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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The direct area that the school is located is in the hills which is fairly expensive. Right now an apartment close to campus is running at almost $1000 for a 1 bedroom. The apartments are nice up there, but living further away from campus students can usually get a 2 bedroom for between $750-900 and share it with a roommate to make it more affordable.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most upperclassmen live in houses in the surrounding area. I've been told it's almost always less expensive than living on campus, and they tend to really enjoy it. There's rarely parties to go to at this school, but if there are, they're at off-campus houses. Houses to rent seem pretty easy to find, and I think lots of students tend to pass them down to their friends.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school sits in the middle of a neighborhood, so options are certainly close, though one would probably still avoid a car since parking on campus is very limited.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to find on a budget - it takes diligence - but there are options, especially for shared houses.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love living in Portland, it is great and you aren't limited to the dorms and to the campus


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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 38 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 37 responses

  • 38% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 46% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 38 responses

  • 5% Extremely helpful.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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