Campus life at Oregon State University

Corvallis is ranked as one the best, smartest, greenest and safest towns in the US. Moreover, its relaxed pace of life make it a perfect study destination for international students. Portland, Oregon's biggest city, is just an hour and a half away by car. Bend is known for its scenic setting and year-round outdoor activities, but it's also the most populated city in central Oregon. That lets you combine the best of city living with outdoor adventure.

Leaving the comfort of your own home to move to a foreign country isn't easy. At INTO OSU, our housing team is here to give you a home away from home. In the US, it's typical for a new student to live in the residence halls. It is a great way to make new friends and you can expect a high level of service in our facilities. From simple bedding items to your requested room type, we will ensure you have everything you need.

With its diverse population and landscape, Corvallis is ranked as one of the safest, greenest and best college towns in the US. 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.

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.

Corvallis Campus

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.

Cascades (Bend) Campus

Activities beyond the classroom

Having a healthy lifestyle is important for success in your studies. There are many facilities on campus for you to get exercise. Intramural sports are very popular. You can join one of the 35 different sport leagues and compete against your fellow Beavers. If you'd like more competition, club sports are student-run organizations that participate in regional, national leagues and tournaments. You'll also have access to the Dixon Recreation Center, which is included in your tuition. It's open late at night, so you can fit a workout into your busy schedule or simply enjoy the hot tub.

OSU has over 400 clubs, societies and organizations to get involved with and show your school pride. The university has something for everyone whether you want to join a sorority or fraternity, make an impact through humanitarian projects or join a student chapter in your field of study. As a member, you’ll learn valuable life lessons while making lasting friendships in whichever program you choose. Browse OSU's current list of recognized clubs and organizations here.

Religious and spiritual support

Oregon State University welcomes diversity, including religious and cultural traditions. You will find many quiet spaces all over campus to practice your religion or faith. In the International Living-Learning Center, we have our own multi-prayer room that's accessible any time during the day. In addition to accommodations for dietary needs, we have foot washing stations and toilets with hand-held bidets to make sure you have all the comforts of home.

International dining around every corner

Finding something to eat on campus is easy. OSU offers over 30 restaurants, including several that feature international cuisines. Have dietary restrictions? Don't worry, menus in our dining centers are designed to accommodate needs such as food allergies, halal, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. Best of all, your dining plan is automatically loaded on your student ID so you can use it anywhere on campus to purchase food. With about a dozen coffee shops located on campus you're never too far away from fresh coffee, tea, sandwiches, pastries or other grab-and-go items.

Health services on campus

OSU has two health clinics located on campus. If you get sick, the nurses and doctors are here to help you feel better. If you have the OSU Student Insurance Plan, you can visit the Insurance Office to ask questions or get help. They'll let you know what your insurance covers and how much you'll have to pay yourself. Student Health Services information is available in Arabic and Chinese. Don't forget, you and any family members must have health insurance coverage. Ask the INTO OSU office for more information.