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.


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.


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-men or all-women wing, we have some limited single gender wings available. Buxton and Sackett have wings for students who identify as a women and Sackett has wings for students who identify as a man.

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.


These are the locations for 2017-2018
  • Buxton 4th floor wing (rooms 449-469)
  • McNary 4th floor wing (rooms 401-421)
  • Sackett A wing (all rooms)
  • Weatherford 4th floor (all rooms)


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).


These are the locations for 2017-2018:
  • Callahan 6th floor wing (rooms 601-621)
  • Cauthorn 4th floor wing (rooms 401-421)
  • Poling 5th floor (all rooms)


Second Year and Above experience

While first-year students are required to live on campus, a growing number of Second Year 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 Second Year and Above communities. To select the halls that offer Second Year and Above, students must be at least 20 years old OR a transfer student OR a returning student.

More information about halls for Second Year and Above.


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