Moving to Portland - Housing

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OHSU is a commuter campus and does not offer any on-campus or subsidized housing options. All OHSU postdocs are responsible for arranging their own housing when moving to Portland. The cost of living in Portland, Oregon is above the national average, especially in real estate ownership and rental prices. Sperling's Best Places cost of living index rates Portland at 126 compared to a U.S. national average of 100.

OHSU's Marquam Hill campus and surrounding residential areas is called the Homestead neighborhood, and is referred to as "on the hill." While living on the hill would be convenient for walking to OHSU, this area does not have many grocery stores or restaurants within walking distance. Furthermore, public transportation can be challenging after working hours and on weekends. especially when the Portland Aerial Tram is not operating. Living "off the hill" offers a better lifestyle and the commute to campus is relatively easy.

OHSU's West Campus is located in the middle of a very large residential area. There are numerous apartment complexes, bus lines, and shopping centers. Additionally, the TriMet MAX Blue Line serves the West Campus, as the nearest station is within walking distance. Many of the higher-end apartments are located within walking or biking distance to the campus. The West Campus is in the northwest part of the metropolitan area bordering the cities of Hillsboro and Beaverton.

Temporary Housing

Extended Stay Hotels

Residence Inn by Marriott - Located near the South Waterfront and Marquam Hill campuses, this hotel offers OHSU discounts.
Extended Stay America - Located near OHSU's West Campus

Short Term Rentals

Airbnb
VRBO
Vacasa

Permanent Housing

As with any move, finding suitable housing can be stressful, especially remotely. The competitiveness of the Portland housing market can make the process more difficult, but the resources below will assist you in identifying housing.

OHSU Off-campus Housing List  - A public list of OHSU-affiliated housing and roommate offers
OHSU Chucklist - An internal classifieds website for OHSU employees and affiliates
Portland Craigslist - A common forum to post housing classifieds
Trulia - Search engine for real estate for rent and for sale
Zillow - Search engine for real estate for rent and for sale
Apartments.com - A listing of Portland apartments

Other resources:
Walk Score - Rates the ease of walking, cycling, and public transit
Crime Mapper - Reported crime records in the City of Portland