Residence Life and Housing

Ohlson House

One of our most unique buildings, Ohlson House started as a Chicago apartment building. North Park has converted it to a residence hall, with rooms that are separated by winding hallways and hidden cubbys. Privacy is a given, but Ohlson House residents work hard to create a strong sense of community and support for one another—including plenty of fun all-hall activities.

Ohlson House

Originally an apartment building converted to campus housing, no two rooms in Ohlson House are exactly alike.

Ohlson Rooms

Ohlson House offers single, double, and triple rooms.

Co-ed Living

One of Ohlson’s three living floors is reserved for women and the other two floors are reserved for men, typically sophomores live here.

Furnished Rooms

Rooms come furnished with desks, dressers, and beds, which are movable so each resident can customize their space.

Various Sizes and Shapes

Ohlson rooms come in various sizes and shapes—some have separate sleeping and study areas, others are more open.

Ready to Be Personalized

Residents showcase their personal style in how they decorate their rooms, from adding rugs to posters, the possibilities are as endless as your creativity.

Quick Facts

  • First- and second-year students
  • 3 floors, 69 rooms
  • 136 residents total
  • Resident Assistant on each floor
  • Area Coordinator lives in the building
  • Across from Anderson Chapel
  • On the same block as the Campus Postal Center, Health Services, and Counseling Center
  • Front desk staffed 24 hours a day
  • Vending machines
  • Community kitchen
  • Bike storage room
  • Laundry room on the first floor
  • Lobby includes shared printer and desktop computers
  • Common lounge with a piano, as well as a big-screen TV

Living Floors and Rooms

No two floors or rooms in Ohlson House are exactly alike. Every floor includes a lounge space for socializing or studying, as well as both private and shared bathrooms.

The uniqueness of Ohlson House creates rooms that each have different measurements. View a measurements chart to find information about your specific room. All Ohlson House rooms are carpeted and come equipped with the following furniture items:

  • Desks with chairs
  • Wall shelves (six shelves per unit)
  • Beds (twin XL)
  • Dressers (three drawers each)
  • Closets with hanging rod
Sam Mariano headshot

Meet the Area Coordinator

Sam Mariano is the area coordinator for Ohlson House, Carmen Apartments, and Houses. Originally from Ohio, Sam completed his bachelor’s degree at Indiana Wesleyan University and two master’s degrees at North Park University. After accumulating years of experience in Residence Life, Sam joined the team to continue enriching students’ lives with meaningful connections, curriculum-based learning objectives, intentional programming, and city exploration.

What did you do before coming to NPU? 

I was the executive director of a nonprofit organization in Chicago while attending graduate school at NPU. I am originally from Ohio and went to undergraduate at Indiana Wesleyan University where I majored in philosophy, theology, and writing.

What do you most look forward to within Res Life this academic year? 

I am looking forward to being able to weave my personality and leadership into the culture of Ohlson House and the Carmen Apartment and Houses to create a mosaic of experiences, opportunities, resources, and relationships with students and for students.

What do you like to do on your days off?

On my days off I am either decompressing with video games or movies, outdoor activities at the lake, writing in a coffee shop, or exploring one of the many amazing neighborhoods or restaurants the city has to offer.

Anything else your NPU residents should know about you?

I am, in the best sense, a coffee snob so if you’d like a good cup of coffee, I would love to connect you to some of my favorite spots in the city!

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