Living in the Willamette Valley
Corvallis is located in the Willamette Valley which
extends from the Coast Range to the Cascade mountains. The countryside
around this town of 50,000 is dominated by farming and forestry. Some
of Oregon's best vineyards and wineries are in the rolling foothills
nearby. The old downtown section of Corvallis sits adjacent to the
The climate in the Willamette Valley is mild. High temperatures in July
and August average about 85°F (29°C), and the lows in the
coldest months average 37°F (5°C). Summer weather is
characterized by clear blue skies and the absence of humidity and
thunderstorms. The rain for which the Pacific Northwest is famous
generally falls between November and April. But it is noteworthy that
the annual rainfall in Corvallis is about 42 inches, less than that of
New York, Chicago, or Miami!
Living in Corvallis
Privately owned apartments, houses, and rooms are available throughout Corvallis. For information, send for: "Apartment Renter's Guide" from the Student Involvement Office at OSU. (541-737-2101) The College Inn, located directly across from Gilbert Hall houses graduate students. Interested students can write or call directly to College Inn, 155 NW Kings Boulevard Corvallis, OR 97330 (541-737-4100). A good source of current information is the local newspaper, The Gazette Times, 600 SW Jefferson Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333 (541-753-2641).
OSU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples. Employment assistance is available for students' spouses, both through the Department of Human Resources on campus and through the local State Employment Office. Contact the Department of Human Resources, Kerr Administration Bldg., Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, (541-737-3103).
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