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Visiting Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest. It is one of the "greenest" cities in the United States and has a population of about 2 million in the metropolitan area.

How to get here

Portland International Airport - Flying into the Portland International Airport is an easy and hassle-free experience.  PSU does not offer transportation to and from the airport, but there is great public transportation between the airport and downtown Portland. Portland International Airport is located approximately 20 minutes from campus by car, and 50 minutes by public transit.

Where to stay

Hotels - Visiting from out of town? PSU has a full-service hotel at University Place, an educational conference center with 235 comfortable guest rooms.

There are many hotels in and around downtown for every budget. Please visit our hotel booking engine.

Things to do

Explore PSU - Your student is sure to want to share with you their favorite spots on campus, from residence halls to classrooms. In addition, we recommend checking out the PSU Bookstore, our brand new Rec Center, and the beautiful Simon Benson House. Print a Campus Map to bring with you when you visit.

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Restaurants - Portland is a gastronome's dream. No matter your taste, there are many great places to eat near campus from carts to formal dining rooms. Urbanspoon offers a comprehensive listing of Portland's eateries, while Eater PDX is one of many blogs dedicated to the city's culinary scene.

Attractions - There is so much to see, eat, do, learn and explore in Portland. We encourage you to discover everything the city has to offer, including Pioneer Courthouse Square, the International Rose Test Garden, Powell's Books, and the city's brewery scene. Travel just a little further to take in the beauty of Mount Hood, the Oregon Coast, or the many wineries in the Willamette Valley. Visit Travel Portland to plan your trip.

We would love to hear from you about your experience in Portland. Please email us at parents@pdx.edu with any recommendations or suggestions.