Finding housing is a primary concern for anyone coming to a new place.  Here you will find links to resources and descriptions of common types of housing and housing-related terminology.

Finding Housing

On-Campus | Short-Term | Long-Term | Housing Types | Housing Terminology


On Campus Housing

Student On-Campus Housing

  • University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) offers a variety of convenient living options and programs for OSU students. Please visit the UHDS website for more information about on-campus housing.
  • OSU implements a First Year Experience program for all incoming first-year undergraduate students.  For more information about this, and to see if it applies to you, please visit the UHDS website.
  • If you have a contract for on-campus housing, you can move into your residence hall one day prior to the start of orientation at the beginning of your first term at OSU. You should receive an assignment letter from University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) that will provide you with your hall and room assignment, as well as more detailed information about residence hall life. If you do not receive your assignment letter, email UHDS at Please direct questions regarding on-campus housing and housing contracts to University Housing and Dining Services by telephone at (541) 737-4771, fax (541) 737-0686, or e-mail at

Degree and Exchange Student Housing

  • International students in degree and exchange programs may live on-campus or in houses or apartments in the Corvallis area.

INTO OSU Program Students

Scholar On-Campus Housing

  • J-1 Exchange Visitor Scholars (Research Scholar, Student Intern, Non-OSU Sponsored Scholar/Intern) may visit the University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) Scholar Housing Program website.


Short-Term Housing

Corvallis has several options for short-term stay within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of the Oregon State University campus. Contact the proprietor or business directly to make a reservation using a credit card.

In addition, University Housing and Dining Services offers a homestay program which provides an opportunity for students to be guests in Corvallis area homes and receive a warm welcome, food, and lodging upon arrival. If you would like to participate, please complete an application.  Be sure to apply early because space is limited.

You can find more hotels in the Corvallis' visitor's guide or in the Corvallis telephone directory.


Long-Term Housing

If you plan to live in off-campus housing, you should expect to spend several days locating and settling in to an apartment or room in a house. Off-campus rental housing is advertised in the following places:

  • The Corvallis Gazette Times: local newspaper. Find advertisements for rentals in the classified section.
  • Dex Yellow Pages: online directory. Search for "property management companies" and "Corvallis" for listings of many useful companies.
  • OSU faculty occasionally rent their homes out while on sabbatical.
  • Craigslist: online local classifieds and forums for 450 cities worldwide.
  • Corvallis ihouse: a home for international and U.S. undergrad and grad students, postdocs, and interns
  • The Depot Suites: fully furnished beautifully decorated apartments provide the perfect temporary housing, walking distance from OSU. For rent by the week or by the month.
  • At Home in Oregon: offering fully-furnished 2-4 bedroom apartments and condominiums for rent by the week or by the month.
  • Visit Corvallis: a listing of long and short term housing options.
  • Rental Agencies in Corvallis: advertises vacancies and available units in the area.
  • Renter's Guide available at the Memorial Union on campus.
  • City of Corvallis Rental Housing Program - a resource for people who have rental issues or concerns.
  • Off-Campus Housing is  a resource page developed by UHDS of things to think about when looking for housing.

Estimated Housing Prices:

The following chart gives a range of rental prices that you might find in Corvallis.  These estimates are per person and assume shared housing for units with multiple bedrooms.

  1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom Studio
Apartment $500 - $800 $400 - $575 $350 - $550 $500 - $700
Duplex $600 - $775 $475 - $675 $550 - $700  
House $800 - $1,000 $650 - $850 $775 - $1,200  


    Types of Housing

    Apartment: A set of rooms with separate bedroom(s), bath, kitchen, living room. Some apartments are advertised as "furnished". This means that a minimum amount of furniture is included with the rental. Most apartments are rented unfurnished (without furniture).
    Studio Apartment: An apartment with a separate bathroom and kitchen. The living room and bedroom are combined into one room.
    Quad: A set of four apartments grouped together with shared bathroom and kitchen.
    Duplex: Two separate houses that join together at one of the outer walls.
    Condominium: Similar to an apartment, but each unit is privately owned.
    House: Multi-room living area (bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, family room) plus a private yard and garage.


    Common Housing Terminology

    Apartment manager: The person in charge of your apartment building. Managers are paid to take care of problems and financial issues (collecting rent, deposits, etc.).
    Cleaning deposit: Money that you must pay before you move into the housing for cleaning the rental property before and after you move in. This deposit is normally non-refundable.
    Landlord: The property owner who rents houses or apartments to tenants.
    Lease or rental agreement: A contract between you and your landlord in which you agree to pay a specific amount of rent for a certain number of months. If you move out before the ending date of the agreement, your landlord may require you to continue paying rent for the months remaining in the lease or until another tenant moves in.
    Property management company: A company that is paid to manage a rental property for the property's owner. The company finds renters and makes sure the renters follow the lease. The company may also provide basic maintenance service.
    Security deposit: Money that you must pay before you move into the housing. If you damage anything in the rental property this money will be used to repair the damage to the property. This deposit is sometimes refundable if you have not damaged the property. The refundability of security deposits will be listed in the lease agreement.
    Tenant: The person who rents a house or an apartment.
    Utilities: Services such as water, gas, electricity and garbage pick-up. Sometimes these services are included in the rent--usually they are separate. Your lease will define if utilities are included.

    Please note: International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) and International Scholar and Faculty Services (ISFS) cannot recommend specific housing locations.  Students with specific housing or landlord-related questions, isssues and problems should contact the ASOSU Legal Advising Office.

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