Looking for a place to rent? Got a good place, and looking to share? Check out our rental listings (submitted by the public) or post your own.
Are you looking for a roommate or want to be someone’s roommate?
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Portland is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Named often in national rankings as one of the most livable cities in the U.S., it is a wonderful place to go to law school. We are the only law school in the Portland metropolitan area so our students have a myriad of opportunities for clerking experience while in school. When not studying, students can enjoy the city itself or, in a little over an hour, get away to the coast or skiing on Mt. Hood.
Most students come in late July or early August. If you don’t have a place before arrival, we recommend coming at least two weeks before Orientation (August 10, 2018). By arriving two weeks early, you should have time to find housing, get utilities set up, and explore the area.
Most students live within a three-mile radius of the law school. The campus is located in a suburban setting in southwest Portland. There are apartments and houses to rent in the area as well as some campus-owned housing specifically for law students. The school operates free shuttles to take students downtown to connect to the public transportation hub. Additional information regarding shuttles is included in the transportation section of this website.
Check out our 2017-2018 housing guide, and to learn where the majority of our students lived last year:
Housing Listings - housing ads are often provided to the law school by the general public. This site is one of the best places to find housing in Portland. NOTE: Most rentals available in August will be posted starting in May.
Roommate Finder - looking for a roommate? Post your preferences or view existing listings of others looking for roommates on Roommate Finder.
NOTE: Most students will not begin posting roommate postings until May or later. If you find someone compatible with you, get in touch and go from there! Another way to meet future roommates is by looking on our housing listings for “shared housing,” by attending Orientation functions during the summer, or through the Class of 2020 Facebook group.
Campus-owned houses - rooms are available specifically to law students. Houses are within easy walking distance to the law school and are rented by the room. For questions about campus-owned houses contact Billy Walker at 503-768-7801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-campus Housing - Nine single rooms in Edna Holmes residence hall are available to law students on a space available basis. Holmes Hall is located on the undergraduate campus and within easy walking distance to the law school. Questions should be directed to Campus Living at 503-768-7123 or email@example.com.
Portland is divided into quadrants: Northwest (NW), Southwest (SW), Northeast (NE), and Southeast (SE). Each quadrant has its own distinct flavor. The Willamette River divides the east and west sides. A street called “Burnside” divides north and south. So, if you are in the Northwest quadrant of town you are north of Burnside Street and west of the Willamette River. The Willamette, by the way, flows north to the Columbia River which divides Washington and Oregon. The Columbia is the river Lewis and Clark floated down to the Pacific. Most LC students live near school (SW Portland), with Lake Oswego, NW Portland, and SE Portland (Sellwood and Hawthorne) as the most popular alternatives.
Below you’ll find descriptions of various Portland neighborhoods (with comments from students who live there) to help you select where you might want to live. Check the Portland Neighborhoods Guide for even more information about neighborhoods & renting in Portland.
- Collins View: A quiet, suburban area around school. Few apartments with mostly residential housing. A few houses are available to rent, but they go pretty quick.
- South Burlingame: The area adjacent to school to the north. Again quiet and residential. Mostly single family homes. Several professors live in this area.
- Multnomah Village: Quaint, eclectic little nook. Several antique shops and boutiques with a few bookstores, bars, and coffee shops scattered on the small main street. A six-minute drive to school or a good bike ride.
- Downtown: Pioneer Place is the centerpiece with courthouses, office buildings, movie houses and theatres, and lots of restaurants and food carts.
- Chinatown: Located at West Burnside and Fourth Ave. Grittier part of town.
- Nob Hill: Around NW 23rd, an old residential and trendy area with many high-end restaurants and shops. There are nice studios and one-bedroom apartments here, but rent is a little high.
- Pearl District: Formerly an industrial area, the Pearl District is quickly developing with new apartment buildings, art galleries, and boutiques. This is a swanky part of town, and rent here may be the highest in the city.
- Alberta: A hip neighborhood that serves as a center of creativity in Portland with many galleries, studios, shops, cafes, taquerias and restaurants.
- Mississippi Ave: Another hip neighborhood with a lot of great restaurants, bars, and music venues. Get to downtown on the new Yellow Max line and take the shuttle to school.
- Hollywood District: NE Portland around the busy part of NE Sandy Blvd by 42nd Ave. Cool old theater here.
- Kerns: Popular and fun neighborhood that’s a mix of both commercial and residential properties. There are great places to eat along NE 28th and Burnside.
- Hawthorne and Belmont: Hawthorne Blvd and Belmont Ave very popular neighborhoods for young people. They both have a very eclectic feel with an abundance of locally owned coffee shops, restaurants, and shops.
- Division/Clinton: One of the fastest growing areas in the city. This is a very hip neighborhood, and housing is expensive. Great restaurants and bars, all within walking distance.
- Foster/Powell: This is an up and coming neighborhood in SE. A lot of new restaurants and bars are moving in, and affordable rent can still be found.
- Westmoreland: Next to Reed College. This is a very young area. Great parks, nice bars and restaurants.
- Sellwood: Great area. Close to softball fields. Has it’s own small town feel. A little more upbeat than the west side of the river. Closer to some action, but the Sellwood Bridge can be a pain. Great antiques shops here.
- Mount Tabor: Portland is the only city with an extinct volcano within the city limits. Very nice residential neighborhood. Nice walks and bike paths are found in the park. One of the longer commutes to school.
- Downtown Lake Oswego: Just south of Tryon Creek State Park. There is a biking/walking path through the State Park that leads directly to the law school. There are numerous restaurants, trendy stores, and a grocery store within walking distance.
- Mountain Park: The neighborhood off Boones Ferry Road just south of the Law School. Forested and mostly residential, with numerous apartment complexes and condominiums. A 5-minute drive to the law school. Students who live in this area also walk, bike, or take the #38 Tri-Met bus to school.
- Beaverton: Suburb to the west of Portland. Lots of condos and luxury apartments. Where Intel and Nike are located. Hefty commute to the school with occasionally nasty traffic snarls on the main routes, such as Highway 217 in the evening.
- Tigard: A small city next to Portland. Traffic can be bad some mornings, turning a short commute into a drag.
- Tualatin: About 5 miles south on I-5. Good bus access to downtown and a bus (#38) that comes to campus as well. Well situated for daily shopping (Safeway, Fred Meyer, K-Mart, Haggen Supermarket) and reasonably priced.
- www.padmapper.com - PadMapper is like Google with map interactivity for finding apartment and home rentals. This site can give you a median rent comparison for your search returns, and you can set up email notifications for new postings. Monitoring those notifications and updates can be helpful in spotting rent trends for specific neighborhoods. You can also type in the school’s address and it will show you the Craigslist postings in relation to where the law school is located.
- www.oregonlive.com - rental search and information about Portland neighborhoods (under “Rentals”).
- www.movingtoportland.net - developed by a local realtor, this site provides excellent descriptions of the Portland neighborhoods.
- portland.craigslist.org - Comprehensive listings for various things in the Portland community, including housing. For housing found on craigslist, be prepared for competition.
- www.wweek.com - Weekly local online publication with rental classifieds.
- www.move.com - pictures and information primarily regarding buying or renting houses.
- www.myapartmentmap.com - find housing near a zip code (ours is 97219). The site lists grocery stores, laundromats, and other amenities nearby.
- www.forrent.com - pictures and a program that allows you to search by zip code, city, and by distance from a specific address.
- www.apartmentratings.com - Provides listings and rankings/comments from current or past residents about various apartment complexes.
- www.placeofmine.com - <<Authentication required.>> A service that integrates apartments for rent from thousands of online sources. You can search by different conditions (rent, number of bedrooms, city etc.) The results include links back to the original websites for more information.
- www.apartmentguide.com - National apartment search which primarily gives info on larger apartment complexes.
- For pet-friendly housing, you may also want to check out the Oregon Humane Society which has a list of pet-friendly housing rentals in the area.
- We are not able to specifically recommend or endorse any of these services as we have not had sufficient experience with them. We would appreciate feedback if you use any of the services, particularly if you have difficulties. It is best to contact such a service after you arrive or just before. The service will mail or fax you names of landlords, addresses, and descriptions of the housing units, and the prices. These services handle large commercially owned and operated complexes and some private rentals.
Studios - $700 and up
1 bedroom - $1,000 and up
2 bedrooms - $1,200 and up
1 bedroom - $1,200 and up
2 bedrooms - $1,500 and up
3 bedrooms - $2,000 and up
- Room in a House or Apartment: $600 and up
Renters should be informed of their rights under Tenant Law before signing a lease or entering a new rental situation.
If you are considering buying a house in Portland, there are a couple of very helpful websites that can help you locate listed houses and get specific information about them.
www.rmls.com - allows you to search in various cities, counties, and zip codes in Oregon for houses that are for sale. You can also search by price, square feet, number of bedrooms, etc. Most listings have short descriptions and pictures of the homes.
www.redfin.com - allows you to search the types of homes (townhomes, condos, land, etc.) and the site also allows you to search for agents.
www.portlandmaps.com - if you know the address of the house for sale, you can enter it here and the site will give you details on the market value of the house, sales taxes, schools and parks in the area, crime statistics and more.