Student Life and Living

Student Life and Living

Off Campus Student Services
Phone - 330-972-5500

Off Campus Student Services (OCSS) is a resource center and an administrative office dedicated to helping commuter and off-campus students. OCSS is located in the Student Union, near the commuter lounge. Students may stop in for assistance during posted hours or by phone.

Student Recreation and Wellness Services
Phone: 330-972-2348

Fax: 330-972-6715

With Student Recreation & Wellness Services, there is so much to explore! Their mission is to serve and engage all students to learn, develop and succeed through innovative recreation and wellness opportunities that encourage healthy and balanced lifestyles. The department includes the following: 1) Club Sports, 2) Aquatics, 3) Intramurals, 4) Outdoor Adventure Center, 5) Fitness & Wellness.
SRWS are comprised of two facilities:

  • Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SWRC): Amenities include a leisure pool with a current river and vortex, spa, jogging track, cardio and strength equipment, five multi-function gyms, group exercise studios, climbing wall and adventure gear rental.
  • Ocasek Natatorium (ONAT): Amenities include an Olympic-size swimming pool, racquetball courts and fitness area. This facility is still available at no cost for all enrolled students, faculty and staff.

Residence Life and Housing
Phone - 330-972-7800
Email -

The Department of Residence Life and Housing is administratively responsible for managing the University's student housing program. The University provides reasonably priced, clean, convenient and secure residence hall facilities. In addition, the residence hall program is committed to providing a meaningful living/learning environment which directly supports the education, social and personal development of each student. The Department of Residence Life and Housing supervises and manages 12 on-campus residence hall facilities accommodating approximately 3,200 students. Students are encouraged to apply for residence hall accommodations as soon as possible.

Freshman Residential Policy Requirement

The University of Akron is committed to providing a learning environment supportive of its academic mission and complementary to its academic programs. The University acknowledges that national studies find that first-year freshman uniquely benefit from a residence hall experience. Social integration and access to faculty, staff and institutional resources are enhanced through an on-campus residential experience. The University considered and accepted findings that living on-campus positively influences academic persistence and success, including degree completion. For all these reasons, all first-year freshman students at The University of Akron are required to reside in University residence halls for the duration of their freshman academic year at the University as long as space is available. Upon admission to the University, all first-year freshman students will be required to make application for residence in University housing and will be assigned and assessed appropriate room and board fees, so long as space is available and/or unless the student is subject to one of the exemptions below.

Exemptions to the Freshman Residential Policy include:

  • Permanent home residence with parents or legal guardians who reside in: Summit, Portage, Stark, Wayne or Medina counties
  • Registered for fewer than 6 credit hours
  • 21+ years of age
  • Military experience 1+ years
  • Married (proof of marriage required)
  • Student is parent with custodial care responsibilities (proof of custody care required)
  • Other extenuating circumstances, including but not limited to special dietary needs or conditions, cultural or religious needs or accommodations, undue hardship, or an other circumstance(s) in support of an exemption which, if not granted, would undermine or contravene the purpose of the Freshman Residential Requirement Policy

Students seeking exemption from the Freshman Residential Policy should contact the Department of Residence Life and Housing to request the Freshman Residential Requirement Policy and Exemption Procedures and Petition packet, or can visit the Resident Life and Housing web site and download the necessary forms.

Housing Options and Rates

Residence hall room and board rates for 2013-2014 are listed below. All rates quoted are for the full academic year (vacation periods excluded).

Residence HallCost/Academic Year
Orr, Spanton (double) $6,622
Ritchie (single), Sisler McFawn (single), Quaker Square, Bulger (suites), Spanton (suites) $6,956
Honors (double), Spicer (double/triple), South (double) $7,412
Honors, Exchange Street, Spicer, South (single) $8,908
Exchange Street (apartment) $9,308

Dining Options and Rates

All residence hall students must have a dining plan, except residents of Townhouses and Exchange Street Apartments where kitchen facilities are available. Non-resident students, staff and faculty may also purchase a dining plan at any Zip Card Office location. All dining plans are valid for one semester only. The University ID Card, "The Zip Card," is activated as a debit card.

Resident Freshmen Dining PlansCost/SemesterCost/Academic Year

Traditional Dining Plans

19-meal plan $1,880 $3,760
15-meal plan $1,727 $3,454
12-meal plan $1,680 $3,360

Rob's Dining Plan

Unlimited Swipes $1,800 $3,600
Flex Dining Plans*Cost/SemesterCost/Academic Year
Blue Dining Plan
$300 in My Dining Dollars + 7 meals per week $1,396 $2,792
Gold Dining Plan
$750 in My Dining Dollars + 10 meals per week $2,120 $4,240

* Not available to freshmen living on campus

Non-Resident Plans**Cost/SemesterCost/Academic Year
Light Blue Dining Plan
$250 in My Dining Dollars + 3 meals per week at any on-campus dining operation (excludes national brands) $660 $1,320
Any Five Plan
$100 in My Dining Dollars + 5 meals per week at any on-campus dining operation (excludes national brands) $660 $1,320

** Available only to student living off-campus, residents of the Exchange Street Apartments with kitchens, residents of the Townhouses, faculty and staff

Rates are as of fall 2013

Student Judicial Affairs
Phone - 330-972-6380
Email -

Student Judicial Affairs is the department that receives and reviews referrals that allege violations of the University's Code of Student Conduct. The University of Akron has the responsibility to protect the rights, health and safety of our academic community and to ensure that the members of our community may pursue their educational goals without undue interference. The development and enforcement of standards of conduct for students is an educational endeavor, which fosters students' personal and social development. Students are expected to abide by applicable federal, state and local laws and may be held accountable for any violations in which they are involved.

Student Life
Phone – 330-972-7866

The Department of Student Life is committed to building community through collaborative learning experiences for students that provide them with the opportunity to engage, serve and lead. Student Life encompasses 1) Student Union, 2) Center for Service and Leadership, 3) Zips Programming Network, 4) Civic Engagement, 5) Leadership Programs, 6) All Campus Programming, and 7) Fraternity and Sorority Life.

  • Student Union
    Phone– 330-972-7866

    The Student Union, located in the center of campus, houses numerous functions of student life and student engagement, and serves students, faculty and staff. This facility offers various food venues, ballroom and meeting rooms, theater, billiards and bowling, student organization workstations, Student Judicial Affairs, DocuZip copy center, PNC bank, Information Center, Starbucks, Zip Card Office and Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Visit our web site for more information and a listing of daily activities. 
  • Center for Service and Leadership
    Phone – 330-972-7021

    The Center for Service and Leadership (CSL) houses offices for Greek leaders, Zips Programming Network, Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Government and numerous student organization pods or work stations. The CSL is your one-stop-shop for information on involvement and can be found on the first floor of the Student Union, across from the Game Room.
  • Zips Programming Network
    Phone – 330-972-7014

    The Zips Programming Network (ZPN) is the all-campus activities board responsible for providing educational, cultural, social, recreational and musical events for the campus community. With events such as speakers, movies, festivals, casino nights, inflatables, novelties, performers and comedians, there is sure to be an event or program that meets your interest!  Being a part of ZPN enhances your collegiate experience through leadership opportunities, exciting possibilities and FUN!
  • Civic Engagement (serveAkron)
    Phone – 330-972-7352
    Email –

    Civic Engagement Programs (also known as serveAkron) has a variety of events and opportunities to meet your needs. Service experiences are hosted every week, and with more than 60 community partners there is an opportunity for you to get involved in service. Super Service Saturdays, donation drives, Make a Difference Day, awareness weeks/days and Alternative Spring Break are just a small highlight of the more than 50 programs offered each year. Enhance your time here at UA through service to the community and others by finding a service opportunity that fits your needs, hobbies, or interests.
  • Leadership Programs
    Phone – 330-972-7157

    Leadership Programs offers dynamic, diverse, and engaging leadership programs for all students, staff, and faculty at The University of Akron. Programs are developed to educate individuals about leadership as it relates to the development of self, understanding of others, and use in the various contexts that make up our day to day environments. Whether you are a student leader in an organization or looking for ways to develop your skills, Leadership Programs offers a variety of events and speakers that can help you develop your strengths.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
    Phone – 330-972-7909
    Email –

    The Greek community at The University of Akron consists of a group of diversified men and women belonging to 24 different fraternities and sororities. The fraternity and sorority community provides a home on campus for many University of Akron students, providing them with an involvement experience that transcends well beyond their collegiate years. Fraternity and sorority membership can offer a more well-rounded, co-curricular college experience. Members are afforded the opportunity for growth and excellence in academic, leadership, service learning and social arenas.
  • Student Organization Resource Center (SOuRCe)
    Phone – 330-972-2483
    Email –

    The Student Organization Resource Center (SOuRCe) is located within the Center for Service and Leadership, on the first floor of the Student Union, across from the Game Room.  The SOuRCe provides services for registered student organizations regarding finances, leadership programming and social activities. Students looking to get involved on campus are encouraged to visit OrgSync, the University’s private online community for organizations, by visiting

Undergraduate Student Government
Phone - 330-972-7002

Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is the representative governing body for undergraduate students. USG provides services and forums to address students needs, participates in University governance and determines funding allocations for recognized and registered undergraduate organizations.




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