Housing and Parking

Art Academy Housing

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:

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2021-2022 Housing Fees for Incoming Students:

Housing Questions should be directed to Director of Student Services, Kelsey Nihiser.

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More Information

Please contact Kelsey Nihiser at kelsey.nihiser@artacademy.edu for the MAAE Housing License Agreement.

Any questions about housing and residence life can be directed to Kelsey Nihiser, Director 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. Students will move in over the weekend of August 21-22 by designated appointments. 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 La 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:

Move-in Process

Residence Hall move-in will take place over the weekend of August 21-22 in a series of staggered, designated appointments. 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.

For vaccinated students moving into the dorm, they will need to submit their vaccine info AND be 2 weeks out from their 2nd vaccine.

For unvaccinated dorm students or students that are not 2 weeks out from vaccine #2, they will need to submit a screenshot of a negative test result dated 8/13/21-8/20/21.

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

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Quarantine Housing

There are vacant dorm units available for students who need to quarantine based on public health guidelines. If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and requires isolated housing, the student will be relocated to a designated dorm unit, which has a separate entrance. If a student needs to quarantine due to close proximity with a positive case of COVID-19, the student may stay in place if they have a single dorm unit. If they share a dorm unit with other students, they will be placed in designated quarantine housing.

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 - $850
  • Semester parking pass - $425

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 Jake Brinkmann at jake.brinkmann@artacademy.edu