Welcome to oregon College of Art and
Craft and the Portland metropolitan area.
OCAC’s Student Services offers this The college has on-campus housing
guide as part of their housing referral available for up to eight (8) students.
service, providing Portland housing
information and roommate listing to For the art student, Portland offers a
degree students, workshop attend- supportive art community in which to
ees and visiting artists. The Student work and study. We hope that this guide
Resource Center collects data about will be useful in helping you locate
available housing, neighborhood safety, housing. The guide contains information
and landlord/tenant laws and responsi- about the following topics:
bilities and has a questionnaire to help
• Overview of the city and transportation
students find a compatible roommate.
• Resources for finding rentals
Living off-campus is an exciting pros- • Tips for students new to the
pect for many students. Learning to rental world
manage living on your own is a maturing • Short-term lodging
experience and helps to prepare stu-
dents for life after graduation.
If living on-campus is your preference,
you may be eligible to apply for resi-
dence in OCAC student housing.
2 on-Campus Housing
3 overview of the City
3 Campus Location
4 Portland Area neighborhoods
7 Housing Costs
7 Resources for Finding Rentals
8 tips for students new to the Rental World
12 short-term Lodging
Disclaimer: OCAC does not inspect, endorse, or in any way assume responsibility for listings referred to in this
housing guide. The Student Services office is not a referral agency, but an office of the College that disperses
HOUSING GUIDE Oregon College of Art and Craft 1
To fully experience campus life, nothing Housing assignments will be deter-
compares to living on campus. mined on a first come, first served
basis in order of these priorities:
eLIGIbILIty: • Physical disabilities
To be eligible for on-campus housing, a • Under 21
student must have been accepted by the • First college experience
Oregon College of Art and Craft into the • First time to OCAC
BFA or certificate programs and paid
• Returning student
the tuition deposit. On-capmpus housing
placements are for one acaddemic your • Mobility students from other AICAD
only (Sept.-May). To remain in student colleges
housing a student must be enrolled in Housing is currently available in two
a College certificate or degree program adjacent, co-ed residences on the
and registered for at least 12 credits Oregon College of Art and Craft cam-
per semester. pus. Both houses are nestled in the
corner of campus near the orchard and
provide convenient access to classrooms
and studios. Each residence includes
a full kitchen, dining room, living room,
shared or single bedrooms and bath-
rooms, laundry room, covered porch and
parking. The main area of these houses
is used for student housing and the
basement and garage are reserved for
Students living in the on-campus hous-
ing must abide by all Campus rules and
regulations as well as those outlined
in their Housing Contract. A Resident
Advisor (R.A.) lives with students in one
of the houses and provides information,
assistance, supervision and referrals
to student residents. Students who are
eligible and interested in on-campus
housing are encouraged to fill-out the
“On-Campus Housing Application” pro-
vided in their admissions acceptance
packet and return it as soon as possible,
as housing spaces are limited.
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oveRvIeW oF tHe CIty
Oregon College of Art and Craft is located on SW Barnes Road, an extension of
West Burnside, 5 miles west from downtown. See the following map for details.
MAkE SURE yOU GET A MAP IF yOU ARE NEW TO THE AREA.
DIReCtIons by CAR
From downtown Portland: drive west on Burnside Street.
From downtown by way of Highway 26 West: take the Cedar Hills/Barnes Road
From the south by way of Highway 217: take the Barnes Road East exit.
HOUSING GUIDE Oregon College of Art and Craft 3
PoRtLAnD AReA neIGHboRHooDs
PoRtLAnD AReA neIGHboRHooDs
Portland is divided East/West by the Willamette River and North/South by Burnside
Street. Going through the neighborhoods and looking for “for rent” signs in the win-
dows is the best way to get to know a neighborhood’s characteristics. Most locations
require a car, a bike, or public transportation to get to the College.
West sIDe southwest: 15 minutes from downtown;
northwest: Downtown; 4 miles from 5 miles from the College.
the College. transportation: On main bus line,
transportation: On main bus line. requires one transfer.
neighborhood Characteristics: neighborhood Characteristics:
This is a densely populated, lively inner This area covers many different types
city neighborhood. The area has many of neighborhoods: newer developments,
shops and good restaurants. Parts of the many rental homes, and lots of single
Northwest district are a 15-to 30-minute family houses. Due to the hilly terrain of
walk to downtown while simultane- the SW neighborhoods and the lack of
ously being close to Forest Park and commercial zoning it isn'ts as easy to
Washington Park Arboretum. It is an get around on foot as in the Northwest.
ideal area to live without a car since it Apartments are available in quiet areas
is difficult to find parking yet has excel- such as the Multnomah, Hillsdale, and
lent bus service. Many artists live in this Corbett/Lair Hill neighborhoods
area. This neighborhood has many large where you will find older houses and
houses which have been converted to divided houses. They also have
multi-family units, and there are many commercial centers.
apartment buildings. Rentals are hardly
ever advertised so we suggest that you the following apartment complexes
walk or drive through the neighborhood offer discounted rental rates to
looking for rental signs. oCAC students:
breckenridge is a newer apartment
community directly across Barnes Road
from OCAC. Many students have chosen
Breckenridge for its convenience and
modern amenities. Phone 866-267-
0015 or 503-297-5482.
Golf Creek Apartment Homes are
located behind Breckenridge. Golf Creek
is also convenient and provides great
amenities and services.
Phone 503-292-1411 or email
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PoRtLAnD AReA neIGHboRHooDs
northeast: 8 miles from OCAC (across
transportation: On main bus line, requires
at least one transfer.
This area covers a large residential por-
tion of the Portland area and has the
greatest contrast between living stan-
dards. you can find low rents and some
very nice large houses at reasonable
prices. For the most part it is a neighbor-
hood community-oriented area with active
crime prevention programs, an increas- north: 6 miles from OCAC.
ingly hip shopping/restaurant corridor transportation: On main bus line,
(NE Broadway), and cultural diversity. requires one transfer, and on the yellow
Line MAX train line.
southeast: 8 miles from OCAC (across neighborhood Characteristics:
Willamette River). you can find the lowest rent in Portland in
transportation: On main bus line, requires this area. There is a wide range of hous-
at least one transfer. ing types including single and multiple
family homes, apartments, industrial pock-
neighborhood Characteristics: ets; active crime-prevention program.
This area covers a much broader area
than the Southwest side. Centrally
located in the SE is the Hawthorne sUbURbs AnD sURRoUnDInG
district which has many antique shops, AReAs
book stores and coffee shops, more The suburbs are good areas for single
houses and duplexes/quadplexes than family housing but a car is essential.
apartments. Many artists and students
live in this area. It has good public trans- West of Portland:
portation, many community garden areas,
• Beaverton, 1 to 2 miles from OCAC
some light industry, community oriented
(public transportation to the College
neighborhood, and culturally diverse
demographics. It is also a very bike
friendly part of town. • Aloha, 8 miles from OCAC
• Hillsboro, 6 miles from OCAC.
south of Portland:
• Lake oswego, 10 miles from OCAC.
• Tigard, 6 miles from OCAC.
• Tualatin, 15 miles from OCAC.
HOUSING GUIDE Oregon College of Art and Craft 5
triMet Cab service
your student fees provide you with an all- Portland has many cab companies. Here
zone TriMet public transportation pass. are a few:
you can reach the campus by TriMet as • Broadway Cab: 503-227-1234
follows: • New Rose City Cab Co:
• Take MAX (light rail) to the Sunset 503-282-7707
Transit Center, and catch a #20 bus to • Sassy’s Cab Co: 503-656-7065
• Radio Cab: 503-227-1212
• Take the #20 bus from downtown
(Burnside Street) or Beaverton.
Get details from Tri-Met schedules, If you plan to bicycle around the city,
which are available at the OCAC front be aware that the College resides in
desk, in the Student Resource Center, a hilly terrain with no bike lane on the
Student Lounge, on buses, at Transit Burnside/Barnes route. However, the
Centers, and by phone or online through TriMet buses and MAX train accommo-
TriMet: 503-238-RIDE (7433) or www. date bicycles.
trimet.org/schedule. To get acquainted with downtown
Portland, you can pick up a good walk-
ing-tour map free at Powell’s Bookstore
(10th and W. Burnside).
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HoUsInG Costs AnD RentAL ResoURCes
HoUsInG Costs Property Managers
Housing costs differ by neighborhood. In Portland Rental service
general, a two-bedroom apartment plus (pet friendly rentals 503-292-4451)
utilities runs from $700 and up; a one-
bedroom apartment plus utilities is $525
and up; and a studio is $400 and up. benchmark Properties
(Southwest only) 503-244-5702
ResoURCes FoR FInDInG RentALs
(many in the Northwest area)
The best classified ad sources are two
local newspapers: 2078 NW Everett 503-228-0645
• The weekend editions of The Capital Property Management
Oregonian carry extensive apartment (some units allow cats, no dogs)
listings. you can get an early edition of
the Sunday paper on Saturday to get a 503-287-4346 www.capmng.com
jump on your housing search. Also avail- College Housing northwest
able online at www.oregonlive.com in
(geared towards College students)
the Real Estate section, Find your New
Home section, and For Rent section. 503-725-4340 www.chnw.org
• Willamette Week, Portland’s free KbC Management
alternative newspaper, is available (Rentals in NW Portland)
on Wednesdays. 503-227-0305 www.kbcmgmt.com
Roommate Matching service
There are many rental listings on the
If you would like to live with a fel-
web. Here are a few to get you started:
low student. request the “Roommate
Preferences Form” from the Director
of Student and Alumni Services. When
• www.portland.craigslist.org/apa/ you return the form, we will send you a
list of names of other students looking
Apartment Finders for roommates. The Director of Student
In the yellow Pages, look under Services maintains a list of current rent-
“Apartment Finding & Rentals” for busi- als and roommate ads for your conve-
nesses that list apartments for rent. nience and is available to assist you with
Some of these businesses charge a fee your housing search.
for their service.
The Student Resource Center
Centrum bulletin board has a useful list of discussion
OCAC receives information about hous- questions for use when interviewing
ing available and roommates needed. prospective roommates.
Notices for apartments in the area and
students seeking roommates appear on
the bulletin board in the OCAC Centrum
at the entrance to the Hand’s On Café.
HOUSING GUIDE Oregon College of Art and Craft 7
tIPs FoR stUDents neW to tHe RentAL WoRLD
• It is essential that you have a tele-
phone number for landlords to leave
you messages. If you do not have a cell
phone or have access to a phone at the
place you are staying, you can rent a
voice-mail box on a short-term basis.
This service is private and not tied to a
phone like an answering machine. The
yellow Pages list companies that pro-
vide this service under “Voice Mail.”
• Approach the search systematically.
Allow enough time to walk around
neighborhoods and as you go, take
down numbers of contacts for apart-
ments you want to look into renting.
Stop and call them all at one time to
set up appointments to see the places.
• Keep in mind that a furnished apart-
ment will be more expensive than one
Finding a place to live in a metropolitan you furnish yourself. Portland has a
area can seem overwhelming. If you number of thrift stores and second-
have never rented a place to live before, hand furniture stores with modestly
consider the following suggestions for priced items.
approaching your search.
• The first apartment you look at is not
necessarily the best or even a good
PRePARInG FoR tHe seARCH representation of what is available. The
• Define the ideal place to live. From this more you look, the better the chance
ideal, decide which items you can or you will be satisfied with what you
cannot do without. By identifying what eventually rent.
is most important to you and what is
• Realize that you are possibly chang-
not essential, you will be more pre-
ing your lifestyle in a significant way
pared to compromise and find a place
and give yourself the opportunity to try
that is suitable. For example, if size is
something different. Nevertheless, try
important to you, you may want to con-
to be careful not to put yourself in an
sider compromising on the location of
environment that will be too much of
a shock. If small town living appeals to
• Get organized! Make a search journal you, know that there are areas around
to carry with you. Remember to cross- Portland that are more rural in character
reference your potential locations with than others. If you like living in a large
your list of requirements. house, you may be comfortable shar-
ing a house with other students rather
than living on your own in a potentially
impersonal apartment building.
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tIPs FoR stUDents neW to tHe RentAL WoRLD
stARtInG tHe seARCH • Check the security of the apartment
start your search by identifying building or house. Can you open the
location: windows? Do the windows have locks?
Where are the fire escapes? In an
• Visit at least two or three neighbor-
apartment, what are the procedures for
hoods before deciding where you will
letting people into the building?
be most comfortable. Visit the area at
various times during the day and night. • Does the landlord or manager live in
the building or near by? It can be to
• Check on lighting and noise from
your advantage or disadvantage if the
landlord lives in the same building.
• Check the convenience of the location yOU decide.
to groceries and other shopping, trans-
• Are there noise rules for late at night?
portation, parking, and entertainment.
What can you do to decorate? Can you
• Test the form of transportation you will put nails in the wall?
be using to get to and from school and
• What is the garbage removal proce-
MAkE SURE you will be comfortable
dure? Are there laundry facilities? If
with the situation. If you plan to com-
not, where is the closest laundromat?
mute by bike, remember that Portland
Is parking provided?
does get quite a bit of rain!
Do not compromise your most
When you do find an appealing place,
important issues. yet if you are flex-
ask questions and inspect the premises.
ible, you can get what you want!
• Ask about the cleaning and security
deposits: how much do you pay up
front, and how much is non-refundable.
If there is a cleaning deposit, make
sure that you and the manager do a
documented inspection before you
move in. Open the cupboards to look
for cleanliness and pests.
• Does the rent cover all utilities, or will
you be responsible for heat, electricity,
water, trash removal, etc.? Is the heat
gas or electric?
• Is the apartment sprayed regularly
• Run the tap water, flush the toilet, and
look for leaks.
• Is the refrigerator clean, and is it cold?
Is the stove clean, and does it work?
HOUSING GUIDE Oregon College of Art and Craft 9
tIPs FoR stUDents neW to tHe RentAL WoRLD
RentInG WItH Pets UtILItIes
While many of us can't live without pets, Pacific Power
it's important to recognize that many 888-221-7070
people can. Finding an apartment if you Portland General electric
have one or more pets may be difficult, 503-228-6322
particularly in a tight market. northwest natural Gas
Humane Societies often keep lists of 503-226-4210
complexes that allow animals. Apartment Qwest (phone service)
listings in the newspaper or a listing ser- 1-800-244-1111
vice that don't specifically say No Pets Comcast (phone service)
may allow some, such as cats or birds. 1-800-824-8264
Just as you need to make a favorable
impression on a prospective landlord,
you need to try to have your pet do the
same. Bring letters of reference from
past landlords, as well as a veterinarian's
certificate of immunization and a letter
stating that the animal has a good dispo-
sition and is in good health. Have some
photographs with you.
If you have a dog, make sure that you
explain to your landlord that it will be
thoroughly exercised and properly cared
for; landlords know that a bored, under-
exercised dog can be a destructive dog.
Be prepared to pay a larger security
deposit if you want to rent with a pet.
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tIPs FoR stUDents neW to tHe RentAL WoRLD
RentInG WItH A LeAse • What utilities are you responsible for,
A lease is a written agreement between i.e. heating (these may be a part of your
a tenant and property owner describing responsibility over and above the
the rights and responsibilities of each. It rental fee).
is a binding legal document that, among
• If you make any special agreements
other things, makes the tenant respon-
with the landlord concerning repairs or
sible for minimal care of the rented
alterations, make sure those agreements
property and for the monthly rent during
are written into the lease, signed and
a specific period of time. It also specifies
dated. (It is important to have these
the landlord’s responsibilities for mainte-
types of agreements written down,
nance and repair of the housing unit. A
signed and dated).
lease may or may not contain provisions
concerning early termination. • Lastly, a lease may have
restrictions, i.e. no children or pets
Students who are unsure about how allowed – make sure you know what
long they plan to stay in an apart- these restrictions are.
ment should avoid signing a lease that
Please keep in mind that it is very impor-
binds them for too long. you should
tant to choose your roommates carefully.
look for a month-to- month rental if
If you have a roommate (or have more
possible. When you sign a lease, you
than one) and he/she (they) fail to pay
usually have to pay a "damage deposit"
their share of the rent, you will be held
or a "security deposit" that may amount
liable for the whole amount.
to as much as two months rent. If you
have any pets an additional deposit is
usually required. The landlord is sup-
posed to return the deposit to you after
you leave the apartment if you have paid
your rent and left the apartment clean
and undamaged, and have not been
evicted. If the landlord does not return
all of your deposit, then he or she should
give you a written statement explain-
ing why some or all of the deposit was
withheld. Some things to look for in a
• Duration – make sure you can keep
the apartment for as long as you
• Is the lease renewable? Is it a month to
month or for a full year?
• If you need to break the lease make
sure you note how far in advance you
need to give notice.
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sHoRt-teRM LoDGInG DoRMItoRIes AnD HosteLs
If you come for a visit or arrive early to Loveridge Hall
look for a place to live, you have many (dormitory accommodations)
options for lodging.
Good Samaritan Hospital
2215 NW Northrup / 503-413-7210
oCAC b&b Referral service
June 13 to August 14 only
Contact the OCAC Student Resource $25 per night/Single; $20 each/Double
Center for a list of short term accom-
modations. The places on the list include Discount for 5 days or more; one night
fellow students’ homes and B&Bs well deposit in advance
known to OCAC. 4 miles from school on TriMet busline
northwest bed & breakfast yWCA (women only)
Reservation service 111 SW 10th / 503-294-7400
610 SW Broadway / 503-243-7616 $35 Single
Reservation service for homestays $30 Single (semi-private bath)
and inns $25 shared
Daily, weekly or monthly rates $5 key deposit (refundable)
18 or over; photo ID required
HoteLs 5 miles from OCAC on TriMet busline
729 SW 15th Ave / 503-223-6311 Portland International AyH Hostel
Outside Portland: 800-228-8657 3031 Hawthorne Blvd. / 503-236-3380
Single rooms start at $70 (call before 10 am or after 5 pm)
4 miles from OCAC on TriMet busline Members: $15/summer rate;
Mark spencer Hotel Non-members: $25/summer rate;
409 SW 11th / 503-224-3293 $15/Oct.-May
Outside Portland: 800-548-3934 Dorm style with kitchen facilities
Studios start at $69 5 miles from OCAC on TriMet busline
kitchens in every room
Mention OCAC and request the college GooD LUCK!!
rate when reserving a room. Please don’t hesitate to call
4 miles from OCAC on the bus student services or Admissions
if you have any further questions
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Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road, Portland OR 97225
503. 297. 5544 800. 390. 0632
Artwork by Ana smith