Off-Campus Housing

Portland, OR
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Portland's housing market is very competitive.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You Can Definitely Live Off-Campus If You Want – You have to put in the effort to look for a place and secure it yourself, but it's definitely doable, and it's pretty common for students to rent out houses together. If you're on financial aid you can also get some or all off-campus housing cost covered, which is awesome. There are some great houses in the area to rent rooms in. Apartments are way less common.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Cheap and Plentiful – Off-campus housing is not expensive nor hard to find. It's pretty easy to find a huge, sweet house to share with 3-4 people that is very close to campus for $300-450/person. There are also dedicated "Reed" houses in the nearby neighborhoods that have held generations of Reedies. Many upperclassmen live off campus with their friends and walk/bike to school.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I Don't Know!! As a freshman who lives in the dorms, I cannot review the off campus housing.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Choices – Housing in Portland is not a huge problem. This is not a particularly expensive place to live, and if you've got a couple of friends to split the cost, it can actually be as cheap as 300-400 dollars a month for a house or an apartment--and that's a whole heck of a lot cheaper than dorms and board plans!!


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Ben DuPree
Los Angeles, Calif.
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The cost of living off campus in Portland is very inexpensive. From small basement holes that cost below $200 per month to beautiful studio apartments that range from $500 to $750, living around Reed costs much less than living on campus. It also provides copious amounts of space and a Portland atmosphere that makes living in the dorms seem like a punishment. Although many students love living on campus for the college environment, a majority of Reedies prefers to live off campus because of the cost, freedom to cook for themselves, and the luxurious amounts of space that off-campus living affords. To sweeten the deal, living off campus is exceptionally simple, as a plethora of affordable housing options exist within a five-block radius of Reed. However, students also suggest that, if you do plan to live off campus, owning a car helps the situation by taking the hassle out of public transportation. However, owning a car off campus isn't completely necessary, as the TriMet public busing system allows for cheap and relatively quick travel around town.

There are two types of off-campus students: those who move by choice and those who Reed forces into the decision due to a bad number in the housing lottery. If Reed's housing lottery leaves you high and dry, Reed contracts with the Wimbledon apartment complex across the street from the school so that a decent number of students who don't want to go through the trouble of finding other housing can live there. Essentially, if a student is stuck off campus without housing, Reed ensures that the student can find a place to live without much trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Before the end of a semester
Popular Areas
  • Garden Park Apartments
  • Wimbledon Apartments
Average Rents
  • Studio: $550
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $750
  • House: $1,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 9 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 9 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 0% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 33% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 67% 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 8 responses

  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 12% Extremely helpful.
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