orientation activities and pick-up services is offered to students in F-1 and J-1 student status arriving in-person to Miami University for the first time. Be sure to register for orientation activities if you plan to arrive early and participate in orientation.

ISSS airport pickup service for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 students

Date and Time: Monday, August 16, 2021 at 09:00 AM
Location: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG) International Airport DoubleTree hotel
Cost: $30 (U.S. Dollars)

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Students: Register for Airport Pickup Service

University Services During Orientation


Miami University requires all new undergraduate students who are beginning their studies in the U.S. for the first time to live in a residence hall during their first two years of study. This way, you can make new friends and more easily become involved in campus life. You can view more information about the First Year and Second Year Residency Requirements on the Campus Service Center webpage. Additionally, see more information about Residence Hall Housing Rates.

Students who are living on-campus should submit their Residence Hall and Meal Plan Contract.

Students living on-campus will be receiving their room assignments via email. For questions about housing or your room assignment, please visit Campus Service Center.

A nightly fee which ranges from $30.00 - $45.00 will be placed on your account from the day you arrive until the date your housing contract takes effect. All new students (including domestic students) must pay this early arrival room charge until their housing contract takes effect.

Please see Frequently Asked Questions about housing for useful information as you prepare for your journey to Miami.


  • Students who ordered bedding, lamps, and other things from the Stuff4MyRoom program will have those items ready in their rooms when they arrive.
  • In the afternoon of the pick up day, a bus will be provided to transport students to and from Walmart giving students the opportunity to buy bedding, food, and other essentials. Please ask iPOLs (International Peer Orientation Leaders) for more information.

No Smoking Policy

Please note that the Miami campus is a completely smoke-free environment. This means NO SMOKING anywhere on campus - inside or outside and including all residence halls!

On-Campus Housing for Graduate Students

Graduate students are encouraged to live off campus. Please see the Off-Campus Outreach webpage for information about apartments in Oxford, resources for finding a roommate, and more!


Miami University has a variety of options for dining choices. If you are a student living on-campus, you will likely have a meal plan. Because there are a variety of meal plans to choose from, we encourage you to read more about on-campus meal plans.

  • On-campus, you will find several Places to Eat, from all you care to eat options to buying fresh from the market. A Miami favorite is the stir fry option at Armstrong Student Center!
  • Off-campus, at the Restaurants in Oxford, you can find cuisine selections ranging from chicken wings to bubble tea.

If you are a student at the Middletown or Hamilton campus, please see Dining at the Regionals.


At Miami, you will find that you can easily walk to several places on-campus and in the Oxford area. For moments when you need additional transportation, several options are available.

The most common form of transportation that students use to navigate Oxford and between Miami University campuses is the Butler County Regional Transit Authority (BCRTA) buses. Please note that the availability for each bus route changes throughout the year and depends greatly on when classes are in session.