Orchard Court has 94 traditional-style apartment units in 19 separate one or two-story buildings. There are 22 one-bedroom units, 62 two-bedroom units and 10 three-bedroom units. Thirteen new terrace-style apartments were added to the student family rentals in March 2002. Of these two are one-bedroom units, nine are two-bedroom units and two are three-bedroom units.
There are three laundry rooms, an office, and a Community Center, as well as lots of green space and three play areas for children. The total resident population of students, spouses, partners, and children ranges from 280-300 residents.
The apartments are smoke free. Smoking is not allowed inside apartments or other building areas.
Built in two phases during 1961 and 1965, these apartments are relatively small-sized compared to newer apartments in the Corvallis area. Families should carefully evaluate their space needs prior to making a decision to live in these units. The units are flats, with all living spaces on the same level. The second story apartments are accessible by outside stairways. There are no elevators.
Apartments are unfurnished, except for a refrigerator and electric stove provided in each apartment. Living room and bedroom areas have carpeted floors, and the kitchen and bathroom areas have vinyl floor covering. Bathrooms have a tub/shower combination, sink, toilet and a small above-sink wall cabinet. There are horizontal mini-blinds on all windows except in the bathroom. Each apartment is assigned a "storage cage" area, which is located in a nearby laundry room building.
Electrical capacity is adequate for a small to medium-size microwave in the kitchen. Some apartments do not have grounded electrical outlets and electrical capacity is limited, so residents must be careful about use of multiple appliances and computers.
Each room has an electric wall heater with an individual thermostat control for heating.
The thirteen terrace-style units built in 2002 have an outside privacy terrace at an apartment entry. Ten of the units are townhouse style with main living areas on the ground floor and bedrooms upstairs. The other three units are ground floor flats accessible for wheelchair use. Floor plans and square footage vary from unit to unit. Many units have skylights, study or storage nooks, and other unique features. Each apartment has a cement-block storage shed connected to the terrace area for personal storage of bikes, toys, barbecues and other items.
Apartments are unfurnished, except for kitchen appliances. A refrigerator, electric stove, dishwasher and garbage disposal are provided in each kitchen. Each apartment has its own electric furnace that heats with forced hot air. The ground floor living areas and stairwells have wood composite flooring, and bedroom areas are carpeted. Window coverings are provided for primary privacy windows, but not for skylights and a few other specified windows. All units have fire sprinkler systems and smoke detectors for fire safety.
The Community Center has a large meeting room, kitchen, and playroom. Residents may reserve the Community Center at no charge for special parties, meetings and events.
There are three outdoor playground areas adjacent to each of the laundry rooms, as well as many sidewalks and open grassy areas in the complex, where children of all ages can play if properly supervised.
School-age children attend Jefferson elementary school and Linus Pauling Middle School (about 2.5 miles away). Elementary and middle school students can ride the school bus (about a 5 minute bus ride) or go with parents by car. High school students attend Corvallis High school (about 2 miles away), and get to school with a 5-10 minute drive by car or 15-20 minutes by school bus.
For more information about Corvallis schools, visit the Corvallis School District website at: www.corvallis.k12.or.us
Off-street parking lots in the complex accommodate one vehicle per family, with additional parking available along bordering City streets. One Orchard Court parking permit is issued to each family, which allows access to the Orchard Court parking lots for one vehicle. There is no charge for the Orchard Court parking permit. Students who wish to drive and park on campus must purchase an OSU student parking permit from the University's Parking Services office at the beginning of each year.
Except for fish and amphibians, pets are not allowed in Student Family Housing apartments. Fish and amphibians must be contained at all times in aquariums with capacities of up to 29 gallons and containing no more than 10 gallons of water. All other pets are prohibited for health and safety reasons and to prevent property damage.
An on-site Family Housing Operations Manager and student Community Assistants provide assistance and service for Orchard Court residents. The staff members facilitate maintenance requests, manage the rental process, help support community activities, respond to resident problems, keep residents advised of facility projects and repair, coordinate use of the Community Center, and monitor overall operations and happenings in the complex. Staff members in our department's Residential Maintenance and Facilities unit provide general maintenance services.
Police and security services are provided by OSU's Public Safety department and Oregon State Police. Fire and life safety services operate through the City of Corvallis.
The Family Housing Association (FHA) is a resident student group that sponsors activities and programs for the benefit of Orchard Court residents, and advocates on behalf of student families. FHA sponsors events such as international potlucks, barbecues, games, exercise classes, the community garden, and other special activities. FHA is funded through a small activity fee that is included in the monthly rent.
If you have lived at Orchard Court for a minimum of 6 months, you can submit a request to transfer from your current apartment to a different apartment in the complex. Transfer requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed to be approved. If your request is approved, you will be charged a $200 transfer fee (subject to change) and you might not have your choice of apartments.
Electricity service at Orchard Court is provided through the University, which purchases power from Pacific Power at commercial rates. Residents are charged monthly on their student accounts for electricity use, according to their monthly meter reading. Water, sewer, garbage, and extended basic cable television service are included in rent charges. Residents sign up for their own telephone service. The three community laundry rooms contain coin-operated washers and dryers. There are no washer/dryer hook-ups in either the traditional or new terrace apartments - these appliances are prohibited inside the apartments because of potential water damage, and fire and electrocution hazards. Appliances such as dishwashers (except in terrace units), air conditioners, and space heaters are prohibited because they may exceed electrical capacity, creating a fire hazard.
Orchard Court apartments do not have direct data line connections for internet services. Residents may sign up individually for internet services through their local telephone or TV cable service providers.