Living On Campus
Creating a home away from home is easy at Miami University!
Meal Plans and Other Accounts
Where will I live?
- You will live in one of our residence halls that house first-year students, some of which are also home to upper-class students.
- When logging-on to your housing contract, you will have the option to request to be placed with a random roommate, request a specific roommate, use our Roommate Search Program, or to request a Single Occupancy room.
- Not all halls are equipped for wheelchair access. If you or a visiting family member need special access, please notify the Office of Housing Options, Meals & Events (HOME) so they can coordinate your housing assignment.
- After you have submitted your housing contract, we will carefully consider your preferences and email your assignment letter in late July.
What will my room be like?
- The size and layout of rooms vary from one hall to another. The largest first-year hall houses 352 people, and the smallest houses 71. All first-year halls are coeducational, with men and women living in separate corridors within each hall.
- First-year students live in a variety of room types. The majority are rooms for two, three, or four students.
What guidance will I receive in my Hall?
- Every hall has live-in Residence Life staff including full-time professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students who are there to help you adjust to campus and with other personal concerns.
- Your hall Adviser will be a full-time employee with a master's degree who is trained to work with college students and to manage the hall. They will provide you with academic advising during your first-year.
- Carefully selected and trained upper-class students will live in each corridor and serve as Resident Assistants. These students will share their knowledge and experiences about campus activities and classes.
Programs and Activities
Welcome Brochure (pdf)
- All students at Miami participate in a Living Learning Community. Living Learning Communities allow you to live and learn alongside other students who share your interest, and you'll explore new ideas while creating friendships that last for a lifetime. See a list of our current Living Learning Communities and their descriptions!
- Students are organized by corridor groups ranging in size from 16-30 students. Corridor groups share a hallway, resident assistant, and spirit of community.
- Community Council - The residents of each First Year hall can participate in Community Council. This group plans and implements programs in the hall.
- In your hall, you will have the opportunity to participate in many types of activities, including corridor dinners, campus events, guest speakers, community service trips, and many other exciting programs.
Residential Service Options
You will use your Miami University ID Card for all of your student accounts.
All students must choose a meal plan option. Our options are summarized here, but you can still see more details in the dining section
of our site!
At the end of Spring semester, remaining Meal Plan balances will be automatically transferred to your MUlaa account. Students have the option of moving Meal Plan dollars to MUlaa two weeks prior to the end of Spring semester.
- MULaa is a debit account that is used for convenient, on-campus, non-food service operation spending. With your prepaid MULaa account, you can use your Miami ID card to pay for on-campus services such as: Miami University Bookstore purchases, IT Services Print Center, residence hall laundry facilities, campus vending machines, campus printer stations and copy machines, Miami University Box Office tickets, Recreational Sports Center Pro Shop, and the Goggin Ice Arena.
Sign-Up for MULaa on your housing contract, and the charge will be posted to your Bursar Account. You may also add money to your MUlaa account at any time with cash, check, or credit card. This account is non-refundable and remains active as long as you are a Miami student.
- MUBucks is your account for off-campus spending. With a prepaid MUBucks account, you can use your Miami ID card to make purchases at many off-campus businesses. It is a flexible, easy way to budget. Uses include textbooks, restaurants, florists, and more. You may activate your account or increase your balance online at www.MUBucks.com. MUBUcks is not operated by Miami University.
Miami offers many optional services to help make your life on campus as easy as possible. These are some of our current options that are available to you. You do not have to choose all of your options right away; you may login to your Housing Contract to sign-up at a later time. Be sure to read more about these services
- LAUNDRY SERVICE is your chance to have us do your laundry. We provide you with a laundry bag, and will wash one load of laundry each week for you. Sign-up for this service on your contract.
- ROOM CLEANING SERVICE is a convenient service available to help you keep your room clean. Our friendly housekeeping staff will come to clean your room twice a month. Sign-up for this service on your contract.
- START FRESH is a handy kit that includes all the essentials to begin doing your own laundry on campus. Sign-up for this service on your contract.
- BOX FANS are available to purchase, and will be ready for you when you arrive in the fall. Sign-up for this service on your contract.
- AIR CONDITIONERS are available for rental in rooms that are not centrally air-conditioned. For safety reasons, private air conditioners are not permitted, and some halls accommodate a limited number of units. You must submit a doctor's statement by May 15 to the Student Health Service at 421 South Campus Avenue to be guaranteed an assignment in an air-conditioned hall/air-conditioned unit.
- REFRIGERATORS can be rented from the university, and will be in your room when you arrive. Private refrigerators are not permitted. Sign-up for this service on your contract.
- MIAMI NOTEBOOK is Miami's official student laptop program. Along with a great computer, this program provides software support designed to make computing at Miami easy. Request to receive more information on your contract, and we will follow-up with you.
- TEXTBOOK PRE-ORDER PROGRAM allows you to pre-order your textbooks at the Miami University Bookstore. Request to receive more information on your contract, and we will follow-up with you.
1 Provisions of the University Residence Hall Contract
Residence & Meal Plan Contract
Office of Housing Options, Meals & Events (HOME)
Miami University - 111 Shriver Center - Oxford, Ohio 45056
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A BINDING LEGAL CONTRACT FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND
SEMESTERS OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-2014.
1. TERMS OF AGREEMENT
I understand that this contract obligates me to pay the room rent and
board charge for both first and second semesters of academic year
2013-2014. I further understand that a release from this contractual
obligation will be made only upon written notification of graduation,
marriage, student teaching, co-op, study abroad or internship (where
it is necessary for the student to live in another community),
withdrawal from the University, or by cancellation for continuing
students who are not bound by the residency requirement within of
signing the contract. I understand this only releases me for the
semester I am away, and if I return at anytime during the 2013-2014
academic year, I will be bound to this contract. Rates are subject to
adjustments which may be enacted by the Miami University Board of
Trustees; provided, however, that the combined room rent and board
charge may not be increased by more than $25.00 per semester.
2. ACADEMIC YEAR
The term "academic year" as used in this Contract includes the first
and second semesters. The academic year as stated in the official
University Calendar begins on August 26, 2013 and ends on May 16, 2014
(the period between semesters, Winter Term, Thanksgiving and Spring
recesses are not included in the Contract). Students who request
housing during break periods and winter term agree to pay an
additional daily room rate and follow all provisions stated in this
contract. Residents are to occupy
their assigned spaces only
in accordance with instructions in their
assignment. Policies will be enforced and charges may be
assessed for occupancy during periods not covered by the Contract.
Student must request housing from the HOME Office, via
MyCard Break Housing Sign-Up prior to any designated university
periods or Winter Term in order to stay in university
For those preregistered, the room rent must be paid for each semester
by the date shown on the invoice of fees and charges. Those not
preregistered must pay the room rent at the time of registration.
4. MEAL PLAN
All residents are required to purchase a University Meal Plan or pay
the Program Assessment as listed on this contract. The Diplomat
account level you choose will be charged prior to both first and
second semesters. Students may change account levels prior to the
first day of classes, each semester. The remaining first semester
balance will carry over to second semester for returning students, but
is automatically transferred to a MUlaa account for those students
leaving Miami. Second semester ending balances are automatically
transferred to a MUlaa account. Some scholarship meal plans are
excluded from the fall to spring balance carry over, and balance
transfer to MUlaa account policies.
5. STUDENT STATUS
Students who live in the residence halls are required to be a
full-time or part-time student and must register for at least 9 credit
hours each semester and be declared an Oxford campus student.
6. CHOICE OF LAW
This contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the
State of Ohio, regardless of the place of execution. Any legal action
arising pursuant to this contract shall be brought in a court of
competent jurisdiction in the State of Ohio.
A. The policy of the University is that discrimination against any
individual for reasons of race, color, creed, national origin,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status
is specifically prohibited. Accordingly, equal access to employment
opportunities, admission, educational programs, and all other
University activities are extended to all persons. The University's
Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity, Hanna House, is responsible
for the coordination of matters relating to equal opportunity and
B. The University agrees to make assignments without discrimination
and to avoid changes of original assignments for reasons of race,
color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran
status, or sexual orientation.
8. ROOM ENTRY, INSPECTIONS AND LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES
A. The University affirms its respect for each resident's right to
privacy in his/her room and agrees to make a reasonable effort to give
at least 24 hours notice prior to making inspections for damage and
B. The University regards room entry for purposes of improvements,
maintenance, cleaning, recovery of unauthorized University-owned
property, and fire and safety inspections as necessary for the health
and general welfare of all residents and, therefore, entry is agreed
to and authorized by the resident.
C. The resident is responsible for and agrees to pay the University
for any damages to the residence hall room and for any damage caused
by the resident to the residence hall.
D. A resident's request for maintenance service will constitute
authorization to enter resident's room.
E. Except as indicated in this section, the University agrees that
entry without notice will be made only in emergencies to protect or
ensure protection of life, limb, or property.
A. The University agrees to consider the information and preferences
indicated on the Contract.
B. The University may alter the resident's room or hall assignment to
comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), disciplinary
reasons, catastrophe, renovation or closing of facility, consolidation
of vacancies, unavailability of space, roommate incompatibility or if
the change is determined by the University to be of benefit to the
student or the University.
A. The University acknowledges, and the resident is hereby made aware,
that criminal activity, personal injury, and theft occur, and that the
risk exists for such future occurrence on University premises,
specifically within and around Residence and Dining Halls. Therefore,
the resident agrees to assume responsibility for his or her own
personal safety and security, as well as for his or her own personal
B. The University does not assume responsibility for any residents',
guests', or other persons' loss of money or valuables, or for the loss
of or damage to property, or injuries, personal or otherwise,
sustained on or about the Residence and Dining Halls premises.
C. The University recommends that the resident contact his or her
local insurance carrier concerning the availability of protection
against such losses.
11. ENROLLMENT STATUS
The resident agrees to vacate the assigned residence hall space and
check out of the hall room within 48 hours after loss of status as an
enrolled student. If the resident fails to vacate within the 48 hours,
the proper authorities will be notified. All costs shall be charged to
12. NONPAYMENT AND ADDITIONAL FEES
A. The resident agrees that failure to make payments as prescribed
does not relieve the resident of contract obligations, and understands
that nonpayment may result in removal from the residence hall,
reassignment of current room, denial of residence hall services,
cancellation of current student enrollment, and denial of subsequent
University registration until the amounts due are paid.
B. The resident agrees to pay the activity fee assessed by the
C. The resident will be charged a lockout fee of $7.00 each time Miami
University employees are called upon to provide entry to the residence
hall and/or the resident's room for the student.
A. The resident understands and agrees that the resident's contract is
for a room assignment determined by the University, not for any
particular room, and that the University may reassign the student to
another room or residence hall for any reason stated in paragraph 9B,
at any time when there is reasonable cause to believe that the
resident has violated the Guide to Residence Hall Living, the Code of
Student Conduct, and/or posted residence hall rules established by
University officials or shows a disregard for the residential
community and/or specific living area environment.
1. The resident agrees to move to the designated room immediately upon
notification of the reassignment.
2. Reassignment is not a judicial action and is not a termination of
the housing contract. The resident understands and agrees, however,
that reassignment does not preclude the University from separately and
additionally pursuing judicial action or termination of the contract.
B. The procedures for reassignment are as follows:
1. Recommendation for reassignment will be made by a hall adviser or
the appropriate Associate Director of Residence Life or Director of
2. A decision to reassign a resident will be based on a review, by a
hall adviser in consultation with the appropriate Associate Director
of Residence Life and/or the Director of Residence Life, of available
evidence of a violation;
3. If reasonably possible, and depending upon the nature and
seriousness of the alleged violation, the hall adviser or the
appropriate Associate Director of Residence Life will talk with the
resident before making a decision on reassignment; or
4. A resident who is reassigned in accordance with this provision can
request an appeal by contacting the Office of Residence Life.
14. CONTRACT TERMINATION / REMOVAL FROM RESIDENCE HALL
A. The University may terminate this contract at any time if the
University determines that:
1. The resident is delinquent in his/her tuition, residence hall or
meal plan fees or any part thereof;
2. The resident's behavior shows a disregard for the residential
community and/or the specific living area environment;
3. The resident has misrepresented any fact on this contract;
4. The resident has violated any term of this contract or violated any
University rule, regulation or policy, including but not limited to,
the Guide to Residence Hall Living, the Code of Student Conduct;
5. The resident is not eligible for enrollment or is not enrolled for
9 hours or more as a student at Miami;
6. The resident is, or is required to be, a registered sex offender
pursuant to any federal, state or local law or has been convicted of a
B. Any resident whose contract is being terminated for other than
disciplinary reasons may request a hearing before the Director of
Residence Life, or his/her designee, whose decision shall be final. In
all other instances, the Code of Student Conduct shall govern the
removal process. Breach of contract may also result in cancellation of
current enrollment and in denial of subsequent University
C. The resident who moves out of a residence hall during the term of
contract without relief from contract obligations continues to be
liable for residence hall and meal plan fees which will accrue against
his/her account whether or not services are taken.
D. Any unpaid fees or charges will be added to the student's
University bill. Enrollment, grades and/or transcripts may be denied
by Miami University until such time as the bill is paid in full.
E. The resident agrees that charges for any semester continue to
accrue until the resident officially checks out.
15. ID CARDS
A. The resident agrees to be responsible for the ID card to his or her
assigned room or suite and not to transfer use of the ID card.
B. The resident agrees to report loss of the assigned ID card and to
pay the charges affected by the loss of the ID card.
C. Your card is as valuable as cash or a credit card. Safeguard your
card. Keep it with you at all times and do not leave it unsecured.
Miami is not responsible for any loss, theft or misuse of your ID
card. A lost or stolen ID card should be reported immediately by
calling 513-529-LOST (5678).
16. ONLINE DIRECTORY
The university publishes a public electronic directory of student
names and phone numbers. If you wish to request exemption from having
your listing published, please send a written request to the Office of
the Registrar, 102 Campus Avenue Building by July 15, 2013.
17. UNIVERSITY CONTRACT CONFIRMATION DEPOSIT
You are required to submit a $425 deposit which includes the $330
university contract confirmation deposit and $95 admission fee upon
submission of this agreement. The Office of Admission does not refund
any portion of the confirmation deposit to students who choose not to
attend Miami University. The University Contract Confirmation Deposit
is NOT available for credit on room rent at the beginning of any
semester. The University Contract Confirmation Deposit less any unpaid
charges, will be applied retroactively toward your final academic term
I understand and agree to be bound by the University policy regarding
refunds of room rents paid at the beginning of a semester which are
refundable in cases of withdrawal from the University as follows:
(Please note that the University Contract Confirmation Deposit is
forfeited in all instances.)
A. Withdrawal during the first five class days of a semester - 100%
B. Withdrawal during the sixth through the eighth class day of a
semester - 90% room rent.
C. Withdrawal during the ninth through the twentieth class day of a
semester - 50% room rent.
D. Withdrawal during the twenty-first through the thirtieth class day
of a semester - 35% room rent.
E. Withdrawal during the thirty-first through the fortieth class day
of a semester - 25% room rent.
F. Withdrawal after the fortieth class day of a semester - no refund
of room rent.
19. MUlaa ACCOUNT
If a student registers for the MUlaa option on the contract, a credit
will be placed in a debit account to be used for the Miami Bookstore,
Print Center, on campus laundry, vending, Miami Box Office, Goggin Ice
Center, and Rec Center Pro-Shop. This charge will appear on their fall
semester bursar statement. This account will remain active as long as
the student is enrolled. All unused balances are non-refundable.
20. REFRIGERATORS AND AIR CONDITIONING UNITS
If you wish to have a refrigerator in your room, university owned
units may be rented at the cost of $90 per academic year. Roommates
may split the cost if all choose this option. To guarantee air
conditioning, you must notify the Office of Housing Options, Meals &
Events (HOME) and be medically approved for air conditioning by
University Health Services by May 15, 2013. You may either be placed
in an air-conditioned hall upon request (as availability permits), or
rent a university owned A/C unit at the cost of $300 per academic
year. Private refrigerators and air conditioning units are not
permitted. The number of air conditioning units in each residence hall
may be limited due to electrical capacity. The last day to cancel an
air conditioning unit and receive a refund is August 31, 2013.
The resident acknowledges that subletting of the room is strictly
22. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY ROOM RENTAL PAYMENTS WITH THE APPLICATION AND
A semester's invoice of fees and charges will be provided at a later
2013-2014 ROOM RATES PER SEMESTER
$2,664 - Double/Triple/Quad Occupancy Rooms
$2,930 - Renovated Double/Triple/Quad Occupancy Rooms
$3,370 - Etheridge or Maplestreet Hall Double Occupancy Rooms
$3,765 - Single Room, Super Quad or Miami Inn Double
$4,142 - Renovated Single Occupancy Rooms
$4,400 - Double room used as a single
$4,763 - Etheridge or Maplestreet Hall Single Occupancy Rooms
$4,857 - Premier Single or Miami Inn Single