Understanding Your Housing Application and Contract

As you navigate through the process of applying for housing at Oregon State University, we have compiled a list of tips to assist you through the process.

For help with selecting a roommate, look at our Tips for Selecting A Roommate.


How to log into the housing application portal

Students can apply for housing via the MyUHDS web portal. In order to log in, you must first set up your Oregon State University ONID e-mail and use your ONID username and password to access MyUHDS.


Your application is also your contract

Please read over the terms and conditions carefully before you sign this legal document. Signing your contract now ensures you will be all set to either select a room or be assigned a room once you commit to Oregon State University. See our important dates page for more information regarding when you are eligible for a room assignment based on the term for which you are applying.

Make sure you understand the contract before you sign your housing application.


No financial commitment until you are assigned a room

We do not require a deposit or fee to apply for housing. We do this in an effort to make the process easy and accessible for all students. The first charge for housing will be a $50 non-refundable housing contract fee that will be assessed when you select or are assigned a room. For fall students, this $50 charge will be assessed in conjunction with fall term housing charges and will appear on the University bill that is issued in September.


Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) and Special Interest Communities (SICs) are designed to assist you with your academic and social endeavors

As you complete the housing application and contract, please look over our list of LLCs and SICs, and think about what will be the best community for you at OSU. Please be aware that some LLCs have specific eligibility requirements, so be sure that you meet these before selecting them on your housing application.


Dining plans are required

As part of the housing application process, you will be required to select one of our four dining plan options. Don’t worry too much about making the best selection as we know that eating patterns and needs change as you navigate living on campus. We allow students to change their dining plans throughout the term (you can only lower your plan the first three weeks of a term, but can increase your plan at any time) based on how you utilize your dining dollars. Keep an eye on your spending patterns and be sure to adjust accordingly. We recommend to start with plan #2.


There is a live-on requirement for first-year students

As part of a comprehensive First Year Experience program, the University requires first-year students to live-on campus their first year at OSU. To learn more about this requirement, review our First Year Experience page.


You can return to your application to make updates

Change your mind about your living preferences? Want to revise your answer to a roommate matching question? Don’t worry, we’ve set the application up to allow you to return to the application at any time until you are assigned/select a room to update any information on your application. Returning to your application to make updates will not change your application completion date or change your priority date for room assignment.


Accommodations for disabilities

If you have a documented disability and would like to request an accommodation as part of the housing assignment process, please complete a Disability Accommodation Request. Housing staff will work in conjunction with Disability Access Services staff to provide a reasonable accommodation based on the individual needs of a student.


Complete this application and contract yourself

We understand that parents are actively involved in the college selection process for many students, but this application and contract are for you, not your parents. This is about your experience on campus: where you want to live, who you want to live with, how you’re going to eat, etc. We encourage you to get input from family about this process but remember this is your contract and your experience.