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Housing & Parking

Live in our newly renovated loft dorms, walk to class.

In 2020 we renovated a massive building into loft-style housing for our urban campus. You will never be late to class with a thirty second commute. 

35 Suites, Housing 118 Students

Reservation Forms

Please fill out the forms below to reserve your AAC housing and parking spots now. 


AAC’s campus is a cultural cornerstone in the Over-the-Rhine community and a home-base for creative pursuits in this historic neighborhood. Forget dorm life – AAC housing is urban loft living.

All first-year students who reside outside the Cincinnati area are required to live in the Art Academy’s Residence Halls. Freshmen living within Greater Cincinnati may choose to reside in the residence hall or commute from home. Priority placement in the residence hall is given to traditional first-time freshmen and then to all other students at the Art Academy, in each case in the order in which residence hall deposits are received.

Each unit is equipped with:

  • Full bath and kitchen (with refrigerator, stove, sink)
  • Bed, working table or desk and chair, closet
  • Access to laundry in building (pay via app)
  • Utilities included- Wifi, electricity, water
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AAC partners with Urban Sites on expansion

“Offering affordable housing in this area strongly enhances the Art Academy’s recruitment of the best and brightest creative problem solvers in art and design.” – Joe Girandola

Read the full story in the Cincinnati Business Courier below:

2024-2025 Housing Fees for Incoming Students

*Fees below are for the entire academic year and are subject to change.

Half of the academic year housing fee is charged for each semester. A housing deposit of $250 secures a student’s spot in Art Academy housing and is part of the first semester’s fee. In addition to the housing fee, there is a $600 damage deposit charged to the student, refundable at the end of the year if no damage is assessed to the student. All tuition and fees must be paid in full prior to August 26, 2024 and January 21, 2025.

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More Information

  • Art Academy residence halls have locked entrances, monitored by 24-hour security personnel, who are available for escort services to the main building and to parking facilities. Access to AAC Housing is controlled with a security ID card. A Resident Assistant lives on each floor of the residence hall at 1227 Jackson, with one lead RA at 1225 Jackson. The buildings are equipped with smoke detectors and a fire alarm/sprinkler system.
  • For students living on campus for the summer Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) degree, housing is a flat fee of $1700 plus a $400 damage deposit, which is refundable at the end of the term if no damage is assessed to that student.

Please contact Dean of Student Services for the MAAE Housing License Agreement.

Any questions about housing and residence life can be directed to Ricky Pleasant, Dean of Student Services.

AAC Housing and COVID-19

To reduce the risk of students contracting or spreading COVID-19, the AAC will be taking precautions by reducing the number of students per dorm room, providing isolated housing for students who have tested positive for COVID-19, connecting students to testing and health services, and decreasing the use of shared, public spaces within AAC housing. 

Dorm rooms include full kitchens equipped with a stove, refrigerator and dishwasher, where students are encouraged to cook their own meals. Other AAC food options will include donated, flash-frozen soups from Le Soupe as well as breakfast and lunch options from Sunny Blu, AAC’s in-house food service. Student activities will take place in the form of remote programming and in-person programs as appropriate. Health and safety are top priority while offering opportunities for students to feel engaged and connected to the AAC community.

Housing Precautions 

The following housing precautions will be in place:

  • Each dorm unit has its own bathroom which will only be shared by unit residents.
  • Each dorm unit will be considered a “household.“ Inside each dorm unit, students who live there will not be required to wear a face covering or observe social distancing. Once students leave their unit, they must abide by campus wide requirements and guidelines related to face coverings, physical distancing, and cleaning and sanitation.
  • Dorm residents are required to adhere to health guidelines when interacting with students outside of their dorm unit and in any public spaces.
  • Card access to AAC housing will only be available to dorm residents to discourage student visitation for nonresidents. Dorm residents will not be permitted to have overnight guests until further notice.

Move-in Process

The move-in process will include practicing social distancing and limiting numbers of people in public spaces, elevators, stairwells, etc. Each student is permitted to have one family member assist in move-in and enter AAC housing. Students and the designated family member must complete our self-administered wellness check prior to entering AAC housing and must wear a mask throughout the duration of move-in. All move-in details will be shared with student dorm residents prior to move-in weekend, including requirements and recommended packing lists.

Students should submit a COVID Vaccine record here, or COVID test results here.

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Off-campus Students

Many AAC students live off campus, and we encourage all students to follow the guidelines of local, state and federal health officials. While on campus, all students will need to follow any additional public health guidelines particular to the AAC. Off-campus students will not be permitted to visit on-campus AAC housing.


Parking is available in the AAC parking lot on Walnut Street, located immediately behind the main AAC building. Students can reserve a parking pass for the academic year or specific semester at these rates:
  • Academic Year Parking Pass $875
  • Semester Parking Pass $440

Passes are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can reserve a pass at the link below. Please direct any questions to Facilities

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Due To Inclement Weather

Classes are cancelled

January 25th, 2023

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