Student Housing and Intentional Communities


United has housing options available to students who would like to live residentially. Most notably, our DaytonView campus intentional community is a perfect fit for those who have a heart for ministry in an urban setting, a desire to be spiritually formed and an interest in living in community with other students.

  • Are you interested in United’s intentional community?
    Click here to find out more about DaytonView.
  • Are you interested in an intentional community that is directly connected to a local church?
    Click here to find out more about Ministry House — an intentional community linked to Sulphur Grove United Methodist Church, in partnership with United.
  • Are you interested in an apartment in the Dayton Area?
    Click here for a list of apartments in the Dayton area.
  • Are you interested in commuter housing?
    Please e-mail your housing inquiry to Jimmy Mallory, United’s Intentional Communities and Housing Coordinator, at


FAQ for DaytonView and Ministry House

What is an “Intentional Community”?
An intentional community, or a “New Monastic community,” is a group of people who have made the choice to live together to devote themselves to accountability, prayer, radical hospitality, devotion, Bible study, ministry and several spiritual disciplines. One key aspect of the intentional Christian community is the Rule of Life the community establishes.
What is a “Rule of Life”?
Essentially, a Rule of Life can be defined as an ordered path of disciplines, which help a person or peoples grow in Christian discipleship. It can be both individual and communal. Some disciplines one might encounter in the Rule of Life established by intentional communities are Bible study, lectio divina, prayer, devotions, fasting, celebrations, radical hospitality and a chore rotation. The Rule of Life is essential to the success of the intentional community.
Where are the intentional communities located?
DaytonView is an intentional community, located in Dayton, Ohio; a 10-minute drive from United Theological Seminary.

Ministry House is a New Monastic community, located in Huber Heights, Ohio; a 20-minute drive from United Theological Seminary. It is a ministry of Sulphur Grove UMC, in partnership with Aldersgate UMC and United.

How is DaytonView or Ministry House related to my seminary education?
Both the DaytonView and Ministry House intentional communities have opportunities for students to serve in a contextual ministry placement in an urban ministry setting.
How long can I live in the intentional communities?
You are allowed to stay in the DaytonView intentional community the entire stay of your seminary career.

You are encouraged to stay in Ministry House as long as you are called to live in intentional community.

Are the intentional communities Co-Ed?
DaytonView and Ministry House are available to both single and married men and women (without children).
Will I have my own room?
In the DaytonView intentional community, you will have your own room. Each house can hold three students.

For Ministry House, single rooms and “bunking rooms” are available for occupancy. The house can accommodate four to six people.

Will the houses be furnished?
DaytonView is fully furnished, but you are allowed to bring your own furniture for your room.

Ministry House is fully furnished, but you are allowed to bring your own furniture for your room. If you need assistance, we will discuss this in your Ministry House interview.

How much does it cost to live in the intentional communities?
Rent for both DaytonView and Ministry House intentional communities is currently set at $300 per month.

Opportunities for additional housing assistance are available to students living in DaytonView. Contact to learn more.

What are my responsibilities as part of an intentional community?
In both the DaytonView and Ministry House communities, you and your housemates will establish a Rule of Life which includes a commitment to corporate prayer times, mutual accountability, worship attendance, neighborhood ministry, a chore rotation, the sharing of resources and a respect for house rules. These house rules are to be determined by everyone in the house.
Are pets allowed?
To respect those who may have allergies, there is a no pet policy. However, fish tanks are acceptable. Service animals are also acceptable.