Want to win a $10 Chipotle Gift Card!? Participate in the Off Campus Scavenger Hunt!

Off-Campus Scavenger Hunt 

Community Ambassador Coco is throwing a Scavenger Hunt event from March 5th through March 13th, open to all off-campus students! You will be finding out where useful resources, such as legal services, off-campus resources, wellness resources, etc. are located during your scavenger hunt journey.

Follow the instructions below to find all the stations, hand in your checklist at the last station to be entered in a drawing to win one of four $10 Chipotle gift card! In addition, every participant will receive a free Buckeye Block Watch T-shirt. Pick up a check list at our office or print one yourself.


Visit each resource on the check list and accomplish the tasks under each place. For the first 3 resources, you are only required to choose one out of the two options.

If you choose the “Take a picture” option, please show all the pictures you took when you turn in the form at the last station and get a signature from the front desk assistant. Or you can tweet your pictures and hashtag OSU_CA and OffcampusScavenger. For example, #OSU_CA and #OffcampusScavenger


The checklist is only available for picking up and returning at the Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement Office, located in Room 3106 in the Ohio Union. The checklist is not provided at other stations. You may print the checklist out by yourself here: off-campus-scavenger-hunt-check-list-final.

You must turn in the list to Room 3106 in the Ohio Union between March 5th-March 13th in order to be entered. Be sure to check the open time of each resource!


Apply to be a Community Ambassador or Commuter Liaison Today!

Living off campus next year? If so, consider joining Ohio State’s Community Ambassador and Commuter Liaison program! Office of Student Life’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement is looking for qualified, motivated and passionate employees to apply to be Community Ambassadors or Commuter Liaisons for the 2015-2016 school year.

Community Ambassadors (CAs) work with students living off-campus, keeping them engaged with the University by providing relevant information for the off-campus neighborhood. CAs serve as the liaison between the University and the residents on their off-campus streets through fun, engaging community building events. Please visit our website or contact Kelly Simpkins at simpkins.49@osu.edu for more information. Community Ambassador applications and resumes are due Tuesday, March 24th at 8 a.m.

Commuter Liaisons (CLs) in the Office of Student Life advocate for the commuter student population, serve as mentors to first-year commuters, and strive to ensure commuter student retention at Ohio State.  The Commuter Liaisons also manage the Commuter Student Organization and plan and execute programs and events. Please direct any further questions to Amanda McCann at mccann.119s@osu.edu. Commuter Liaison applications and resumes are due Wednesday, April 1st by 11:59 p.m.

CAs and CLs will work approximately 8-10 hours per week, flexible around their class schedules, at a starting hourly rate of $8.30. CA applications can be found here and CL applications can be found here.


Spring Buckeye Block Watch Bash

Buckeye Block Watch Bash

When: March 9th, 2-4pm

Where: Great Hall Meeting Room in the Ohio Union

What: Buckeye Block Watch Bash (BBWB) is a signature event offered annually to the off-campus community by the Community Ambassadors. Off-campus residents can come and check out booths providing resources pertaining to safety regarding self, property, bike and more. Past vendors have included Student Legal Services, Neighborhood Services and Collaboration, OSU Police Department, Student Wellness, Student Advocacy and many more. Come on by to learn about safety in the off-campus area, enjoy FREE food, the chance to win prizes, and much more!

Please follow the Facebook page for more information.

February Community Ambassador Street Events

February Community Ambassador Street Events:

February 11th: Recycling Do’s and Don’ts on 15th Avenue and High Street from 4-5:30pm.

February 12th: Random Acts of Sweetness on Chittenden and High Street and 12th Avenue and High Street from 2-4pm

February 12th: VaLANEtine’s Day at 136 E Lane Ave from 4pm-5pm

February 17th: City Resources and Insomnia Cookies at 2pm on 14th Avenue and Pearl

February 23rd: Party Tips and Pizza Strips on 16th and Pearl from 11am-1pm

February 24th: Join West 8th Avenue CA Coco for a Campus Scavenger Hunt starting at 3pm!

February 25th: Trail Mix and Health Tips on Neil and Northwood and at Harrison Apartments starting at 6pm

February 26th: Smart Drinking, Good Thinking starting at 1pm on 13th Avenue and Pearl

February 27th: 311 App with Apps on West 9th Avenue and Hunter from 11am-1pm

February 27th: Do’s and Doughnuts of Partying on Woodruff and Waldeck from 12pm-2pm

Come join your Community Ambassadors at their street events to learn about university and community resources, safety, recycling and more!


5K For Families

Donate.Run.Have Fun!

Join the Office of Student Life’s 5K for Families, Sunday, March 29 for our family fun run! This 5K will look to give students, faculty, staff and their families a chance to give back to our local community. The entry into the run is free. However, we are asking participants to donate at least two articles of clothing in various sizes suitable for families. If you are unable to donate clothing we are also accepting monetary donations starting at $5 dollars. Please drop-off donations the day of the event during registration. All donations will be divided evenly amongst several local shelters supporting families. For your in-kind donation you will receive a “5K for Families” t-shirt!

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. The run will begin and end at the Lower West RPAC Plaza. Healthy snacks will be provided. #BuckeyesGive

Click here to pre-register!

*Please note this is a rain or shine event. Extreme weather conditions will be considered and participants notified in case of cancellation.


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Are you SAFE@Home?

offcampus.osu.edu launched an online Carmen course (also available for iPad/iPhone on iTunes U) covering home security, personal safety, and fire safety.  The course name is SAFE@Home: Security and Fire Education.  Any student can self-enroll in the Carmen course or join the iTunes U course.

Itunes U Enrollment: go.osu.edu/SAFE

Carmen Instructions:

  • Log-in to Carmen and select the ‘Join Self-Enrollment Courses’ link in the top left corner of the Carmen homepage.
  • Select the ‘JOIN…’ link. The list of courses that you see will be in alphabetical order, scroll down to find SAFE @ Home: Security and Fire Education and select it.
  • Select the ‘Register’ button. Enter your street address and select ‘Submit’. Select ‘Finish’. Select ‘Done’.
  • After your registration is completed, you will then be able to access the SAFE @ Home: Security and Fire Education course from the My Courses widget on your Carmen homepage.

Join the SAFE@Home course on Carmen or iTunesU