Special Interest Housing communities are built around common interests but not tied to any specific academic program. Students who opt to live in these communities commit to abiding by the specifics regulations of that program. Unless otherwise specified, buildings and wing locations for these programs will be identified prior to room selection once we have a better understanding of the demand for the programs. Living programs for 2016-2017 are:

Recovery Living Community

The Recovery Living Community, supported by a partnership between University Housing & Dining Services and the Collegiate Recovery Community, provides a nurturing, affirming environment in which students recovering from substance use dependence can find on-campus recovery-supportive housing, peer support, as well as other recovery support services while attaining a college education. Residents of this community will find like-minded individuals who prioritize maintaining abstinence from alcohol and illicit substances while experiencing all that OSU has to offer.

Female-only and Male-only communities

Gender intentional communities are designed for students who have specific religious or cultural reasons for wanting to live in a community with fellow students who identify as the same gender. Students who reside in these communities do so with the understanding that guests of the opposite gender will not be permitted in the suite. These suites are part of co-ed communities, but have their own private bathrooms. All of these suites are corner suites in Hawley and Buxton Halls.
  • Female-Only area (By choosing to live in this suite, you agree to no male visitors)
  • Men-Only area (By choosing to live in this suite, you agree to no female visitors)

Gender Inclusive Community

The Gender Inclusive Community allows our residents to room with anyone of any gender identity or gender expression. This living environment can accommodate students who desire to live with friends and family, etc. as well as all gender identities including man, woman and transgender, among many others. Gender Inclusive Living additionally serves as an ideal housing option for gender-variant students by upholding a community that is supportive of the diversity of gender identity and expression.

The programming in Halsell Hall is well suited for those interested in exploring how gender roles shape society, explore gender identities outside of the male/female binary, and enjoy living among those who identify throughout the gender continuum. While Halsell Hall is reserved for upper division and transfer students, placement will be given to first year students who require accommodations based on their gender identity and/or gender expression.

Residents of Bloss Hall, which is also a community for sophomore and above students, can also select roommates and suitemates of any gender.

The 6th floor of Wilson is also gender inclusive. The Arts & Social Justice Living-Learning Community (LLC) is located in Wilson Hall (6th floor, east wing).

International experience

Oregon State University hosts many international students each year in partnership with INTO OSU’s pathway programs for English language learners. To accommodate the influx of international students, and to provide a rich learning experience for domestic students, we offer the opportunity to live with an international student in almost every residence hall.

Single gender wings

If you would like to live on an all male or female wing, we have some limited single gender wings available. Buxton and Sackett have single gender female wings, and Sackett has single gender male wings.

Study intensive wings

The realities of community living dictate that individuals respect community needs for the moderation of noise regardless of the established quiet hours. Noise is any sound, human or otherwise, which is disturbing to a resident. In an effort to reduce the amount of noise in the residence halls, and in response to student requests, we introduced study intensive wings. These communities have established 24 hours of quiet as compared to the standard hours stipulated in the UHDS Policy Guide. Students living in these communities will sign a contract addendum stating they will agree to
these terms.
  • Locations to be announced

ROTC wings

UHDS provides a unique living environment for students who participate in the ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) Program. Students who would like to live with other ROTC students, who keep the same rigorous ROTC schedule, are welcome to join the community in Finley Hall on the 7th floor.

Substance free

Students living on this floor sign an agreement to live substance-free and support a substance-free lifestyle (no drugs or alcohol). Locations determined by interest

Sophomore and Above experience

While first-year students are required to live on campus, a growing number of Sophomore and Above students find equal value and benefits from living on campus. To further accommodate students who are older than our traditionally-aged first year students, we have several halls that offer Sophomore and Above communities. To select the halls that offer Sophomore and Above communities, students must be at least 20 years old OR a transfer student OR a returning student.
  • Halsell Hall (This hall is exclusively for Sophomore and Above students. It's also gender-inclusive, meaning that suitemates do not all have to be the same gender. New for 2016-17: In all suite kitchenettes, a microwave and an under the counter refrigerator will be provided.)
  • Bloss Hall (This hall is exclusively for Sophomore and Above students. Students will have the option of selecting what would normall be a shared double as a single room. There are also double, small double, and traditional single spaces in the community.)
  • Tebeau Hall (Like Halsell and Bloss Hall, the new Tebeau Hall features suite-style living, making it an attractive option for upper-division students.)

More information about Sophomore and Above can be found here.


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