Housing & Travel

Conference technical sessions and poster sessions will be held at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University (OSU). A campus map is available here.

Visitors to The Ohio State University campus have a number of housing options, including on- and off-campus venues. The following list is provided by the Local Organizing Committee.

On-Campus Housing

Photo Credit: Ohio Union Photos

OSU Smith-Steeb Hall Campus Housing

Air conditioned suites consist of three bedrooms that share a bath and kitchen. You can either select single or double occupancy. They are located within a two minute walk of the conference site. Requests for ADA compliant or other special needs may be made.

Address: 80 West 11th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: 1–614–292-2151

Click here for more information on room rates.

Note: Instructions for reserving on-campus housing will be available soon. Please check back at a later date.

Off-Campus Housing

Photo Credit: Anthony Killian

The Blackwell Inn

The Blackwell is an upscale hotel like none other, featuring the very best in guest service and comfort, and the highest levels of technology and resources. Located on the Fisher College of Business campus of The Ohio State University, The Blackwell offers a restaurant, lounge, and other facilities and is about 0.9 miles (1.5 km) from the Ohio Union conference site. You may walk across the campus or catch an OSU circulator bus between these locations.

Address: 2110 Tuttle Park Place
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: 1–614–247–4000
Toll-Free: 1–866–247–4003
E-mail: blackwellreservations@osu.edu

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SpringHill Suites Columbus OSU

The SpringHill Suites Columbus OSU hotel is located about 1.5 miles from the conference site and provides suite style accommodations:

  • Free high speed Internet
  • Free breakfast
  • Fitness center
  • Pool
  • Complimentary Hotel Shuttle within a three-mile radius
  • On-site parking

For reservations, please use the following contact information:

Address: 1421 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43212
Phone: 1–614–297–9912
Toll-Free: 1–877–901–6628

Check room rates and availability.



There are several parking garages on campus to choose from. Both the Ohio Union North and the Ohio Union South Garage are a stone’s throw away from the Union itself. Should those be full, there are other parking garages available on campus.

To view available parking garages and their rates, click here.

About the campus

There are a variety of facilities and services on campus of The Ohio State University, including cafes and bistros, sporting venues, libraries, special collections, and art and theater venues. For more information, click here.

The edge of OSU’s campus is marked by High Street. Choose from a variety of restaurants along it or walk down it to “the art and soul of Columbus”—the Short North.


John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) is 9.4 miles away from The Ohio State University’s campus. Transportation options to and from the airport include:

Once on campus, you can make use of CABS, the campus area bus service, to get from one end of the campus to another.

Obtain a Travel Visa for a Conference Held in the United States

Visa Application Process

Meeting attendees from countries that require a visa to enter the United States are reminded that the process of obtaining a visa takes a minimum of three months. You are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and begin the application process early. The U.S. State Department website includes visa information concerning temporary visitors to the United States that may be helpful to you.

Please note that the Department of Homeland Security is implementing the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, which is expected to be mandatory for Visa Waiver Program travelers. Complete information is available on the Visa Waiver Program page of the U.S. State Department website.

The ICSMA conference cannot send the letter to an embassy or consulate for you nor can we contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to the United States. It is crucial for the success of the application to apply at least three months in advance. The ICSMA conference may contact program participants (abstract submitters) to follow up on specific visa requirements and may provide customized letters and supporting documentation as needed.