New housing options planned to draw more students to on-campus living

Housing unitsSince 2013, Oregon State University students have been required to live on campus during their freshman year. Now, University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS) is exploring options and creating incentives to encourage on-campus living for upper-division and graduate students.

The university is reviewing proposals from private developers for family housing that would also be available for graduate and international students, students living with domestic partners, as well as Oregon State faculty and staff.

To attract returning students for a second or third year of on-campus living, UHDS housing options include amenities important to upper-division students. Currently, five campus residence halls offer either apartment or suite-style living, private bathrooms and showers, large community kitchens and floor lounges.

“Future developments will be thoughtful, deliberate and dependent on enrollment projections, market conditions and student demand,” says Dan Larson, executive director of UHDS. “We will proceed in a way that considers short-, mid- and long-term needs for Oregon State students.”

UHDS is also addressing the issue of housing affordability. All students living on campus next year will receive a 25 percent discount when they purchase meals at university dining centers. Students who return to on-campus housing in fall 2015 will also receive a loyalty discount of $100 per month for their 2015-16 housing contract.

In addition, over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, UHDS hopes to become one of the first institutions in the nation to join the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program that provides nutrition assistance to low-income families. Students who participate in the SNAP program will receive an Oregon Trail Card that can be used at Cascadia Market on campus.

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