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Welcome to the College Real Estate Page for Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Many parents ponder whether they should buy or rent while their students attend college. For some the answer is to buy and for others the answer is to rent. College Real Estate hopes to help you find which is the right answer for you. Another great tool in helping you decide is our College Real Estate guide book that walks you through the entire process of buying student property. We hope you find this site useful and welcome any and all feed back. If you would like to be connected with a College Real Estate's exclusive Realtor in Corvallis, Oregon please visit our buying page. If you have decided that buying student housing is not the right answer for you and would like to be connected with a leasing specialist please visit our leasing page.

Oregon State University

The 577 acre main campus is located in a moderately sized Oregon city and rests in the center of the fertile Willamette Valley. Although its surroundings are rural, the city is rapidly becoming more metropolitan and has seen recent periods of rapid growth. This recent growth has helped give Corvallis one of the highest standards of living in the state. Corvallis, a city of 53,000 permanent residents, was recognized in 1996 as one of the most livable cities in America. In 1994 OSU was rated the safest campus in the Pac-10 in a study of universities. Nearly 20,000 students attend OSU.

The city that Oregon State University calls home is the seventh largest city in the state. Still, Corvallis is a relatively small community and many of the local events have a strong connection to the university. Oregon State has over 300 active student organizations and groups, the most of any university in the Oregon University System. The campus is located only a few hours driving distance from any number of outdoor recreation opportunities. Several federal and state natural forests and parks make up popular student destinations. These include the Cascade Range, a rugged coastline, several large forests, a desert, and many rivers. Portland, Oregon's largest city, is 85 miles (137 km) north of the campus.

Beaver Tuition:

In-state (full year): $5,604

Out-of-state (full year): $15,678

Avg. room and board: $7,344

The Corvallis Real Estate climate

Clark House, a realtor and homeowner in the Corvallis area for over 8 years, reports. “Home prices in Benton County increased by 18.68% in the last year. The average residential sales price for Corvallis is $305,483 and the average cost per square foot is $165.00 We have seen the market slow down a little in Corvallis in the last couple of months but we have not seen prices fall at all. What this mostly means for the buyer is there is now a larger inventory of homes to pick from. In past years, properties disappeared almost as soon as they were listed, so now at least there are many more to choose from making it an excellent time for the investor to purchase.”

Renting in Corvallis

Apartment renting starts at $400-700 on average, and each additional bedroom goes for upwards of $150, depending on your location, and amenities. Renting is a popular option with students near campus of course, and so if you are set on renting, begin your search at least 90 days prior to your move-in, to assure that you’ll get your pick. Many apartments carry wait lists as much as a year out, so if you want the worm, you’ve got to get up early.

Other Helpful Resources

College Real Estate’s goal is to make the moving transition as worry and stress free as possible so we have created a moving center which provides you with helpful information from your utility providers to local grocery centers, restaurants, churches and much more.

College Real Estate also offers a How To database that will keep a new homeowner or those of you renting a house or an apartment from paying an arm and a leg for a service that can easily be done yourself. You can learn how to fix the garbage disposal, light the pilot light, the best way to get rid of rodents, and many other useful lessons. We invite you to take advantage of this knowledge or even post your own helpful article.