Office of Student Life

Parent and Family Relations

Out of State Families

Though the Buckeye Tree is native to Ohio, Buckeyes can grow anywhere! We welcome our out of state Buckeye families, those not from Ohio, to our Scarlet and Gray Family.

Being an out of state family comes with its own set of challenges and resource needs. This webpage is designed to assist you with your Ohio State experience as one of our out of state families.


Columbus, OH – the Capital City

Welcome to your students new home away from home, Columbus, OH.  Not familiar with all that Ohio’s capital city has to offer? Experience Columbus online!


Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Is your student moving to Ohio and needs to get his or her car registered in Ohio or even get an Ohio license? Access the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.


Ohio State Residency Requirements

Is your student looking to declare in-state residency? See more information on in-state residency status.



Students coming to Ohio State from a distance often store items over the summer near campus to eliminate the need to take everything home each year. View a list of storage options.


Transportation to and from Campus

Need to find information regarding airports, buses, or campus parking to plan your next visit to Ohio State? View transportation options online.