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Live on Campus

While living on campus is not required at Oakland, it definitely has its advantages. Studies show that first-year students who live on campus are more likely to excel in the classroom and stay on track for graduation. 

More than 2,000 students choose to live on OU's beautiful and safe campus — where everything you need is within a 10-minute walk. Plus, without having to commute, you can spend more time enjoying the full university experience residence life provides! 

If you want to live on campus in fall 2013, you are welcome to apply for Housing beginning March 1, 2013.


Fitzgerald Househill housevan wagoner house
hamlin hallvandenberg

OU's five unique residence halls provide amenities like free cable and wireless Internet, lounges with big screen TVs, free laundry and parking (and even free toilet paper!) at no additional cost. 

While living on campus, you can also take advantage of OU Housing's employment and leadership opportunities; the department employs over a hundred students in various leadership roles.

Students who live on campus also have access to professional academic counseling through University Housing's Student Success Assistant and full-time academic support from Academic Peer Mentors who live right in the residence halls.

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On-campus dining options include an all-you-can-eat dining hall and a mall-style food court. The cost of your meal plan is included in your room and board rate. 

Double occupancy on-campus room and board is estimated to be $8,576 per year for the 2013-2014 academic year. 

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Oakland University’s campus, residence halls and apartments are among the safest in Michigan. Safety procedures and services, like visual escorts to your vehicle or building, are in place to ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone at OU. 

Night Watch requires proper ID to enter residence halls during the evening hours and a student ID is required to access stairwells and elevators leading up to the residence floors in Vandenberg and Hamlin. In our smaller res halls, outside doors are locked 24 hours a day and residents must use their room key to enter. 

The OU Police Department is on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can generally respond to emergency calls within 90 seconds. Emergencies can be communicated by:

  • Call 911 from any campus phone
  • Call (248) 370-3333 from a cell phone
  • Text dispatch at
  • E-mail dispatch at
  • Push the button on one of the emergency blue light phones placed strategically around campus

Oakland also encourages everyone to sign up for the text message emergency notification system, which is used in the event of an emergency or school closing. 

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 March - Apply for fall housing, July -  Get room assignments,  November - Apply for winter housing
Ask About Housing

University Housing Office
448 Hamlin Hall
(248) 370-3570

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
More info: Housing website