University of Western States is located in a quiet and affordable residential neighborhood only 20 minutes from downtown Portland. UWS does not offer on-campus housing, however, the office of student services helps provide students with housing resources for Portland and surrounding areas near the university. Information about community housing opportunities is posted throughout campus and is also available in the UWS classified listings.
Portland is made up of five distinct sections: North, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest – each with their own personality.
Burnside Street divides the town from north to south and the Willamette River divides east from west. The river is also the starting point for the north and south avenues that fan out in increasing order from either side of the river. For example, University of Western States is located at 2900 NE 132nd Avenue, which means that we are in the Northeast section (north of Burnside) 132 blocks from the river.
UWS is located in the Russell neighborhood in the outer northeast section of the city. Most students who live in Portland choose to live nearby in the north, northeast or southeast sections and often close to one of the following bus lines that travel near our campus (#23 and #77 – walking distance, #22 and #71 – biking distance). When looking into housing, take note of our location and surrounding neighborhoods: Parkrose Heights, Wilkes and Hazelwood.
While it is possible to live on the west side of the Willamette River in Beaverton, Hillsboro and SW Portland, the commutes tend to be much longer. Instead, students frequently live in adjacent suburbs that offer lower rents and larger living accommodations such as Clackamas, Corbett, Damascus, Fairview, Gladstone, Gresham, Happy Valley, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Troutdale and West Linn. The commute to UWS is also very easy on Interstate 205 from the following communities across the Columbia River in Washington: Battle Ground, Camas, Salmon Creek, Vancouver and Washougal.
Here’s a helpful map with information on neighborhood boundaries. Students interested in finding nearby housing should utilize the UWS classified listing section “Housing Near UWS Campus/Roommate Wanted”. Craigslist is also a helpful resource. For pet owners, the Oregon Humane Society keeps a list of pet friendly rentals. Read up on the City of Portland’s Fair Housing laws here.
UWS Students’ Top Six Near-Campus Housing Picks
Other Local Housing Resources
*University of Western States does not endorse any of these properties or housing resources.
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No car? No problem. “Go green” (it’s the Portland way) and take public transportation to class – you’ll save money. UWS provides free public transportation passes to students who choose that option. UWS students, staff and faculty are all encouraged to bus, train, bike, hike, skateboard or roller-skate to the university. Get some fresh air and exercise by replacing your daily car-commute with something a little more fun.
The #23 and #77 bus lines drop off just blocks from campus. Bus lines #22 and #71 are an easy biking distance from campus. Check out Portland TriMet for more information on public transportation.