Living in Bend and Corvallis

With its diverse population and landscape, Corvallis is ranked as one of the safest, greenest and best college towns in the US. It is a quaint, small town and an easy place to navigate. Almost all the roads have bicycle lanes. Don't have a bike? There's a free bus line that can take you anywhere in Corvallis. The city offers year-round cultural and outdoor activities so you'll always find something to do. You can take quick weekend trips to the mountains or the coast. If you decide to stay in town, you'll enjoy the local restaurants and boutique shopping.

Named for being close to the Cascades mountain range, the OSU-Cascades campus gives you the advantages of studying at a premier research university in a personalized, small-campus environment. It's a great option for international students looking for a full university experience in a quieter setting. Learn about American culture in a vibrant small city, explore the great outdoors and pursue a degree with the excellent resources of Oregon State University. With a student community just over 1,000, international students quickly find themselves immersed in the campus community as well as in the region’s local culture. For more exciting tips about living in Corvallis, visit our City Guide.

Corvallis, Oregon

Downtown Corvallis is only a few blocks away from campus. It is a quaint, small town and an easy place to navigate. Almost all the roads have bicycle lanes. Don't have a bike? There's a free bus line that can take you anywhere in Corvallis. Many festivals or events are organized throughout the year, gathering students and the entire community. Some of the most popular events in town are the Wednesday and Saturday markets. You'll enjoy walking along the river while tasting and buying local, fresh and organic products.

Bend, Oregon

Home to more than 80,000 residents, Bend is the most populated city in central Oregon. It is located at an elevation of 1,000 meters, with a predominately dry climate. The weather mostly consists of sunny days, cool nights and low humidity. Bend is known for its scenic setting and year-round outdoor activities and often referred to as an outdoor adventure playground. Recreation activities available in Bend include skiing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and whitewater rafting.

Bend offers a diverse food scene, along with tax-free shopping in nearly 250 stores. It also has one of the most vibrant art scenes in the region with more than 20 art galleries.

Redmond Airport (only a 20-minute drive from Bend) offers non-stop service from major cities on the West Coast such as Denver, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Seattle.

Small campus, big resources

Much of the fun in Corvallis revolves around the great outdoors. Here are some of the area’s best attractions:

  • Corvallis Farmers’ Market
  • William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Rose Garden in Avery Park
  • Central Park
  • Willamette Park and Natural Area
  • Benton County Historical Museum
  • The Majestic Theater
  • Whiteside Theater
  • Bald Hill Natural Area
  • Peavy Arboretum
  • OSU McDonald-Dunn Research Forest
  • Siuslaw National Forest
  • Riverfront Commemorative Park
  • Tyee Wine Cellars
  • The Arts Center
  • Jackson-Frazier Wetlands
  • Davis Family Farm

A Culturally-Rich Town

Ranked as one of the smartest towns in the US, Corvallis residents love culture. Are you artistically inclined? Visit our Arts Center featuring local and regional artists. Interested in history? Visit the Benton County Historical Museum to learn about the history of Corvallis. You love performances? The Majestic Theater or Whiteside Theater located downtown Corvallis regularly host concerts and shows. For more information, visit Corvallis Arts and Culture.

Sport in Corvallis

Aside from OSU athletics teams, the Corvallis Knights intercollegiate summer baseball team is the big sports draw in town. If you want to travel a bit, you can head to Portland to see the Trail Blazers, the state’s NBA team.

International dining

Many International Options

Corvallis has a variety of food types available. Our various international restaurants will give you a taste from home. While our local pubs and breweries will make you discover all of the special tastes of Oregon. Using local and healthy products is the specialty of our restaurants in Corvallis. For dining information, visit the Corvallis food portal.

Shopping in Corvallis and Bend

From second-hand clothing stores to outdoor sporting outfitters you will find many one-of-a-kind stores in Corvallis. If you drive an hour towards Portland you will arrive at Woodburn Outlet Mall, it has over 110 stores including internationally-recognized brands. Portland is also a great shopping destination where you can find many designer brands.

Festivals and events in Corvallis

Many festivals or events are organized throughout the year, gathering students and the entire community. Some of the most popular events in town are the Wednesday and Saturday markets. You'll enjoy walking along the river while tasting and buying local, fresh and organic products.

Come to the Pacific Northwest

What Should I Wear?

Students at OSU enjoy four distinct seasons in Oregon and dress very casually. Summer and fall are generally sunny and warm; students can be seen wearing shorts, jeans and T-shirts. The spring and winter seasons bring lots of rain. Occasionally, it will snow in the winter. You will need a good coat and shoes for the rain and other warm clothes like sweaters, scarves and gloves.

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