Graduate/Law School Housing

This page will be updated in late April 2021. 

Beginning February 1 and continuing until June 1, 2020*, an extremely popular area of campus housing on the undergraduate campus is reserved specifically for students of the Graduate School of Education & Counseling and the Northwestern School of Law.  Nine single rooms in Holmes Hall are clustered around two single occupancy restrooms with a shower, sink and toilet, and a central lounge and kitchen with a large dining table that encourages shared community. For more information about life on campus and Holmes Hall in particular, please take a look at our brochure.  

View our Holmes Fact Sheet to see room photos and features of the area.

*If rooms are not fully subscribed by graduate and/or law students by May 1 the remaining rooms will be released and filled with upper-division undergraduate students from an established waiting list.

PLEASE NOTE:  For the past several years, we have reached full occupancy by early-April.  If you’re interested in pursuing this opportunity, we encourage you to apply early.  A waiting list will be established and you will be notified if we receive your reservation request once full occupancy has been achieved.

On-campus living is convenient.

Living on-campus provides you with close access to all of your classes, study groups, and the academic environment.  Residence halls are located on the College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate campus and are within a short walking distance to both the graduate and law campuses.

It’s easy to get from campus to other places in town as well.  The FREE Pioneer Express shuttle conveniently runs between campus and downtown Portland as well as to Fred Meyer, the local one-stop shopping center.  Trimet, Portland’s bus service, stops regularly on campus and runs to locations in the southwest and downtown areas.  The campus also offers rental access to on-site Zipcars.

Living on campus also puts you close to our dining venues where you can have a healthy and delicious meal prepared for you or simply grab a snack or coffee on your way to and from class.  Maggie’s Cafe in Roberts Hall is open from noon until midnight for snack items and coffee. 

On-campus living provides added amenities.

Room rent for a single room ($4,233*/semester) includes electricity, heat, garbage disposal, recycling, wireless network access, and free laundry. The College supplies an extra-long twin bed, desk, desk chair, 3-drawer dresser stack, wardrobe for hanging clothes plus a wastebasket, and recycle bin.

The Holmes Grad/Law pod has a common study space and a kitchen, located in the Grad/Law pod, and laundry facilities, recreational equipment, and coin-operated snack machines shared with undergraduate residents.  Additionally, and in close proximity to Holmes Hall, the residence halls also feature a convenience store, coffee shop, recreation/exercise space and a Student Art Center which includes a dark room, ceramics studio, areas for painting/drawing and a sound isolation room for music practice and a dance floor for practice/performance space.

Campus residents are also eligible to sign up for a meal plan, though it is not required of graduate and law students. You may choose from among six meal plans; four of which include flex points. Flex is value, placed on your student ID card, which you can use like a declining balance. More on meal plans can be found here.

To Apply:

If we receive more requests than we have rooms to fill, priority will be given to those who commit to a full academic year of campus residency.  Cancellations during an academic term are not permitted.  After July 1, the deposit is non-refundable.

If you sign a contract for a full academic year (late August through early May), the College WILL uphold the signed contract and expect payment in full.  Your rent will be billed to your student account in two billing cycles; mid-August for Fall semester and mid-December for Spring semester.

Please be advised that while we limit the pod to graduate and law students, the remainder of the residence hall houses our undergraduate students. Bus schedules, food service, and quiet hours are based on the undergraduate calendar, though your move-in and move-out dates are based on the law/graduate school calendar. We encourage you to plan in advance. Housing over breaks during the academic year carries additional rent and must be requested through the Office of Campus Living.