Accounts Set-up

There are various accounts that scholars may neet to set up upon arrival at Oregon State University in order to get access to OSU campus and Corvallis resources.

Cell Phone | Bank Account | OSU ID Card | ONID Network ID | Library | Social Media | Email Lists | Drivers Licence or Oregon State ID | Resources


Cell Phones

If you would like to have a cell phone while living in the US, Corvallis is covered by all four major providers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint). For a monthly service plan, most cell phone companies require a new customer to sign a two-year service agreement. Penalty charges apply if you cancel your contract within 2 years. If you do not want to sign a 2-year contract, you have a choice of pre-paid or pay-as-you-go plans. Visit the major provider's website for more detailed information.


Bank Account

When you arrive in Corvallis, you may choose to open checking and/or savings account(s) with  local bank. You usually need two pieces of picture identification (passport and OSU ID card), your local mailing address and money to open an account. More information is available on the Money and Banking page.


OSU ID Cards

Oregon State University Identification Cards is the official identification card for students, faculty, and staff. International scholars, faculty, and dependents will be able to get a OSU card. The card functions as a meal card, library card, access card, and more. It is issued by the OSU ID Center. Learn more about what documents are needed to get an OSU ID.



OSU Network Identification (ONID) is a universal computer account available to all OSU students and employees. Scholars on an affiliate faculty appointment type may not have access to an ONID account since it is a limit to this appointment type.

You get a free email address with your ONID account, but ONID is much more than email. With an ONID username and password, you also get access to University technology services, the wireless network, Blackboard, ResNet, IS computer labs, and the Interlibrary Loan. For more information and set-up help visit Using Your ONID webpage.


Library Access

The OSU Libraries offer many scholarly trainings, and Library Resources for Faculty and Instructors. Learn how to get Library Access for Scholars.


Social Media and Activities

There are many activities and events on the OSU campus. Be informed about what is happening by subscribing or saving these links.


Email Lists

The OSU Email Listservs is a listing of all the public mailing lists on lists.oregonstate.edu. Click on a list name to get more information about the list, or to subscribe, unsubscribe, and change the preferences on your subscription.


Driver's License or Oregon State ID Card

To drive a car in the US, you will need to get an Oregon State Driver’s License. You must pass a written knowledge test of US driving laws in English and a driving test. You will also have to wait until 10 days after you first check-in with the ISFS office before going to the Department of Motor Vehicles before you will be able to get a driver’s license. More information on the Transportation page.


Searching for Resources

  • Google Maps will give you maps, driving, walking, or public transportation options if you need to get somewhere.
  • 211info has free information about more than 7,000 health, community, and social services. Corvallis is located in Benton county.
  • Craigslist provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, and much more.
  • Visit Corvallis has information on things to see and so, events, lodging, and getting around Corvallis.