Lewis & Clark College is a residential campus with a four semester on-campus residency requirement that begins with your first semester as a Pioneer. While we hope you continue to live on-campus after completion of the residency requirement, we recognize that you have a choice about where you are going to live and may wish to find off-campus housing. Although we do not have resources to help students move off campus, we have provided some helpful information below.
Information for First-time Renters
Affordable Colleges Online offers a handy Resource Guide to look at the pros and cons of living on v. living off, and tips for finding housing.
BestColleges.com, a student resource website, has developed a Student Renter’s Guide for helpful tips, including cost calculators, guides on types of rentals, lease options, and more.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development outlines the laws protecting renter’s rights, and provides information for Oregon renters.
The Oregon State Bar Association also provides Oregon specific laws regarding renting.
This article from the Seattle Times provides information on Renter’s Insurance. Renter’s insurance is offered from most insurance companies.
Where to Find Off-Campus Housing
Not familiar with Portland? Check out a neighborhood guide here.
The following resources have been recommended by third-party companies or individuals. The Office of Campus Living does not specifically recommend or endorse any of these websites or companies- they are simply listed as resources. We would appreciate feedback, particularly if you have difficulties.
Craigslist.org - Houses, apartments, shared housing, sublets, etc. Search “Lewis & Clark” or look for your neighborhood of choice.
Trulia.com - Includes houses and apartment complexes, large and small
- Homes.com- Includes houses and apartment complexes
Apartments.com - Includes mostly large complexes
Rent.com - Includes mostly large complexes
- Zillow.com -Includes single houses, townhomes, and apartment complexes
- RentToOwnLabs.com - Includes single houses, townhomes, and apartment complexes
Chnw.org- College Housing Northwest, a nonprofit housing corporation in Portland, Oregon provides housing in seven unique apartment buildings, all located in downtown Portland. Any student who is attending a college or university in Portland is eligible to live in College Housing Northwest properties. Lewis & Clark provides a free shuttle bus from campus to downtown Portland every day during the academic year (September-May).
Need a place to stay while looking for off-campus housing, interning, or other short-term needs?
Portland has a few hostels that accommodate short term stays in communal or private space:
Nwportlandhostel.com- Located in the historic NW Nob Hill District
Portlandhostel.org- Located in SE Portland on Hawthorne
- Travelershouse.org- Located in trendy North Portland
Other short-term options include: