Local Atmosphere

Portland, OR
Tuition (in-state)
$22,863 ($7,653)
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: portland is weird! and being that portland is weird and portland state university is in downtown portland there are always fun and exciting placfes to eat or activities to do with friends.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Portland has a very unique vibe. It's very natural and the people are all for Organic goods and biking. The campus is on the edge of the city, yet it is decorated with a lot of trees and green space. However, the city is not too large. It's pretty safe, albeit a large population of homeless wander the city, but I am a 20 year female. I've walked the city alone at night multiple times with no problem (but then again, I am told I am recklessly brave, or simply ignorant). There are not very many things to do if you are under 21. The usual things like movies, bowling and shopping are about it. On the plus side, Portland has an excellent food culture and you never run out of new, delicious and unique places to try from breakfast, to fine dining or local bakeries and coffee shops.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I grew up here, moved away for a while, and just had to come back. It's a wonderful place to live

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Great Place to go to school. You don't need a car, if you don't mind getting rained on. It is quite expensive, but all colleges are.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Boring, area is a dump of wasted bums, and degenerates.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 80 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 81 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 11% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 88% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 81 responses

  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 42% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 47% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 81 responses

  • 5% No way.
  • 37% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 58% Totally.



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