Student Life and Living
Off Campus Living
Off Campus Living serves as a resource center dedicated to helping students living off-campus. The office part of ZipAssist and is located in the first floor lobby of Simmons Hall. Students may stop in for resources and assistance about various issues related to commuting, budgeting, advice for renting, and referrals to legal aid.
Student Recreation and Wellness Services
With Student Recreation and 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.
SRWS are comprised of the following 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, rock climbing wall and adventure equipment rental.
- Ocasek Natatorium (ONAT): Amenities include an Olympic-size swimming pool, racquetball courts and wallyball courts.
- Central Hower South Gym: This gym provides opportunities for informal (drop in) recreation, Intramural Sports, and Club Sports practice and competition.
- Buchtel Field: This grass field located on the corner of Brown St. and Wheeler St. provides outdoor recreation space for students, faculty, and staff.
Residence Life and Housing
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 10 on-campus residence hall facilities accommodating approximately 2,800 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 (proof of service required)
- Married (proof of marriage required)
- Student is parent with custodial care responsibilities (proof of custody care required)
- Permanent home residence of parents or legal guardians who reside outside Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, or Wayne countries AND such residence is 25 miles or fewer from main campus (proof of residence is 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 log into MyAkron and click on the Manage Housing portal. Here students will find a link to fill out the appropriate online form.”.
Jean Hower Taber Student Union
Within the Student Union, there are many offices and services to enhance your collegiate experience. The staff is committed to building community through collaborative learning experiences that provide our students the opportunity to engage, serve and lead. The department includes the following: 1) Student Organization Resource Center (SOuRCe), 2) serveAkron, 3) LeadAkron, 4) Fraternity and Sorority Life, 5) Zips Programming Network, and 6) Campus Programs.
The Student Union is comprised of the following facilities:
- Amenities include a bank, bookstore, restaurants, coffee house, mail services, game room (Roo Lounge), study space, meeting rooms and ballroom, a theatre. Other offices located in the Student Union include: Dean of Students Office and Rape Crisis Center, Career Services, Vice President for Student Affairs, and ESports.