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Temporary Housing

If you do not have a place to live in Columbus, you will want to reserve temporary housing before your arrival.

On-Campus Temporary Housing

Students with Ohio State Housing Contracts:

The University Housing office offers some temporary housing for international students with housing contracts. Temporary housing may be available ONLY if you sign a housing contract. The cost for temporary housing varies. Please note that you can purchase a linen package from University Housing. The linen package includes two sheets, pillowcase, pillow, blanket, towel, washcloth and bedspread. If you decide not to purchase a linen package, you must provide your own. The linen package is non-refundable and you do not return the items. You should contact University Housing to make arrangements for temporary housing by either calling (614) 292-8266 or by emailing housing@osu.edu.

Students without Ohio State Housing Contracts:

Temporary housing will not be available to students without housing contracts.

Alternative temporary housing can be found in area hotels (see below), or through arrangements with your nationality club (see below).

Off-Campus Temporary Housing

International Affairs cannot help students find permanent off-campus housing, nor can we co-sign on leases. Please visit Off-campus and Commuter Student Services for permanent off-campus housing options, or call 614-292-0100. Neighborhood Services and Collaboration offers a wealth of information about off-campus housing.

Local Hotels and Motels (contact them directly)

If you were unable to obtain on-campus housing, you will need to find a hotel room. You may wish to find a hotel near the airport if you are arriving at night. Otherwise, hotels located near the campus area include:

Be sure to mention that you are an Ohio State student or staff member.

The Blackwell Inn
2110 Tuttle Park Place
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-247-4000
Fax: 614-247-4040
This hotel is located on campus.

Fairfield Inn
3031 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614-267-1111 or
to make reservations call 1-800-228-2800
Fax: 614-267-0904
1 mile from campus
No Ohio State student rate

Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University Area
3232 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202
Phone: 614-263-7200
Fax: 614-263-7201

Holiday Inn Express
3045 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202
Phone: 614-447-1212
Fax: 614-447-1211

Homewood Suites by Hilton - OSU
1576 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221

Red Roof Inn Columbus OSU
441 Ackerman Road
Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614-267-9941
Fax: 614-267-5925
.5 miles from campus

University Inn 
3160 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614-261-0523
to make reservations: 800-329-7466
Fax: 614-261-1120
1.5 miles from campus

The Varsity Inn North
3246 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: 614-267-4646
Fax: 614-267-1535
3.5 miles from campus 

The Varsity Inn South
1445 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-291-2983
Fax: 614-291-4082
1 mile from campus

Nationality Clubs

Sometimes nationality club members may be able to help new students with temporary housing.