A residence hall is more than a room where you can rest your head in between classes. At OSU, a residence hall is a community. It’s a place where friendships, ideas and memories are created. All residence halls are conveniently located around campus. Each features high-speed Internet throughout the building, including wireless connections in each lounge.
- House nearly 4,000 student residents
- Include furnished study areas, communal spaces and a main recreation lounge
- Are equipped with televisions, recreation rooms and kitchenettes
- Are smoke-free
- Contain wings/floors that are designated quiet or single-gender
- Are located minutes from the center of campus life
- Provide free self-service laundry
While convenience is often the number one reason for living on campus, the residence halls provide opportunities to meet people from around the US and the world, develop new friendships, enjoy dining with friends and improve your leadership skills while becoming involved with the on-campus community.
Residence hall living also offers resources and a support structure beyond the classroom. There are live-in support staff in each hall, including a Resident Assistant (RA) on every floor or wing and a Resident Director (RD) in every building. These upper-division and graduate students—along with professional staff—prepare programs for residents and are also on hand to offer assistance with issues from labs to laundry.
In addition to these staff members, many of the halls have Faculty-in-Residence or Academic Partners-in-Residence, tutors and interns in residence. Each of these partners is available for you and serves as a resource for academic support. They’re also available to help you achieve the incredible college experience you planned for.
First-year undergraduate students in degree-seeking programs who enroll at Oregon State University within one year of high school graduation regardless of class standing must live on campus for the full academic year (fall, winter and spring terms). For more info, check the UHDS website.
The homestay program offers a home away from home. OSU has a network of carefully selected homestay hosts who welcome international students into their homes. You live as part of the family in either a shared or private bedroom, experiencing the day-to-day life of your host. The program is limited in availability, and students participating must meet the following criteria:
- Students must fill out an online student homestay application.
- The homestay program is completely smoke-free. Students who participate in the homestay program must not be smokers.
- Students must be comfortable living with any family type including single parents. Many of our hosts have small children or pets, and others may be single-parent households. All families are considered equally when assigning students.
- Students must be comfortable taking public transportation to get around Corvallis. Our hosts may live within 15-20 minutes from campus as very few families live within very close proximity to OSU. Students who wish to live closer to campus may be more interested in our on-campus residence halls.
To become a homestay student:
- If you're a direct-admit OSU student, visit oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay-student-information
- If you're an INTO OSU student, you'll be contacted, after being admitted, to discuss accommodations
Family housing is available - but very limited - for students with families wishing to live on-campus. For more information, please visit oregonstate.edu/uhds/family-housing. For students whose program does not have an on-campus housing requirement, a variety of off-campus options can be found throughout the community.