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Housing & Meal Plan Information

On-Campus Housing FAQs

How soon do I need to apply for housing?
Residence Hall applications are processed in the order they are received with required fees paid. Students are encouraged six to seven months before the start of the term.


It is recommended that applications be submitted no later than at least two months prior to the beginning of the term. However, there is no official deadline for application.

How do I apply for on-campus housing?
  1. Navigate to https://apply.hocking.edu.
  2. If you have not used the system before please use the form on the left to create your account to apply for housing.
  3. If you have used the system before use the form on the right to login to complete your application for housing.
  4. Under "Available Applications" click "On-Campus Housing Application". Complete the application and you will be queued to be matched and placed in a dorm.
What are the fees required to file my housing application?

Two fees are automatically required:

  • Non-refundable application fee of $50/year
  • Reservation Fee of $400 (Due by August 1st)

Once the reservation fee is paid, the applicant is locked in to their first available housing preference.

If you apply for housing for these terms, these are the fees you will owe:

  • Summer Term Only = Application Fee ($50)
  • Start Autumn Term = Application Fee ($50) + Reservation Fee ($400) = $450
  • Spring Term Only = Application Fee ($50) + Reservation Fee ($200) = $250

If you already paid an application fee for the year, you do not have to pay again (ex. If you applied for Summer Term and also applied for Autumn Term, you only pay $50 once).

Fees are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact the Hocking College Housing Office if you have any questions about fees.

If the college accepts me, am I automatically accepted to live in the Residence Hall?
No. The college admission application and housing application are two different processes. You must be accepted to the college before your housing application can be processed.
How soon do I know if I have been accepted for housing?

Upon receipt of the application, a confirmation letter will be sent to the applicant confirming receipt of the application and fees. If the required fee is not received, it will delay the application process.

Applications submitted without the application fee will not be processed.

What are the payment due dates?
  • Autumn Term: August 1st
  • Spring Term: January 1st
  • Summer Term: May 1st
If I decide not to attend Hocking College and cancel my housing, does it automatically cancel my classes if I'm enrolled?

No. You will need to take the following steps in addition to canceling housing:

  • Send a letter to the Housing Office stating your intentions of canceling your application.
  • The date the letter is received will determine if the deposit is refundable or not.
  • Canceling your housing does not automatically cancel your registration. To cancel your classes, you need to follow the Withdrawal process

Is my Reservation Fee refundable?
  • If the applicant cancels in writing before the due date of the applied term, the full reservation fee is refundable.
  • If you cancel after the payment due date for the applied term, the reservation fee is not refundable.
  • If you fulfill the term of the contract the reservation fee will be credited towards your Spring Term room charge.
  • Late applicants (applicants submitting application after the payment deadline): If a room is reserved for you and an invoice has been mailed or you were notified over the telephone, your reservation fee is non-refundable.
What are the terms of the housing contract?
  • Summer Term - Will cover only Summer Term
  • Autumn Term - Will cover Autumn Term through Spring Term
  • Spring Term - Will cover only Spring Term

Can I enroll in the payment plan program?

Yes, you can. We offer a semester payment plan. Contact the Cashier's office for more information.

How soon do I need to pay for my room?
  • You will receive a invoice from the housing office which includes a payment deadline.
  • Any applications received after the deadline dates will be processed on a first come, first pay basis.
  • In order to be assigned a room, method of payment must be established by the deadline date.
  • Autumn and Spring Terms statements will be mailed to current residents approximately one month before the deadline date.
Please note: It is the responsibility of the resident to inform their parent/guardian/sponsor regarding their bill. No statement will be mailed to the parents/guardian/sponsor.
How many residence halls are available?
  • Downhour and North Hall - Double Suites
  • Hocking Heights - Single, Double and Triple Rooms
  • Summit on the River - Double and Triple Rooms
  • Sycamore Hall - One Single, Doubles and Triple Rooms

Click here to learn more about all the dorms and see room floorplans.

If I do not sign up for the payment plan, financial aid or have a third party to cover my charges, am I assessed a late fee?

You will be assessed a $25.00 late fee for not paying for your on-campus housing by the due date.

What are my chances of getting the facility/type of room that I requested?

Facility & room assignments will depend on the date the application with the required fees is received. Late applicants will be processed on a first come, first pay basis.

Autumn & Spring Term room requests will depend on room availability. We cannot guarantee your request. Returning students are given priority room assignments, provided they have complied with the application requirements and paid all fees by the deadline date.

Can I request a roommate?

Yes, you can but it must be a mutual request. The person you are requesting must also request you in his/her application as well. You need to provide the name and the student ID number of the person you are requesting.

How are roommates assigned?

Roommates are assigned using a variety of information and space availability. The Director of Residence Life will make every attempt to accommodate mutual requests.

Having roommate troubles? Check out our Handbook for On Campus Living, where you'll find some helpful tips for conflict resolution. Also, don't hesitate to reach out to Residence Life staff.

Is parking available and how much does it cost?

General parking is available on campus for all residential students. However, a parking pass is required. Parking passes can be obtained from the Cashiers Office for $53 for Autumn and Spring terms and $35 for Summer term.

Reserved numbered parking is available for residents of Downhour, Hocking Heights, and the North Halls for $75 per term. Spaces will be available for sale during the first week of the term at the Cashiers office.

Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

Can I use my financial aid to pay for room and board?

Your financial aid is applied to tuition/general service fees and course fees before you can use it for paying your room and board. However, you cannot use financial aid to pay for your application or reservation fees.


Beginning Autumn Semester of 2017, Hocking College is instituting a revised meal plan system in an effort to address the nationwide issue of food shortages on college and university campuses. Information on the revised plan can be found below.

Summer semester 2017 students will be required to purchase a $415 meal plan to be used by the end of summer semester.

Meal Plan Information

Student meal plans are loaded on the Hocking College IDs (Hawkcard). The Hawkcard can be swiped just like a debit card at the Hawk's Nest Dining Hall located on the second floor of John Light Hall.

Residential students are required to purchase a meal plan per semester.

Each meal plan includes a set number of meals per week plus Hawk Bucks to spend on other items.

Meal options include:

  • Daily Feature Menu
  • Theme Feature Menu
  • Grill Combo Menu
  • Pizza Combo Menu
  • Salad Bar

Meal Plans Breakdown

Below are the two plans available to residential students. Plans are selected while completing your On-Campus Housing Application.

Autumn and Spring Semesters
Plan Cost Hawk Bucks  Value
19 meals/week ($1,520) + $150 Hawk Bucks/semester = $1,670
14 meals/week ** ($1,440) + $100 Hawk Bucks/semester = $1,540
10 meals/week ($1,120) + $50 Hawk Bucks/semester = $1,170
Summer Semester ***
Plan Cost Hawk Bucks Value
19 meals/week ($1,140) + $115 Hawk Bucks/semester = $1,255
14 meals/week ** ($1,080) + $75 Hawk Bucks/semester = $1,180

Autumn & Spring Semesters

Option 1
19 meals/week + $150 Hawk Bucks
Cost: $1,520
Option 2
14 meals/week + $100 Hawk Bucks
Cost: $1,440
Option 3
10 meals/week + $50 Hawk Bucks
Cost: $1,120

Summer Semester

Option 1
19 meals/week + $115 Hawk Bucks
Cost: $1,140
Option 2
14 meals/week + $175 Hawk Bucks
Cost: $1,080
**Minimum meal plan required for residential students
***Due to a shortened semester, summer rates for the meal plan are reduced but calculated at the same weekly rate as the autumn/spring 14 meals per week plan

Non-Residential Students

Campus dining is also available to our commuting students. Non-residential students are able to choose from the above meal plan options as well as one additional option below. Non-residential students interested in purchasing a meal plan should contact the Cashiers office to arrange for payment.

Weekly Camp Plans (for Smart Start and Athletic Camps)

Meal plans do not go into effect until the Sunday before the semester begins. Students wishing to access meal plan outside of the normal academic calendar must purchase an additional weekly camp plan. Students attending athletic camps outside the academic semesters or Smart Start are strongly encouraged to purchase camp plans.

Camp Plans

Option 1
10 meals/week + $150 Hawk Bucks
Cost: $1520
Option 2
Weekly Camp Plan
Cost: $105


Camp Plans

Plan Cost Hawk Bucks Value
10 meals/week $1,520 $150/semester $1,670
Weekly Camp Plan ** $105 - -
*Hawk Bucks are issued on a semester basis, not per week
**Weekly camp plan is only available outside of the academic calendar and provides 21 meals per week, Saturday through Sunday

Important Additional Information

  • Additional funds can be added to the Hawk Bucks at any time. Weekly meal allotments must be used by the end of day on Saturday. Meals not used for the week are not carried over to following weeks. Meal allotments begin on Sunday morning.
  • Students are permitted to use their meal swipes to pay for guests.
  • Students must be present to use their meal swipe.
  • Any balance left on the Hawk Bucks plan at the end of the current semester cannot be carried forward to the following semester.It is important to only add the amount of funds that you think you will use to your Hawk Card plan. Any funds remaining at the end of the term will be lost!
  • Students without a meal plan can either pay cash or use a debit/credit card in the dining hall.
  • Contact the Cashier's office to add funds or purchase a meal plan.
  • Financial Aid can be used to cover the cost of your meal plan
  • Your student ID will also serve as your meal card. You need to have your picture taken at the ID Office. Meal cards will be available for pick up at the ID Office anytime after you check in.

Hawks Nest Dining, Second Floor Light Hall

Hocking College offers a variety of dining options throughout our campus. Students are welcome to pay cash for their meals on a daily basis or purchase a meal plan.

The following hours are subject to change by term. Menu selections vary by week.

Spring 2020 (January 13 — May 8)*

Days Hours
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. — 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Summer 2020 (January 13 — May 8)*

Days Hours
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.

*Hours are subject to change to accommodate holidays and special events.





Nelsonville, Athens and the surrounding community offer a number of rental options for students who choose to live off-campus. Local landlords have apartments and houses to rent in the area.

We recommend checking the resources below for local rental listings:

The City of Athens also maintains a listing of all rental properties in the city and the corresponding property manager. This can be of use if you are looking for information on a particular address or neighborhood.

Interested in living on campus? Hocking College is one of the only two-year colleges with on-campus living options. Check out our residence halls here.

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