Frequently Asked Questions


Where Can My Family Stay When They Bring Me to the BEST Summer Bridge Program?

Most out-of-state students and families travel to Corvallis a day in advance and stay in local hotels, motels, or B&B’s. These costs are not covered by the BEST Bridge Program, and parents and families are asked to make their own reservations. Here’s a list of local hotels.





Best Western

925 NW Garfield


Comfort Suites Corvallis

1730 NW 9th St.


Corvallis Budget Inn

1480 SW 3RD ST


Days Inn

1113 NW 9TH ST


Econolodge/Rodeway Inn

345 NW 2nd ST


Hilton Garden Inn (on campus)

2500 SW Western Ave


Holiday Inn Express

781 NW 2ND ST


Motel 6

935 NW Garfield


Super 8

407 NW 2ND ST




What Should I Bring to Campus or Purchase Once I’m at the BEST Program?

There are a variety of personal items that the BEST Program does not provide. The list below gives you a sense of what you may want to bring with you.  When going through the list, please keep in mind that space is limited in the residence halls.

  • Valid driver’s license, state-issued ID card or current passport (You must have this in order to pick up your Student ID Card)

  • Laptop computer (if you can)

  • Alarm clock

  • Backpack or book bag

  • Bedding—sheets (twin size, extra-long) pillows, pillow cases, blankets, comforter (California King size for extra-long beds if requested)

  • U-shaped bike lock if you are bringing a bicycle

  • Calendar/day planner

  • Clothes hangers

  • Ethernet cord if you have a laptop (This is needed to connect to internet in your room)

  • Flash drive (aka USB drive, jump drive)

  • “Fun Tack” (For hanging items on the wall)

  • Laundry bag and supplies (Detergent, softeners, iron)

  • Mini fridge (Optional – must be 2.5 cubic ft. or smaller and cannot draw more than 1.5 amps)

  • Oscillating/electric fan (Recommended as residence hall rooms are not air conditioned)

  • Rain coat and umbrella

  • School materials (Paper, writing utensils, notebooks, etc.)

  • Shower shoes and hygiene essentials (shampoo, soap, etc.)

  • Shower tote

  • Storage crates and stackable containers

  • Telephone (Optional – local service provided)

  • Television (Optional – cable provided)

  • Towels

  • Washcloths

  • Water shoes-any old shoes or sandals you can wear in the water for rafting (We have “booties” available in some sizes)

How Can My Family Help Get Me Settled?

There are several ways in which your accompanying family members can help you settle in to your residence hall and life in Corvallis.  These include:

  • helping you move into the residence hall

  • shopping with you in Corvallis for basic household goods or school supplies

  • opening a bank account, if necessary

  • ordering a parking permit, if you are keeping a car

  • checking out OSU facilities

  • registering your bike with Public Safety

You may also want to visit this website for parents and families of OSU students: