Living in Portland


The city of Portland is located on the banks of the Willamette River and is only  90 minutes from the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains. Portland has been deemed one of the nation's most liveable cities with an emphasis on on 'Living Green' that includes urban farming, local food co-ops, farmer's markets and the most LEED-certified buildings per-capita in the nation.



TriMet, Portland's transportation system, was voted #1 in the nation in 2011 by US News and World Report and with 324 miles of bikeways Portland is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world . OHSU and TriMet opened the Portland Aerial Tram in 2007, adding a quick and scenic way to get to and from Marquam Hill and the South Waterfront.



Hiking: Portland offers a variety of urban hiking trails including Marquam Trail which originates at the OHSU main campus. For trails a little farther from civilization the Columbia River Gorge is just 40 minutes away and is home to Multnomah Falls.

Skiing/Boarding: Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge, located 90 minutes SW of Portland, and provide year-round opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. 



The Portland metro area is home to coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries, record shops, bars, indie clothing stores, bookstores, a thriving music scene and clubs. Professional sports in Portland include the NBA'sPortland Trail Blazers, minor-league baseball and hockey, and the city's new MLS team, the Portland Timbers. In summer, Portland's waterfront park hosts a variety of events including the Rose Festival, The Blues Festival, The Bite of Oregon and Brewfest. On the more eclectic side, the city has gained international recognition as having the best street food in the world. Food carts can be found all around the city from downtown to outer SE neighborhoods and range from Korean tacos to Southern-style BBQ.