Off-Campus Housing

Portland, OR
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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't attempted to live off campus so far, but I've been to several different students' houses off campus which were within walking distance, seemed really nice and fun. I think the whole process varies a lot student-to-student. I guess in this part it's worth noting that under most circumstances, students are required to live on-campus for their first two years.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: My comments are solely based on what friends have told me. It is difficult to find reasonably priced off campus living that in near campus. Other than that, every thing is pretty average. L&C is located in a well off neighborhood, making the housing around campus extremely expensive, and the Portland area itself is very expensive.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Incredibly expensive, you can only live off campus starting junior year, and not very convenient.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Portland is a great place to live and the surrounding communities are awesome

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of cute houses around the place, but they are expensive.


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  • 43rd
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Alia Hatlani
Manama, Bahrain
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Students at Lewis & Clark are required to live on campus the first two years, unless they’re already a resident in Portland. By junior year, they’re free to live off campus, and it’s a pretty popular choice. Some students choose to live in the on-campus apartments, but many decide against it because living off campus in a house with three other people is a lot cheaper. Some students prefer being on campus and being close to classes and such; however, there are a lot of people who view the slightly longer trek to campus as completely worth it for the freedom.

Most students living off campus can catch the Pioneer Express to get to classes, instead of owning a car. In the end, it actually is quite a bit cheaper to live off campus than in the dorms. A lot of students anxiously await the day when they can move, especially after they do the math and figure out how much they could be saving.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The spring and summer months
Popular Areas
  • Burlingame
  • Lake Oswego
  • Mountain Park
  • Sellwood
Average Rents
  • Studio: $400
  • 1 BR: $500
  • 2 BR: $800
Did You Know?
Lewis & Clark is in a residential area, and there are many homeowners who rent out their homes to students at great prices.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 50% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 40% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 30 responses

  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 3% Extremely helpful.
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