Oberlin Heritage Center’s Bed & Breakfast Program 2020

The Oberlin Heritage Center’s Bed & Breakfast program is an annual fundraiser that helps supply income for this organization by offering lodging in local homes to families of Oberlin College students. Volunteer hosts provide sleeping space, continental breakfast and a hospitable atmosphere to their guests. It’s a win-win-win situation: families arriving for Orientation and other college events find lodging, OHC gains needed operating funds and B&B hosts have a rewarding experience introducing visitors to the Oberlin community.

We will be accepting New Student Orientation lodging requests for August 2020 beginning in May 2020. This year New Student Orientation begins Monday morning, August 24 and ends for parents late afternoon Tuesday, August 25. Since dorms don’t open until Monday morning, families that arrive on Sunday, August 23 usually need lodging with their incoming student for that night. Our hosts will also provide lodging for the nights of Monday, August 24 and/or Tuesday, August 25 for parents as needed. Occasionally we get requests for longer stays and we will try to accommodate those requests if possible. We prefer to place families requiring at least two nights lodging for the nights listed above.

OHC B&B for Parents’ Weekend, Commencement and throughout the year is available to a more limited extent. We accept requests for Parents’ Weekend starting in September and for Commencement beginning in January of that year. Requests for other times will be accommodated whenever possible. The information requested below is needed in order to make a placement.

The 2020 charge is $95 per night for a single guest or for a couple sharing the same room (usually one double or queen size bed). There is an additional charge of $30 per night for each incoming student or sibling in a separate bed (usually a twin bed, futon or pull-out). Our homes are in Oberlin and the nearby outskirts and are all nonsmoking. We’ll provide confirmation after we receive the information requested below and have verified that we can provide the requested lodging. We have a limited number of placements each year. We will then request payment in full to reserve the housing. All fees will be paid directly to the Oberlin Heritage Center; our hosts are donating their homes and hospitality. Host contact information will be sent by early August.


If you would like to be a guest in our B&B program, please send the following information to our email: OHCbnb@gmail.com

1. Name, address, email address, phone number(s) of contact person.

2. Dates of requested nights with names of all guests for each night requested and whether parent/adult or student.

3. Any allergies, such as to pets, that would affect where we place you.

5. Will you have a car? (Some of our hosts live outside easy walking distance to campus.)

5. Other considerations or special requests.

We honor requests on a first-come, first-served basis as possible and give priority for orientation and weekend lodging to those requesting two or more nights of lodging. We encourage you to make your requests early.

We’re pleased to be able to offer this service to Oberlin College students and their families. Feel free to contact us with any questions at OHCbnb@gmail.com.


Gail Wood, Barbara Enos
Co-chairs, Oberlin Heritage Center B&B Program