Courtyard in Corvallis, Oregon – Home to Oregon State University and close to Linn-Benton Community College – provides a great Christian student living environment.
A Defining Time
Whether you are attending OSU, LBCC or another higher education program, you will decide who your friends will be, and the type of career you want to pursue. But here at Courtyard, you will also have the opportunity to move forward in your journey with Christ with like-minded people, living in an others-centered environment. The purpose of Courtyard is to provide an encouraging and economical living environment where up to 48 Christian collegiate students, both men and women, can be built up in their relationships with Jesus Christ and with one another.
Courtyard is a community where being a Christian is more than a label. Here, it is being a disciple of Jesus Christ. During this defining time, you will forge friendships with other believers and connect with people who will support you when you need it, and where you’ll be encouraged to live out your faith.
Residents are expected to be active in a local Bible-teaching church body and be engaged in some form of ministry service. Monday nights are Family Night where residents all meet for a great dinner, fellowship, and special activities.
Compare the options in Corvallis and you will find that Courtyard has the best of everything.
Courtyard is a co-ed house that houses up to 48 residents and consists of a men’s wing, a women’s wing, and an apartment wing with two apartments for men and two apartments for women. The apartments include a kitchenette. The rooms vary in size from two residents to eight residents and each room includes either attached bathrooms or a private bathroom in the hall. Click here to view a typical floor plan.
- Each room is provided with wireless and many have hard-wired internet access, and cable TV access.
Meals are provided Monday through Friday whenever OSU is in session. No meals are provided during weekends, holidays, or school breaks such as Christmas break or Spring break. The resident kitchen is always available for residents to prepare their own meals during these times.
Typical breakfast items such as cereal, fruit, yogurt, and various breads are provided by Courtyard but residents are responsible for preparation. Both lunch and dinner are prepared by our wonderful chef who takes pride in her cooking. Lunch is either cold or hot items but dinner is typically a hot meal.
Although the cost will vary depending on the room type, the rates per month includes your room, meals, utilities, and amenities and are about 60% of a standard OSU dorm and meal plan. Click here to view the price chart.
Resident Chore Responsibilities
Each resident will have three chores per week as part of the co-operative type living arrangement. There is one meal cleanup or dish duty per week and two housekeeping chores assigned to each resident. This co-op type life style is one of service and service is a from of worship.
“The difficulties of life do not have to be unbearable. It is the way we look at them – through faith or unbelief – that makes them seem so. We must be convinced that our Father is full of love for us and that He only permits trials to come our way for our own good.
Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God. The more we know Him, the more we will desire to know Him. As love increases with knowledge, the more we know God, the more we will truly love Him. We will learn to love Him equally in times of distress or in times of great joy.”
― Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
Community Service Responsibilities
Each Courtyard resident is expected to attend a Bible-teaching church every Sunday. In addition, each resident is also expected to participate in a variety of community service opportunities for a minimum of 10 hours per term. Many residents may already be involved in community service or serving in their local church and this qualifies. Click here for a list of other community service options. You may be able to come up with your own, as well. Serving is a way of showing God’s love to others, possibly leading to open doors for the gospel. Residents are encouraged to move beyond their comfort zone to reach those in need of the message of God’s saving grace.
Courtyard provides a place to enjoy college life and includes:
- Space for private and public evenings with live music, parties, bible studies and small groups
- Ping pong and foosball tables
- A lounge room with a community TV and video games
- Sports teams for OSU intramural sports such as flag football, basketball and softball
- An outside courtyard garden area with a fountain located in the center of the building
- Private areas for study, and quiet time during finals weeks
- Washers and dryers for laundry included (residents provide laundry soap)
- Living rooms with gas fireplaces
- On-site parking available for additional monthly fee
Directors and Leadership
The Courtyard Director, the Assistant Director and the House Chef are all staff members and, except for the chef, all live on the premises and manage the house full-time. There is also a leadership team comprised of residents elected during the previous year, each with various areas of responsibility, and, together with the Directors, will provide oversight and assist with activities and resident life.
Click here to meet the current leadership team.