Oregon State University


Practice your English and live at an American university

INTO OSU students can immerse themselves in American culture by living and studying with American students and families.

The International Living-Learning Center

Many students will be placed in the new International Living-Learning Center, which houses the INTO OSU program, classrooms, auditorium and Global Village, a unique residential community for undergraduate international and domestic students. This beautiful, multi-purpose, environmentally-friendly building also has a coffee shop and a market offering a wide variety of fresh, local and cultural foods.

Every effort is made to place INTO OSU international students with American roommates or suitemates. This diverse cultural environment provides international and US students with the opportunity to have an international experience.

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On-campus housing

The Global Village is a unique residential community for undergraduate students in the International Living-Learning Center. Students in the Global Village live and engage with fellow residents from diverse cultures and nationalities.

Global Village features include:

  • International-domestic roommate pairs
  • Culture-focused hall programming
  • Opportunities to connect with OSU faculty outside of the classroom
  • Hands-on service learning projects and co-curricular activities

Learn more about Global Village »

Living on campus is one of the best ways for international students to make American friends, adjust to life in the US, and be part of a fun and vibrant community at Oregon State University. All first-year students at OSU live on campus, making it a welcoming, supportive, and exciting place to be. Research has demonstrated that students who live on campus have higher GPAs and become more involved with campus activities and clubs. Students also enjoy the convenience and access to additional support services. Every effort is made to place INTO OSU international students with American roommates or suitemates if desired.

First-year students who enroll in an undergraduate degree-seeking program at Oregon State University within one year of high school graduation, regardless of class standing, must live on campus for the full academic year (fall, winter and spring terms). This includes all students with Undergraduate Pathway in their study plan.

You can choose from:

  • Double standard rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Double suite-style rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Double rooms with private bathrooms
  • Single rooms with private bathrooms (limited availability)
  • Single rooms with shared bathrooms (limited availability)
  • Off-campus graduate housing

All come with an inclusive dining plan

You can list your housing preference on your application form. Apply now »

Accommodation amenities:

  • Elevators to all floors
  • Designated wheelchair-accessible rooms situated near elevators and entrances
  • All residence halls are secured with locked doors and resident-only access
  • Live-in residential staff members (Resident Assistants) provide support to residents
  • Communal kitchen with cooking and food storage facilities and dining area
  • Furnished study areas, lounges and recreation spaces with TVs, pool tables and other entertainment
  • Vending machines
  • Free self-service laundry facilities
  • Fully furnished rooms with a bed, nightstand, desk, chain, lamp and wardrobe for each resident
  • Linen package including bed sheets, pillowcase, pillow, blanket, towel and washcloth
  • Free wireless Internet in all rooms and throughout the building
  • Cable TV
  • Smoke free

Theme floors:

  • Single gender
  • Quiet
  • Substance-free
  • Community service-learning
  • ROTC Program
  • Gender-inclusive living suites
  • University Honors College
  • Engineering programming emphasis

Meal Plan:

Meal plans are automatically included for all INTO OSU students with on-campus housing. The cash value of your meal plan will be loaded onto your OSU ID card. You will then use your OSU ID card as a debit card to pay for meals. OSU has three main dining centers, as well as many convenience stores, coffee shops and other cafes around campus.

Housing and dining prices for the 2014-15 academic year

Housing and dining rates are subject to change. INTO OSU attempts to fulfill room-type requests, however cannot guarantee a specific room type. 


Pathway and English
Language Programs

General English and College
Year Abroad Programs Only

Housing Type 1 Term     2 Terms    3 Terms    Per 5-week session
Double Room with Shared Bathroom $3,980 $7,960 $11,940 $2,388
Double Suite-Style Room with Shared Bathroom $4,538 $9,076 $13,614 $2,723
Double Room with Private Bathroom $5,357 $10,714 $16,071 $3,214
Single Room with Shared Bathroom $5,629 $11,258 $16,887 $3,377
Single Room with Private Bathroom $6,736 $13,472 $20,208 $4,040

The above Housing rates include the following: INTO OSU Dining Plan amount (see below), a linen package and housing between terms and sessions.

  Pathway and English
Language Programs  
General English and College 
Year Abroad Programs
INTO OSU Dining Plan
(credited to student's ID card)         
$720 per academic term $360 per 5-week session



What is a homestay?

The homestay program provides you with a home away from home. You live as part of the family in either a shared or private bedroom, experiencing the day-to-day life of your host. We have a network of carefully selected homestay hosts who welcome international students into their homes as family. The number of available families is limited, and students participating must meet certain criteria. More information about OSU Homestay »

Students participating in the homestay program must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must fill out an online student homestay application that will be provided once the student has applied to a language or academic preparation program at INTO OSU.
  • The homestay program is completely smoke-free. Students who participate in the homestay program must not be smokers.
  • Students must be comfortable living with any family type. Many of our hosts have small children or pets, and others may be single parent households. All families are considered equally when assigning students.
  • Students must be comfortable taking public transportation to get around Corvallis. Our hosts may live within 15-20 minutes from campus as very few families live within very close proximity to OSU. Students who wish to live closest to campus may be more interested in our on-campus residence halls.
  • A minimum of 4 weeks is requested to make a homestay placement. The homestay program is limited in availability.

 Homestay costs for the 2014-15 academic year

Room with Limited Dining Plan

  Pathway and English
Language Programs 
General English and College
Year Abroad Programs
Housing and dining prices  $3,960 per term  $1,980 per 5-week session
Dining plan credit amount
(included in above prices)
$360 per term $180 per 5-week session

INTO OSU attempts to fulfill room type requests however cannot guarantee a specific style of accommodation; these rates are estimates only.

Accommodation rates include break periods between terms if a student is attending the following term/session.


Off-campus housing

Graduate housing

Off-campus housing is available to all students with Graduate Pathway in their study plan. Off-campus graduate housing features:

  • Apartment-style living: Four private bedrooms with private bathrooms, shared living room and full kitchen
  • Fully furnished bedrooms and common rooms
  • Located within walking distance of the INTO OSU center
  • A 3-term (9 month) contract is required  

Cost for the 2014-15 academic year: $4,538 per term (includes $360 in dining credit loaded on to the student's ID card)

Family housing

Family housing is available for students with families wishing to live on campus. More information about family housing »


For students whose programs do not have an on-campus housing requirement, a variety of off-campus options, such as apartments, houses, and rooms to rent, can be found throughout the community. You should arrive 1-2 weeks before your program start date. Off-campus housing in Corvallis is very limited due to a recent increase in the number of students attending OSU. Please plan ahead and allow enough time to find a place to live in Corvallis. Be careful about paying for housing before you see it.

Here are some popular resources for finding off-campus housing:

If you plan to live off campus, bring enough money to cover the cost of setting up your new home. This could include first and last months’ rent, security deposit, utility deposits for gas, electric and telephone and the first month’s utility bills. There may also be expenses for household items (furniture, kitchen appliances, etc.). These deposits and rent can cost at least $1,500 or more.