Finding off-campus housing is not always easy, so be sure to start looking early! Even if your lease is not finishing for another few months, start considering if you want to move to a new place or renew your lease.

Things to Consider

There are many things to consider before you begin your search.

    • This site lists many great ideas to think about.
  • Be prepared with questions to ask the landlords of the potential place:
  • Distance to campus will affect how much housing costs.
    • Remember that the bus system in Corvallis is completely free to use, so finding a location further away, but close to the bus routes, could save you a lot of money.
    • You could even consider finding a location in Albany, OR.
    • The “Linn-Benton Loop” bus is a free service for OSU students and goes between campus and Albany.


Cost of Living

Corvallis has on average, a higher cost of living than the nation’s average. It is very important to carefully think about your monthly budget and see how much you can afford. There are several additional costs outside of just rent to consider as well.

  • For example: groceries, car payments / insurance, textbooks, furniture, monthly subscriptions etc.


Average costs

  • Rent per month, per person:
    • Studio: $400 - $500
    • 1 bedroom: $700-$1000
    • 2+ bedrooms: $500 - $800
  • Contract fees:
    • Deposits: $300 - $1500
    • Application fees (per person): $25 - $50
    • Rental Insurance (per month): $10 - $20
  • Utilities (per month):
    • Electricity: $60 - $150
    • Internet: $40 - $100
    • Laundry: $10 - $20

Note: These costs are averages. Prices for rent and utilities can vary greatly depending on the apartment complex or house and where it is located.


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