Parents: Frequently Asked Questions

Housing

Are freshmen required to live on campus? What are the advantages?
What if my student doesn’t have a personal computer?
Who supervises the halls?
How do students apply for housing?
What is the best residence hall?
How are roommates assigned?
What if roommates don't get along?
How is the UO’s meal plan arranged?
Are there laundry facilities?

Are freshmen required to live on campus? What are the advantages?

Freshmen at the UO are are required to live on campus. Studies have shown that students who begin their college careers in the residence halls have an easier time making the social and academic transition to college. Our residence halls provide services, leadership opportunities, and programs specifically designed for beginning undergraduates. Many of these studies have also shown that students who live in the residence halls as freshmen earn better grades, are more likely to graduate, and are happier with their overall college experience.

Each residence hall floor is staffed by an RA (resident assistant) who plans programs to help students meet each other and get involved. RAs receive extensive training, enabling them to provide useful information to students dealing with emotion or adjustment issues. Amenities in all of the residence halls include lounges, high-speed Ethernet connections in each room, laundry facilities, cable television, recreation areas, and dining facilities.

What if my student doesn’t have a personal computer?

There are many computer labs around campus for students to use. Every computer lab offers access to high-speed Internet, programs like Microsoft Office, and printing capabilities.

Who supervises the halls?

Resident assistants (RAs) supervise a community of students for the length of the school year. They live in the hall and share the public facilities with students. Beyond their academic responsibilities as full-time students, RAs act as a resource for residents with academic and personal questions, and promote safety and encourage community-building within their indivdual halls. RAs are supervised by Complex Directors, who are full-time, professional staff who train and support RAs in their efforts of leadership and hall programming, work to maintain optimal living facilities, and determine sanctions for students with disciplinary issues.

How do students apply for housing?

As soon as your student is admitted to the UO (and not before) they will be able to apply for housing and sign the housing contract online. Space is limited, so apply as soon as possible. More information is available on the University Housing website.

What is the best residence hall?

"Best" is a relative term. Specific facilities or special academic programs described in the housing guide may make a particular residence hall best for students desiring such amenities. Theme halls can move to different buildings from year to year, so students can request a theme hall and be with students who share their interests.

Because freshmen will have classes all over campus, location is not that important. Our undergraduate residence halls are co-ed, with men and women sharing common areas (lounges, laundry rooms, dining venues, etc.) in each building, but restrooms are separate. Chances are, no matter which residence hall your student chooses, in a matter of months your son or daughter will think it's the best place to live on campus.

How are roommates assigned?

All assignments are made according to the date of application, preferences, and space availability. Students who would like to room together should request each other as roommates and list their housing preferences in identical order. If the preference lists are not identical and/or the applications are submitted on different dates, University Housing honors the date of the first application received when making housing assignments. Part of the housing application includes a questionnaire in which your student will indicate some of their personal habits and preferences.

What if roommates don't get along?

This happens less frequently than people imagine. Most roommate conflicts can be resolved with discussion and compromise, just like most sibling conflicts. Here, the RA can be helpful. If all else fails, after the second week of classes, students can request a room change.

How is the UO's meal plan arranged?

Our highly rated dining program offers three meal plans as part of the room and board package. Meal plans operate on a flexible point system that students can use throughout the week at any University Housing dining venue. Meal plan points are credited each Sunday morning and expire the following Saturday night. You may choose to increase your meal plan at any time during the year, but you can decrease your meal plan only during the first week of each term. Students can accumulate up to 50 unused points during the term. These rollover points expire at the end of the term.

  • Deluxe Meal Plan--approximately nineteen meals/week (95 points per week)
    This plan is best for students who seldom skip a meal or those who like to treat a friend occasionally.  
  • Standard Meal Plan--approximately sixteen meals/week (80 points per week)
    This plan is the most popular, providing enough for meals and snacks throughout the week.  
  • Mini Meal Plan--approximately thirteen meals/week (65 points per week)
    This plan is designed for students who plan to eat a minimal number of meals on campus.

Are there laundry facilities?

Laundry rooms are located in each building. You will need a laundry card to operate the washing machines in your building. Washing will cost you 75 cents per load. Dryers are free! Add value to your laundry card by visiting an "Add Value" station located in the Hamilton Commons, LLC North Lobby, or the Barnhart lobby.