All freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus unless they are married, over 21, or living with parent(s) within a commutable distance of 25 miles or less.
Graduate Apartments on Campus
Because the majority of the University's 2,400 students are undergraduates who live on campus, a separate off-campus housing office does not exist. When undergraduate apartments are not at capacity, a limited number of units at the University Apartments and Haseldorf Apartments may be offered to graduate students. Contact Residential Services to be put on the waiting list (503.370.6880 or firstname.lastname@example.org). If space becomes available, leases are sent out in late June.
Moving to Salem
The following material has been adapted from the Willamette University College of Law publication Moving to Salem. Please do some independent investigation to identify the apartment that meets your needs. The material provided on off-campus housing is only informational in nature and the groups listed are not affiliated with the Office of Residential Services and/or Willamette University.
The character of our city is an interesting blend of influences. Salem is Oregon's capital city and has the state's second-largest population. Yet, within a matter of 20 minutes you can go from the downtown shopping area to rolling acres of vineyards west of the Willamette River. Salem is also about an hour's drive from the Cascade Mountains, the Oregon Coast and the city of Portland. You will have a wide choice of activities.
Information for Those Moving or Living Off Campus
Moving off campus can be an exciting yet stressful time. These documents were produced to help answer some of the questions you may have about living off campus. There may also be some other resources out there that you may not know of in Salem! (All are in Adobe PDF format and can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free utility available here.)
Being a Good Neighbor
When you and your friends sign a lease, you've taken a major step as an independent adult. With those privileges also come responsibilities. Willamette University encourages you to be a good neighbor in whichever area of Salem that you choose to live. Your actions help ensure Willamette students maintain a good reputation in our larger community. [ Continue reading "How to be a good neighbor" ]
A Word on International Students
Unlike U.S. students, international students do not have absolute freedom since the U.S. government requires an international student to fulfill certain requirements to maintain a student status. This includes factors like always being a full-time student, attending class regularly, and following certain immigration procedures when traveling. In general, these requirements are not a burden for students. However, these rules can seem severe when students get into trouble. [ Continue reading "International Students" ]
There's a reason it's called throwing a party — a host has to be ready to catch some curve balls and juggle the unexpected when it comes to staging an event that's fun, entertaining and safe for everyone. [ Continue reading "Safe Parties" ]
As a tenant in Oregon, you have rights and responsibilities. To avoid problems, it is important that you know what these rights and responsibilities are to protect yourself. [ Continue reading "Tenants Rights" ]
Living Next to Bush Elementary
Some important information for those who live and interact in the Bush Elementary School area. [ Continue reading "Living Next to Bush Elementary" ]
How to Look for Housing
The newspaper is your best resource. The Statesman Journal is Salem's daily newspaper. The Sunday edition features the greatest number of rental announcements. Houses, apartments, townhouses and duplexes are listed by category and by geographic area.
The Oregonian is Portland's daily newspaper and it includes rental announcements for Portland and the city's suburban areas. It includes a very limited list of Salem rentals.
Campus Bulletin Boards
A few rental announcements are posted on the bulletin boards located on the ground floor of the University Center, in the lower level of the College of Law near the locker area and Atkinson's 1st floor student lounge.
Graduate Students Looking for a Roommate
If you are interested in sharing an apartment or house, please email the admission offices listed below. We will do our best to put you in contact with other interested students.