International Students

First-Year Experience 

  • OSU-Cascades has implemented a First-Year Experience (FYE) program to connect students with key campus resources, build community and provide academic support and services designed to enhance student success, satisfaction and retention.
  • As part of the First-Year Experience program, Oregon State University requires full-time, first-year students to live on campus.

Degree & Exchange Students

  • Degree students that fall under FYE are required to live on campus their first year. To find out if you are required to live on campus, see the FYE website and read the full live-on policy.
  • Exchange students and Non-FYE degree students are not required to live on campus, but are encouraged to apply for on campus housing.

On Campus Housing

Applying for housing

Living on campus

  • Students are eligible to move into their on-campus accommodations one day prior to the start of International Student orientation.
  • International appliances may not work in residence halls. All residence space has standard North American outlets with 120 volts. An adaptor and/or converter may be needed for items (computer, hair dryer, etc.) purchased outside of the United States. To see a list of appliances that are allowed in the residence space, see What to Bring.

 Food options & spiritual space

Cancellation policy

  • To cancel your housing contract after moving in, students will need to meet with the Resident Director to begin the cancellation process.
  • If the cancellation takes place after moving in, students will be responsible for the fee of the remaining Contract Term excluding unused Dining Dollars.
  • Exchange Students leaving at the end of the fall or winter term can cancel their contract without paying the cancellation fee by going through the cancellation process.
  • If you are no longer going to attend the university, you will not be subject to fee associated with breaking the contract.
  • Things to know about your contract.

Dining

  • Dining Plans are required for all students who live on campus. Description of dining plans can be found on Dining Plan Options
  • OSU-Cascades UHDS has many dining options throughout campus, including vegan and vegetarian and gluten-free. For more information on specialty dining options, or to meet with our nutritionist to find dining options that meet your needs, visit Nutrition Information.

Student Conduct and Community Standards

  • Students are expected to follow the OSU-Cascades UHDS Community Standards policy.  Language barrier or lack of knowledge of OSU-Cascades UHDS rules and regulations is not an acceptable excuse for breaking policy. Students will be held accountable for policy violations. A full version of the OSU-Cascades UHDS Policy Guide can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What if I can’t find my food?

OSU-Cascades UHDS has many dining options in the Beaver Dam Cafe, including vegan and vegetarian and gluten-free. For more information on specialty dining options, or to meet with our nutritionist to find dining options that meet your needs, visit Nutrition Information.

When can I move in?

International students with campus housing assignments may have orientation beginning prior to campus move-in dates. Students who need to arrive early to campus for orientation may move in one day prior to the start of orientation. You will not be able to move into housing until the date your housing assignment starts.

Will my appliances work?

All residence space has standard North American outlets with 120 volts. An adaptor and/or converter may be needed for items (computer, hair dryer, etc.) purchased outside of the United States. To see a list of appliances that are allowed in the residence space, see this list.

What if I have problems with my roommate?

Many first-year college students have never had a roommate before. A great roommate match takes effort from both people. As long as you and your roommate communicate well and discuss issues ahead of time, such as schedules, cleanliness of the room, and visitors, you will find that having a roommate is not a bad thing (in fact, it can even be a great thing). However, if you discover that you and your roommate can't resolve your conflicts, find a staff member in the Residence Hall. These trained individuals are available to assist in solving conflicts.

How do I meet other students at OSU-Cascades?

There are many ways for students to meet other students and get involved at OSU-Cascades. The Associated Students of Cascades Campus (ASCC) has many clubs for students to participate in. A list of clubs can be found here.

Where do I go to eat?

Your OSU-Cascades UHDS Dining Dollars give you the flexibility to eat what and when you want at the Beaver Dam Cafe.

Where do I get my mail?

Mail and packages are delivered to the mailroom on the first floor of the residence hall. You will be assigned a mailbox and combination code.

How do I check in and get my keys to my room?

International students may move into their campus housing assignments after 8 a.m. one day prior to the start of International Student Orientation. Your ID card is your room key.

If it is after 7 p.m. or you do not yet have your ID, the resident will need to check in with the on-duty Resident Assistant (RA). The RA on-duty can be reached by calling the posted cell phone number on the residence hall door. We encourage students to arrive during the day whenever possible however after 7 p.m. you will only be keyed into your room. The next morning, residents must go to the mail room to get their ID card.

What is my campus address?

OSU-Cascades
1500 SW Chandler Ave.
Bend, OR 97702

Your assigned mailbox can be found via your MyUHDS.

How does my meal plan work?

Dining plans are pre-loaded onto your Student ID and may be used at the Beaver Dam Cafe.

How does my internet work?

All residence halls have both wired and wireless internet. We suggest students use plug devices into their wall ports when possible since WiFi may be slower than ethernet.

How do I change rooms?

Housing is sometimes very full, and room changes will not happen quickly.  For more information on how to change rooms, please visit Changing Rooms.

Can I smoke on campus?

Oregon State University - Cascades is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on campus.

How do I cancel my contract?

The housing contract is a document that tells you what the rules and expectations are for a resident living with us. When you sign the contract you agree to the rules and guidelines. If you are no longer going to attend the university, you will not be subject to fee associated with breaking the contract.

Exchange students will not have to pay a cancellation fee at the time of leaving Oregon State University - Cascades for study abroad, if they properly check out of their room and inform OSU-Cascades UHDS they are exchange students prior to leaving. Exchange students can not cancel their contract mid-year unless they are returning to their home university.

How can I get packages?

Packages can be mailed to your campus address. When a package arrives, the Service Center will notify you through your ONID email account. You will need to show your student ID to receive your package.

How can I travel around Bend?

There are many ways to travel throughout the Bend area. Students can choose between the Cascades East Transit, taxicabs, bicycling or walking. The Transit System is free to use. Bus maps and schedules can be found here.  

How to call a cab?

Bend has a few taxi companies. Before calling for a taxi, be prepared to leave when the taxi arrives, drivers will charge you if they have to wait.

Where can I buy a bike?

Bicycles can be purchased from many places including Craigslist, secondhand stores, and bicycle shops located in town. Bicycles can also be rented from Zagster on campus.

How can I get a single room?

There are very few single rooms on campus. Students may request to be placed on a waitlist for a single room by meeting with their Resident Director, however many students do not choose to move out of their single room once they have moved in.

Where and when do I need to pay my housing and dining bill?

Housing and Dining charges are placed on your Student Account at the beginning of each term. You are responsible to pay your bill at that time either online or at Enrollment Services.

How do I sign my contract?

If you are 17+ years old, you may sign the contract electronically via your MyUHDS account. If you are under 17, you will need to electronically confirm your assignment and shortly thereafter you will receive a paper contract in the mail. You are required to have a parent or guardian co-sign on the contract if you are under the age of 17.

Where do I see my bill?

You can find your bill at myosu.oregonstate.edu.

I’m an exchange student, do I have a special contract?

No, exchange students sign the same contract to live on campus. Exchange students will not have to pay a cancellation fee if they properly check out of their room and inform OSU-Cascades UHDS they are exchange students prior to leaving.

I wanted a single, why am I living in a double or triple?

Less than 10% of campus rooms are single rooms. Students who requested a single room, but were placed in a double or triple room will only be charged for the room type they were placed in.

I have too much money left on my meal plan, can I get it back?

You are welcome to modify your dining plan via your MyUHDS .

Can I have a pet?

The only pets allowed in OSU-Cascades UHDS facilities are fish in tanks that are smaller than 10 gallons. 

Can I send packages before I move in?

Students moving into campus housing may send packages to their campus mailing address one week prior to moving in.