Living in Portland

Portland life

Portland is a vibrant city full of generous people situated in a Northwest Pacific Wonderland. 

Although Portland is a small city, it is bustling with festivals and local community events. During the warmer months, the Waterfront on the Willamette river hosts a festival every weekend. It has as many beer festivals as microbreweries. To top it off Portland is flanked by two different wine countries: the Willamette Valley and Hood River. Portland offers many unique art experiences. For classic art hit up the Pearl for a walk through galleries, museums, and art exhibitions. For something bolder and fun, venture out for Last Thursdays on Alberta to view the more experimental art.

The home of professional chef, James Beard, Portland hosts diverse restaurants and food carts serve local and original cuisine. Where brunch is a weekly rite worthy of being parodied on Portlandia. For those who like to cook at home, every neighborhood has a farmer's market filled with fresh produce and local goods, and being so close to the sea means we get the freshest fish. Each neighborhood is unique and offers its own scene of restaurants.

Oregon is a diverse landscape and Portland is situated in the heart of it. The Pacific Ocean and its unique sea stacks are an hour drive to the West and to the East and an hour drive is Oregon's largest mountain, Mt. Hood. The eastern half of Oregon is more reminiscent of the deserts and plains that people come to associate with the West. Fantastic hikes lie in every corner of the state.

Portland is consistently named one of the top most environmentally friendly cities in the US.  Bike commuting is a way of life with numerous bike lanes (over 200 miles!) strewn with helpful bike shops. To top it off OHSU offers complimentary bike valet at the Tram. Just drop your bike off and pick it up at the end of the day. In addition, a substantial amount of power in Portland comes from renewable sources.

 — Madeline Nguyen, Chief of Recruitment, Class of 2017

More Portland-related resources

Campus Life Resource Center

Travel Portland

Travel Oregon

Living in Oregon

Portland Business Alliance's guide to Portland