Resident Life

The Office of Student Affairs is here to provide you with an enjoyable and educational experience during your time on campus. Residential life is a unique opportunity for personal growth and development, new friendships, and great experiences.

NEW STUDENTS interested in living on campus must complete the Residence Life Application and the Medical History Form (including a shot record) to be granted a room reservation. The Residence Life Application is available online via the link below. Upon completion of the application, our office will email the Medical History Form. This form can be returned via email, fax or mail.

Housing assignments will be announced individually via email beginning the first week of July for all new students.

RETURNING STUDENTS must complete a Returning Residence Life Application form each academic year.  These forms will be available online to current students. Information on housing selection will be announced via email each spring.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time at:

Housing Application

Housing Forms

Residency Requirements

All students under the age of 23 living outside of 50 miles are required to live on campus for the first four semesters. All requests for exception and questions concerning residency requirements should be directed to the Director of Residence Life.

Residency requirements shall mirror those set by the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College regarding tuition structures. The following persons shall be classified as exempt from on-campus residency requirements:

  1. A dependent student, at least one of whose parents or legal guardians has been a resident within 50 miles of Rio Grande for all other legal purposes for twelve consecutive months or more immediately preceding the enrollment of such student in the University.
  2. A person who has been a resident within 50 miles of Rio Grande for the purpose of this rule for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding their enrollment and who is not receiving, and has not directly or indirectly received in the preceding twelve months, financial support from persons or entities who are not residents within 50 miles of Rio Grande.
  3. A person who is married.
  4. A person with custody of a child.
  5. A person who is not enrolled in any in-person courses.
  6. A person who transfers in at least 64 credit-hours from a previous institution.

Exception Process

A student wishing to file an exception to the residency requirements may do so by visiting the Resident Life page of the Rio website and downloading the Commuter Exemption Form (link: /life-at-rio/Resident-Life/). Completed forms, along with any relevant documentation, should be sent to the Director of Residence Life.

Resident Halls

On-campus living offers a wide range of experiences for all students. At Rio Grande, you can become part of our residential communities. Each of our four residence halls offers something unique to each student. First-year housing includes Boyd Hall (male) and Davis Hall (female). All residence halls have 24-hour visitation rights.

Residents will have a Total Living Plan which consists of Room (double-occupancy) as well as Board (a meal plan for our on-campus dining facilities).

Boyd Hall

Boyd houses freshman male students. A total of 75 double occupancy rooms for a capacity of 150 students.

Davis Hall

Davis Hall houses all first-year female students; each of the 67 rooms in Davis house students in standard double or (limited) single rooms and has a total capacity of 116. Students have ample room and a generous closet and dresser area. Davis also features a large updated lobby and separate study area.

Holzer Hall

Holzer Hall consists of 30 quad-style rooms, each housing four students, as well as five traditional double rooms, each housing two students. Holzer is co-ed and houses a mix of first-year and returning students.

Wellness

With a total of 71 rooms, Wellness is a co-educational, upper-class hall with a capacity of 121. Room availability consists of singles, doubles, and two to three-person suites with a common living area.

Meal Plans

The 19 Meal Plan

The 19 Meal Plan offers students 19 meals per week with an additional 50 points (plus 8 guest meals) to spend in campus dining per semester. This includes a meal swipe at each meal service in the dining hall. All meals are non-transferable. Students also receive eight guest swipes per semester. Points can be used to purchase additional meals in the dining hall or at Buffalo Wild Wings in Gallipolis.

Recommended Supplies

Appliances

  • Hair dryer
  • Curling iron
  • Iron
  • Television
  • Computer
  • Small Microwave*
  • Small Refrigerator*

*Microwave/Refrigerator will be provided in all: Single and Super Single rooms

Linens

  • Sheets (XL twin)
  • Pillow(s)
  • Blanket(s)
  • Bedspread
  • Towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Mattress pad

Other Items

  • Laundry supplies (high efficiency)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dishes for snacks
  • Small sewing kit
  • Outlet strip
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Lounge Chair
  • Area rugs
  • Umbrella
  • Waste basket
  • Trash bags
  • Plants
  • Desk Lamp

Personal Items

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Cologne, perfume
  • Make-up
  • Shaving lotion
  • Shaving cream
  • Medicine
  • Band-aids
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Tissues
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Razors
  • Hand lotion
  • Shower bucket
  • Shower shoes

School Supplies

  • Paperclips
  • Rubberbands
  • Tacks, pins
  • Scotch tape
  • Glue
  • Stapler-staples
  • Notebook, folders
  • Tablets, paper
  • Pens, pencils
  • Memo board
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Calendar
  • Posters
  • Backpack

Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the University furnish?

Residence hall room furnishings include a bed, mattress, dresser, mirror, lighting, closet, desk, and chair and drapes.  All halls include air-conditioning, high-speed Wi-Fi access, and free laundry. A refrigerator and microwave are provided in single and super single rooms.

May I arrange my room?

Room furnishings that are not secured may be arranged to individual taste, but may not be removed from the room. Your room must be returned to its original state before checking out. Students will be billed for any damages incurred, including damage to furnishings, walls, doors, ceilings, etc.

What is a Resident Assistant?

Each residence hall has a staff of Resident Assistants (RAs) that are full-time students selected and trained to assist residents. RAs are a resource that will be available for individual student needs, programming, and information. Each residence hall also has a Head Resident Assistant who is responsible for the overall management of the building and is the direct supervisor for the RAs.

What should I do if I become ill?

Health Services, located in the Rhodes Student Center, provides health care to students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To learn more about what Health Services provides, visit the Health Services page of our website.

What do I do in case of emergency?

Immediately contact your Resident Assistant (or the R.A. on duty) or the Head RASLC. They will assist you and know whom to contact if necessary. You may also contact Campus Police at #740-.245-.7286. or 911.

Am I allowed to change rooms?

Room changes are permitted but recommended after two weeks of the first term to allow for adjustment. Room and roommate changes need to be approved by the SLC. If at any time you encounter roommate problems, contact a member of your hall’s housing staff.

May I stay in my room during vacations?

During vacation periods, residence halls are closed to students. A student unable to leave campus may request to remain on campus through breaks via an approval process. Dining services do not operate during scheduled campus closures.

What about theft?

Although Rio Grande does not have a serious theft problem, you are encouraged to exercise good common sense and take preventative measures. You should lock your door at all times and never leave cash or valuables in the open. Each residential student is encouraged to obtain personal property insurance on all items of value. Rio Grande will not replace lost or stolen property.

If a theft does occur, please notify a member of your housing staff and/or Campus Police immediately.

What happens if I lose my keys?

If you lose your key, report it immediately to your R.A. If your originals cannot be found, the core will be changed for security purposes and you will be billed for the cost of the change. University keys are not to be duplicated.

Where do I do my laundry?

Each residence hall has a laundry room equipped with high efficiency washing machines and dryers. There is no cost to use on-campus laundry facilities.

Where do I eat?

All meals are served in the  Marketplace (central dining hall) located adjacent to most of the residence halls. It offers several entrees at each meal, special hot and cold sandwich lines, and a salad bar at lunch and dinner. Special diets can be accommodated by contacting food services directly. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated through Hallmark’s EatSafe program. To know more, contact the Director of Residence Life.

May I bring a car or bicycle?

All campus buildings are well within walking distance; however, if you wish you may bring a car, motorcycle or bicycle. All motorized vehicles must be registered with the University and you must purchase a parking permit. There are several bicycle racks around campus and bicycles may be stored in a resident’s room.

What appliances/furnishings are prohibited?

Any appliances with an exposed heating coil or hot plate are not permitted, i.e. toaster ovens and George Foreman. Halogen lights are also prohibited. All extension cords must be plugged into a surge protector (lamp cords and multi-plugs are not permitted).

What about visitors?

All residence halls allow 24-hour visitation for guests. All guests must be registered via a member of the hall’s housing staff.

May I consume alcoholic beverages in my room?

Alcohol is prohibited in all residence halls.

What are quiet hours?

24-hour courtesy hours exist in all residence halls; however, quiet hours (study hours) run as follows:

  • Sunday through Thursday 10om – 8am
  • Friday and Saturday 12am – 10am
How will I receive my mail?

All students are able to establish a box in the Campus Post Office located in Rhodes Student Center. Your address will be:

Your Name
MSC Box_________, University of Rio Grande
Rio Grande, Ohio 45674

What about telephones?

University provided phone lines are not available in individual rooms.

What if an emergency arises and my parents can't reach me?

Parents should then contact the Office of Student Affairs at 740-245-7350 during normal business hours or Campus Police after hours at 740-245-7286.

Am I allowed to have a pet in my room?

Pets other than goldfish and other small, tropical fish are forbidden in rooms and common areas of the residence halls. Some small reptiles are allowed by permission of the Director of Residence Life. If you have an Emotional Support Animal, contact the Office of Accessibility to discuss the process for approval. 

Head Resident Assistants

Madisonn Duskey

Madisonn Duskey

Davis Hall

Keelan Kilgour

Keelan Kilgour

Boyd Hall

Connor Paine

Connor Paine

Wellness Hall

Serenity Kirts

Serenity Kirts

Holzer Hall

Resident Assistants

Sebastian Borquez

Sebastian Borquez

Boyd Hall

Kyli Ricker

Kyli Ricker

Davis Hall

Trenton Overturf

Trenton Overturf

Holzer Hall

Taylor Mack

Taylor Mack

Wellness Hall

Jermaine Clardy

Jermaine Clardy

Boyd Hall

Taylor Sells

Taylor Sells

Davis Hall

Courtney Pifher

Courtney Pifher

Holzer Hall

Bree Minehart

Bree Minehart

Wellness Hall

Zach Nagel

Zach Nagel

Boyd Hall

Taisha Valenzuela

Taisha Valenzuela

Davis Hall

Jacob Ramsey

Jacob Ramsey

Holzer Hall

Tim Stickland

Tim Stickland

Wellness Hall

Caleb Wallis

Caleb Wallis

Boyd Hall

Jess Youse

Jess Youse

Davis Hall

Abby Wood

Abby Wood

Wellness Hall

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