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Housing and Dining

As part of the First Year Experience program, Oregon State University will  require full-time, first-year students to live on campus starting Fall 2013. 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 14 co-ed halls with theme areas such as an international experience, engineering emphasis, University Honors College, entrepreneurship program, community service, and single gender. The 4 cooperative houses are another on-campus option that are single-gendered and considerably less expense than all other living group options.

OSU offers a flexible meal-plan program that allows students to eat at any of the eateries on campus. Vegetarian 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.