Your New Home
“Oregon is an inspiration.” – Tom McCall, 30th Governor of Oregon from 1967-1975
Portland, the largest city in Oregon that was named in a coin toss, is nestled between the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It is well-known for its parks, bridges and active citizens, as well as for its eco-friendliness, microbreweries and coffeehouses. Portland is also one of the only cities in the world to house a medical school, a naturopathic college, a chiropractic college and a college of oriental medicine. With a population of more than 600,000 people, its residents experience the cultural advantages of a major city, but with small town charm.
The community vibe sets Portland apart from other large cities with its art walks, galleries, theaters and Saturday Market. It has endless shopping and dining choices, an award-winning public transportation system and never-ending activities. Whether you’re a foodie, adventurer, musician, pet lover, or a home beer brewer (or maybe a mixture of all of these and more), Portland has something for you. The motto is, “Keep Portland Weird,” and its residents take that to heart.
Portland is a beautiful city, with a backdrop of Mount Hood and flowing rivers, and is known as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in North America, and the world.
Food and Drink
After your stroll around the food carts, it won’t be hard to find something to drink with your dishes. The city has the most breweries and independent microbreweries of any in the world. Wine tasting is also a popular activity with many urban wineries to explore. Not in the mood for homebrews or a glass of wine? There is always coffee, and Portland residents love their coffee. The statement is made abundantly clear due to the nearly 3,000 coffee shops in the area. Some of the best include Stumptown Coffee, a former nickname for the city, Barista, Rain or Shine or Good Coffee.
Running is a popular activity in Portland. The city hosts a number of races including the Portland Marathon and the Shamrock Run that draws over 30,000 participants, held annually on St. Patrick’s Day. Parts of the Hood to Coast Relay, the world’s largest long-distance relay race (by number of participants), adventure through the city too. Depending on the year, UWS has the opportunity for you to run these races as part of the university team or via a student club too. Need a new pair of running shoes? The Portland metro area is a headquarters for athletic and footwear giants such as Nike and Adidas.