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; it has also been shown to have a positive effect on student success.
First year students who live in residence hall typically earn higher grades than those who live off campus. Each hall hosts a writing and math tutor every week, as well as a live-in Academic Learning Assistant (ALA) who provides academic coaching and organizes academic success focused events, workshops and seminars during the year. Plus, students have easy access to ready-made study groups with their 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.
When you live on campus, you can be independent, but not alone. With more than 400 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.
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.
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.