As part of the First Year Experience program, Oregon State University requires full-time, first-year students to live on campus. Years of data show that first year students who live on campus tend to be more academically successful and are more likely to return as second year students than those who live off campus their first year. 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. Your student can choose from 15 co-ed halls with theme areas such as arts and social justice, global experience, engineering emphasis, University Honors College, entrepreneurship program, civic engagement, and health and well-being. Special interest communities (included but not limited to single gender, ROTC, and Substance Free) are also available.
OSU offers flexible meal plans that allows students to eat at any of the eateries on campus. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, Halal and low cost options are available at all locations. For more information, visit University Housing and Dining Services.
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. Availability of apartments and houses close to campus has been very limited during the past few years for new students. Listings can be found online and in the Corvallis Gazette-Times or other area newspapers. An off-campus housing living guide with tips for a successful move off-campus is available through our Office of Corvallis Community Relations.