Living On and Off Campus

Off-Campus Students

Recorded August 4, 2020

On-Campus Students

Recorded August 5, 2020

Many students are wondering what the campus experience will look like this fall. You need to expect that this will be a term unlike any others. For this term, you need to be more aware than ever of the impact that you can have on others. Limiting the size of the group of people you socialize with, taking daily health precautions, limiting visitors or trips out of town, and taking responsibility for your well-being and the well-being of your classmates, faculty, and roommates, will make a difference of whether we can make it through this semester together. It’s a lot to ask-- but these are extraordinary times, and they require extraordinary actions.

At the same time, creating a sense of community and connection is still a priority, and key to the Miami experience. That hasn't changed. Student Life, as well as student leaders, have been working hard all summer to work on plans to help students connect in creative ways through student organizations, and to have engaging programs that are held in smaller groups. It is likely that your friend circle will need to be smaller this semester, so we will help build connections in residence halls, by affinity groups, and through student organizations, with far fewer campuswide programs- at least for now.

This section will provide more details to keep in mind as you plan for the fall.

Move In

To promote physical distancing, students were assigned a move-in day and time in their housing assignment email, which was sent on July 15, 2020. Because of the delay of residence hall move-in, students will shortly receive a new assignment letter with a new assignment date. Move-in will occur between Monday, September 14 through Sunday, September 20. 

Learn more about move-in procedures, what to bring, and safety precautions for move-in day.

Move Out

While the last day of classes is November 20, 2020 (final exams are December 2-8), to help maintain physical distancing during move-out, the halls and apartments will close on November 25th, 2020.

Living On Campus

students getting to know each other in their residence hall common area while social distancing and wearing masks

At the first floor meeting after you return to campus, your RA will provide you with information about health measures you will be expected to take on your floor and in your building, guidelines for using common spaces, and community expectations regarding visitors.

Building a sense of community in the halls is still a priority, especially for new students, so while you will need to take precautions to help keep your floor healthy, we will continue to offer engaging programs in the halls to help you have a strong, fun, and meaningful living experience.

Living Off Campus

Be in direct contact with your landlord about accessing your rental property that includes move-in dates and other specific details. Students living off campus are expected to follow CDC and State of Ohio guidelines regarding social gatherings at your homes and apartments to help keep our communities as healthy and safe as possible.

Facial coverings should be worn everywhere you go such as shopping or walking around your local communities. It is expected that you follow the local mandates and ordinances of your community.

If you are unable to return to campus prior to the beginning of the Fall semester on August 17 for any reason (travel, housing, etc.), you should notify your instructors as soon as possible to discuss the situation.

Find additional resources and information about being a tenant, access this website, Off-Campus Outreach.


Parking on campus will remain the same. For more information, we recommend visiting the following websites which will provide the most updated plan for parking, bus service, IDs, and Meal Plans

Register Your Vehicle

Bus Transportation, BCRTA

The Butler County Regional Transit Authority will be providing fixed route, BCare paratransit, and Saferide services for students and faculty this Fall. Several of the routes have been modified to accommodate capacity issues in previous terms so that social distancing measures can be better-controlled on-board the vehicle.

BCRTA in accordance with state and local mandates is requiring all riders to wear a mask while on the vehicle. There will be hand sanitizer available on the vehicles and our maintenance team will be ensuring a complete cleaning schedule is performed on all vehicles every 48 hours to provide a safe and comfortable experience for all riders.

Information on routes and stop times can be found online or by downloading the Transit mobile app on either Apple or Android devices.