All OUAZ students must complete the housing process, even if you do not plan to live in University-sponsored housing. All housing paperwork must be completed no less than 10 days prior to the beginning of a term. Some forms may require additional time for processing. Failure to meet deadlines, may result in charges and penalties.
Certain Ottawa University scholarships contain an eligibility condition that specifies that recipients of those scholarships must reside in University-sponsored housing during the enrollment periods for which the scholarships are awarded. The following housing policy pertains to all other full-time students, effective May 1, 2018.
Housing Policy (Surprise, AZ)
Certain Ottawa University scholarships contain an eligibility condition that specifies that recipients of those scholarships must reside in University-sponsored housing during the enrollment periods for which the scholarships are awarded. The following housing policy pertains to all other full-time students, effective July 1, 2019.
A student will be required to reside in University-sponsored housing, provided it is available, unless such student meets one or more of the following criteria:
- is married;
- has legal custody of a child who resides with them at least 50% of the time;
- has attained a legal age of 21 prior to August 1 for the fall semester or January 1 for the spring semester;
- has lived in Ottawa University-sponsored housing for 6 or more semesters (fall or spring);
- resides with his/her parent(s)/legal guardian(s) in one of the following Arizona towns/cities: Avondale, Buckeye, Deer Valley, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Sun City West, Surprise, Tolleson, Waddell, Wittman, and Youngtown. Appeals from students living in Phoenix or Scottsdale will be considered.
Students who for personal reasons desire to reside with a parent/legal guardian may apply for an exception. Such exceptions will be considered for reasons of financial strain, a need to aide in the care of a family member in the house, or other circumstance deemed appropriate by the Dean of Student Affairs in his/her sole discretion. Any request to live off campus with a parent/legal guardian must be submitted as a formal appeal letter to the Office of Student Affairs for consideration by the appropriate deadline. All documentation supporting the reason for the appeal must be submitted with the appeal letter.
Meal Plan Policy
All OUAZ students are required to purchase a meal plan. Students who live on campus are required to have the All Access Meal Plan their first year in attendance. For each year thereafter, returning students living on campus can choose either the All Access Meal plan or a 225 Block Meal Plan. All other students, including those who meet the requirements to live off campus, may select one of two Commuter Plans. All students have the option to upgrade their meal plan if they desire to do so.
- All Access plan: Unlimited meals for the student. Includes $75.00 in Spirit Bucks each semester!
- 225 Block plan: Provides 225 swipes for each semester, Includes $75.00 in Spirit Bucks per semester!
- Commuter A plan: Provides 100 meal swipes for each semester. Includes $75 in Spirit Bucks per semester!
- Commuter B plan: Provides 50 meal swipes for each semester. Includes $200 in Spirit Bucks per semester!
Housing Process and Placement
Once you have completed your other paperwork for enrollment, a representative from the Office of Residence Life will contact you to complete the OUAZ Housing Process. Some of the housing options grant priority to current/returning OUAZ students. The sooner you complete the housing process, the better the chances of you getting one of your first choices of residency.