First Year On-Campus Housing
Live on Campus. Thrive on Campus.
As part of the First Year Experience program, Oregon State University requires full-time, first-year students to live on campus.
Living on-campus is an excellent way for students to connect with key campus resources and build community, and has been shown to have a positive effect on student success:
An Academic Boost:
First year students who live in residence hall or co-ops typically earn higher grades than those who live off campus. Each hall hosts a writing and math tutor every week, as well as academic success focused events, workshops and seminars during the year. Plus, you'll find ready-made study groups with your neighbors. And the benefits aren't just short-term, students who live on campus their first year also tend to graduate more quickly than those who don't. That means saving on tuition and a sooner start on your future.
Connections on Campus:
When you live on campus, you can be independent, but not alone. With more than 350 student clubs, along with all kinds of activities and events happening every day, there are always new friends to make, new experiences to try and new interests to discover. It's a diverse and welcoming community where you can feel comfortable being yourself and learning more about others. You'll also find many opportunities to make connections with faculty both in and out of the classroom.
Help when you need it:
Support is right outside your door. There's a Resident Assistant (RA) on each floor or wing and a Resident Director (RD) on each building, ready to help with everything from finding your classes to figuring out what to do on Tuesday night. A variety of academic support centers are just steps away, offering free tutoring and other services in almost every subject. All over campus, you'll find resources with the answers you need, even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.
No Unexpected Expenses:
All of your basic living expenses are covered in one bill, including your dining plan with a choice of 27 restaurants across campus. Plus, our residence hall rates include services and amenities you'd have to pay extra for off campus including high-speed internet, utilities, extended basic cable and even free laundry. Nor do you have to worry about maintenance and repairs. We've got that covered.
*OSU offers many different housing arrangements to reflect our diverse student needs, so you can find a hall or cooperative house that works best for you. Need help picking a residence hall or co-op? Try our online selection tool.
Ready to start the housing selection process? Apply now.