The Orochi lived in small settlements (usually of one to three houses; rarely, of four or five) along rivers in the taiga. Half-earthen constructs with two sloping sides served as their winter dwellings, made warm by coverings of earthen blocks, as well as carpets. Some of the Orochi lived in winter dwellings with Chinese-type stove-bench heating, analogous to the type also known among the Nanai and Ul'cha of the Amur.
Summer dwellings were located along small rivers. These homes were rectangular bark houses or conical huts with two sloping sides. During the summer they changed locations several times, depending on the success of the catch. Winter dwellings served for decades, whereas the summer dwellings were seasonal.