Event Parking & Transit

How to reach Portland State event venues

Parking & Transit

Portland's mass transit systems offer a myriad of ways to reach campus.

Easily accessible from Interstate 405 and via public transportation, Portland State venues are convenient for Oregonians as well as visitors flying into PDX (America's best airport) or traveling by train to Portland Union Station. We highly recommend guests bike, walk or take public transit to Portland State event venues.

Public Transit

The Portland State campus in southwest Portland is pedestrian-friendly and well-connected to transit with three (3) light rail lines, two (2) streetcar lines, and 20-plus bus lines just steps from our venues.

Parking

There are on- and off-campus parking options near PSU. We do recommend event attendees utilize public transit when possible, as downtown parking can be limited.

Parking at Viking Pavilion

Biking

PSU offers bike and lock rentals (daily and weekly) as well as indoor and outdoor bike parking locations. PSU also hosts four designated BIKETOWN share stations.

Recommended Parking for Viking Pavilion

Parking Structure 3 (PS3 on campus maps)
1631 SW 12th Avenue
Portland OR 97207

Parking Structure 3 (PS3) offers 1,100 parking spaces to Viking Pavilion guests. There is a 6' 6" clearance at PS3. Additional parking lots/garages can be found throughout the PSU campus using PSU's interactive map. PSU cannot guarantee parking availability. Availability is first-come, first-served.

For parking rates, visit PSU's Transportation & Parking Services. Payment is required at all times. Note your license plate and pay at a pay station.

Directions to PS3 via I-5:
From I-5 South — Exit left to merge onto I-405 (toward US-26 Beaverton) to Exit 1D. See below.
From I-5 North — Follow I-5 through downtown, then merge onto I-405 and exit left at 299B toward US-26 West City Center. Take Exit 1D.

From Exit 1D:
Take Exit 1D to SW 12th Ave (keep RIGHT to enter SW 12th Ave) 
Continue one block on SW 12th Ave
Entrance to PS3 is from the left lane.

Campus Drop-Off/Pick-Up Zone

For taxis, ride shares and those with mobility impairment, the zone is located at SW College Street and SW Park Avenue, adjacent to the Viking Pavilion southeast entrance at 930 SW Hall St. Portland OR,

From I-5 South to Exit 1C — Take Exit 302B and merge onto I-405 toward US-30 W toward Beaverton. Take Exit 1C and follow directions below.


From I-5 North to Exit 1C — Take Exit 292A and merge onto OR-217 toward Tigard Beaverton; Merge onto US-26 E toward Cedar Hills Portland. Keep right to merge onto I-405 S toward Salem. Take Exit 1C and follow directions below.

Take Exit 1C:
Onto US-26 E toward 6th Ave Ross Island Bridge
Continue onto SW Broadway 
Turn left onto SW 6th Ave 
Turn left onto SW Jackson St 
Turn right onto SW Park Ave 
Turn left onto SW College St

Loading Zones


Viking Pavilion Loading Zone  

The loading zone for Viking Pavilion is located at the northeast end of Viking Pavilion at SW Hall Street, between SW 10th Avenue and SW Park Avenue. Only one vehicle can be parked in the loading zone at any given time. Please contact the Portland State Campus Events & Student Union office at conferences@pdx.edu or 503-725-2663 to reserve the loading zone. 

Directions:

  • Driving south on SW Park Avenue, turn right on SW Montgomery Street. 
  • Take the next left on SW 10th Avenue and drive for two blocks. Once you pass the Community Recreation Field (on your right) and the Millar Library (on your left), turn left on SW Hall Street. 
  • The loading zone is located on the northeast end of Viking Pavilion. 
  • Vehicles are not permitted on the loading ramp. Materials must be dropped off on SW Hall Avenue in front of the northeast end of Viking Pavilion, and taken down the ramp by hand or with a cart.
  • After loading/unloading, back out on SW 10th Avenue the same way that you came by driving west on SW Hall Street and turning onto SW 10th Avenue going north. 
  • Parking is prohibited on SW Hall Street and on SW 10th Avenue (see parking options below).  
  • Vehicular use and commercial loading are prohibited on the South Park Blocks

Loading Zone — Smith Memorial Student Union
Located on SW Harrison Street between Smith Memorial Student Union and Fariborz Maseeh Hall, entrance is only from the Broadway end. Please contact the Portland State Campus Events & Student Union office at conferences@pdx.edu or 503-725-2663 to obtain a required 30-minute loading zone permit. 

Oversized Vehicle/Overflow Loading Zone Parking
Oversized vehicle parking is available on SW 11th Avenue, between SW Market Street and SW Mill Street. Additional oversized vehicle parking, located on SW 10th Avenue between SW Montgomery Street and SW Harrison Street, may be reserved in advance through PSU's Transportation & Parking Services