Housing and Food

Orientation Housing for Students and Families

Staying overnight in the residence halls at orientation is a helpful experience that supports students' transitions to on-campus living in the fall. Both students and family members may choose to stay overnight in campus residence halls, but on-campus housing is not required during the orientation process. 

The housing reservation system will open on Thursday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time; residence hall rooms are booked separately from the orientation process itself.  

Residence Hall Room Fee: $82.95 plus tax (6.5%) and a 10% service fee per room (for a double-occupancy traditional residence hall room) due at the time of booking. Each room generally has two twin-size beds; some rooms may be triples.  All rooms come with linens, pillows, and blankets (for orientation only) and all rooms have air-conditioning. 

Reserve Orientation Housing

All orientation housing will be located on Western campus, in residence halls within close proximity of the Armstrong Student Center, where most of orientation takes place. Housing will be in Young, Stonebridge, and Hillcrest Halls. Each room generally has two twin-size beds; some rooms may be triples. Young, Hillcrest, and Stonebridge rooms are arranged in "houses" with about ten individual rooms that share a common kitchen and living space, multi- and single-use restrooms, and a study room.  Each building also has a larger central living space, with a fireplace and large-screen TV. Read more about Young, Stonebridge, and Hillcrest Halls on the Miami housing website

If you would prefer to stay in other accommodations, Miami has several hotel rooms on campus at the Marcum Hotel & Conference Center. For more information or reservations at the Marcum Hotel & Conference Center, call 513-529-6911. 

If you wish to stay off campus, there are also a number of bed & breakfasts in the area, in addition to chain hotels. Please note that any accommodations in Hamilton and Fairfield are approximately 30 minutes drive from Oxford.

For a list of local accommodations, please visit the visiting Miami page.

Orientation Meals

We want to make your orientation experience enjoyable and hassle-free, and because orientation programming extends over meals (lunch and dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2), we include a meal card for each student/guest at orientation. Orientation meal cards are pre-loaded with a $40 declining balance, and will be added to students' fall semester bills. Any unused balance on student or guest meal cards can be spent at campus dining locations through the end of the fall semester; meal card balances can be obtained from a cashier at any campus dining location. No refunds will be issued for lost or unused meal cards. Meal cards will be distributed at orientation check-in.

Frequently Asked Questions About Orientation Housing

Am I automatically registered for orientation housing when I register for orientation?

No. The orientation registration and housing registration systems are separate. Orientation is required for first-year students, but staying in an orientation residence hall is not required (although encouraged!).

Do I have to/can I stay in a residence hall on campus? Can family members also stay on campus?

Staying on campus is not required, but it is encouraged. Staying overnight in the residence halls at orientation is a helpful experience that supports students' transitions to on-campus living in the fall. Both students and family members may choose to stay overnight in campus residence halls.

Residence Hall Room Fee: $82.95 plus tax (6.5%) and a 10% service fee per room (for a double-occupancy traditional residence hall room). Learn more about accommodation options on the housing and food page.

How do I reserve a residence hall room for orientation?

  1. Visit the orientation reservation system website.
  2. Create an account (used only for orientation housing) by providing your name, email, and a password. 
  3. Complete the orientation housing reservation form. 
  4. Provide payment for your reservation ($82.95 plus tax (6.5%) and a 10% service fee per room)

Can I have a roommate for orientation?

Yes; if you coordinate with someone else to do so. Orientation housing reservations function much like a hotel reservation might. The person who reserves the room purchases the room and can coordinate a roommate if they would like (e.g. family member, another student).

If I reserve an residence hall room for myself, is there any chance another person would be placed as a roommate without my knowledge?

No. We will not pair any roommates in residence hall rooms. When you reserve an orientation housing room, you are purchasing the room in full and may choose to coordinate a roommate on your own should you wish to do so.

Can I book multiple nights in orientation housing?

Yes! Just like you would make a hotel reservation, you will use the housing reservation system to book the number of nights you need.

Can I book multiple orientation housing rooms?

Yes! Just like you would make a hotel reservation, you may book the number of rooms you need, recognizing that each room contains two twin beds and will not accommodate more people than that.