Charleston (OIMB) Student Resources

Two students securing the OIMB boat at the dock

OIMB graduate students typically work at in Charleston, Oregon, and live on campus or nearby.

Studying in Charleston provides access to beautiful oceans and beaches as well as a smaller community with a quieter, slower pace than the city.

There is lots to do and explore here—especially for students who love the great outdoors.

Traveling to OIMB

By Car

Take Highway 101 to Coos Bay or North Bend. Follow signs to “Ocean Beaches”, “Charleston”, or “Sunset Bay”. Charleston is approximately eight miles from Coos Bay. As you enter Charleston, cross the South Slough bridge and turn right on Boat Basin Drive. OIMB is approximately one-half mile on the left at 63466 Boat Basin Drive.

Driving from Eugene takes 2.5 hours. Driving from Portland takes about 5 hours.

Additional Travel Information

Housing Resources

If you plan to live in the dormitory you must contact OIMB to reserve a space.

Student Room and Board

Food Security Resources

Coos Bay SDA Food Pantry
2175 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, Oregon

Salvation Army Cascade
1155 Flanagan Ave.
Coos Bay, Oregon

Ecumenical Emergency Food Cupboard
370 Market St.
Coos Bay, Oregon

North Bend Presbyterian Church
2238 Pony Creek Rd.
North Bend, Oregon

Discrimination and Harassment Information

Ensuring an inclusive and welcoming campus for all is a top institutional priority.  Gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence are prohibited at the University of Oregon by federal law and university policy. 

The Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance is responsible for investigating and responding to all forms of discrimination and harassment. They maintain resources for identifying and reporting cases, including guidelines on the specific obligations of Graduate Employees.

Recreational Opportunities

OIMB is located close to a diversity of extraordinary marine habitats as well as forests and hills for an abundance of outdoor recreation.

A five-minute walk takes you downtown Charleston to the general stores, restaurants, a post office, and a coffee shop. OIMB is eight miles from the cities of Coos Bay and North Bend with their public libraries, movie theaters, stores, and large ocean ship docks.