Housing at The University of Akron

On-campus residence halls

Residence halls requirement:

  • All new English Language Institute students are required to live on campus in one of our award-winning residence halls for the first two years of their time at UA.
  • Living on campus will help you acclimate to campus and make friends.
  • While budgeting your accommodation costs, please be aware that there is an additional charge to remain in the residence halls over winter and summer breaks.
  • If you need to apply for an exemption to living on campus fill out the Freshman Exemption Petition
    • Use this form for all academic levels
    • This form will go to Res Life for approval not the International Center

Apply to live on-campus

    1. Sign on to My Akron using your UA credentials (UANet ID & password).
    2. Select “My Experience” at the top of the page/window.
    3. Select the “Manage Housing” icon from the left menu.

Incoming admitted students

Fall 2019 students:

  • Residence halls will open for ELI students on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
  • If you need to access your room between August 14 - August 23 (Aug. 23 is the move in date for US students), complete the early arrival form in the My Housing portal in your My Akron, so that Residence Life knows you are coming and get your room ready for you.
  • You must let Residence Life know to expect you by filling out the early arrival form and be sure to tell them you are an international student.

*Arriving before August 14, 2019

Off-Campus Housing

If you choose to live off-campus, Off-Campus Living assists students with finding housing in the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as many other services.

  • Off-Campus living connects many landlords and renters, but please note, there are many available places for rent that may not be listed through their website.

Choosing an off-campus residence

  • When choosing a place we strongly encourage you to thoroughly inspect your apartment/house prior to committing legally.
  • Make sure that you understand the terms and conditions of the lease before you sign a legal contract/agreement.
  • Off-Campus Living's Facebook page provides some other options like short term housing (ie: one semester) or if you are looking for a roommate.
    • Please note: this is a public Facebook page, although monitored by the Off-Campus Living you should always be careful about what information you share directly on the page.
    • We suggest you message someone privately with your contact information if you are interested in finding out about one of the houses or apartments advertised.

Safety off-campus

If you need temporary housing

We are fortunate to have community partners that can match you with a host family for your first few days in Akron while you look for permanent housing.

  • If you would like to live with a host family while searching for permanent housing, apply early.

Akron temporary housing resources/options:

  • Akron Internationals FREE LIMITED temporary housing is available during the first few days after arrival.
    • A 10-day advance notice is required for host families.

  • Global Ties First Weekers’ Program provides a limited number of host families for your first few days in Akron.
    • Global ties does charge a fee of $75.
    • Requires at least a two-week advance registration.
    • Contact Michelle Wilson by email or +1-330-612-4693 for more information.

  • Local hotels are available.
    • If you arrive on campus and do NOT have housing for your first night, we will direct you to a local hotel for the night.
    • You will be responsible for the cost of the room and any other fees.

  • AirBnB options are available.