As of Fall 2013, all first-year, first-term students are required to live on-campus. Research shows that living in a residence hall or cooperative house can help students stay in college and graduate. Specifically, the first year students who live in the residence halls or cooperatives are more likely to have a higher GPA and be retained at OSU at a higher rate than those who live off campus. OSU staff understands that in some instances, some students may need to petition for a qualifying exemption. Exceptions to the live-on requirement will only be considered after a student completes the UHDS housing application.
Upper-division or transfer students have additonal living options to those described above. On campus, Halsell Hall, is which is not available to first-year students and allows for gender inclusive/apartment-style assignments. Off campus options include the privately-managed hall called The Gem and local apartments and houses.
The residence halls with meals range from $6,500 (double room, smallest meal plan)-$8,874 (double room, largest meal plan) per year. The cost of living in a cooperative house is about $4,350 per year.
For more information about residence halls, dining, and cooperatives contact University Housing and Dining Services. For sororities and fraternities contact the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life.