Summer English Through Sustainability and Service Learning Program FAQ's

Q: What is the PSU dormitory address?

Address at PSU for transportation purposes:

625 SW Jackson Street, Broadway Building, Suite 210
Portland, OR, USA 97201

Q: How do I get from the airport to my dorm? 

If you are coming as a group from one of our partner universities, please refer to the information regarding airport transportation which your university has given you. Otherwise, please see below.

For transportation from the airport to the dorm, please refer to this document:
From the PDX Airport to Downtown Portland

Blue Star Shuttle
We recommend taking a Blue Star Shuttle, which will drop you off right outside the dormitory building. The cost is $14 one way. No need to book in advance:  

  • The shuttle is located outside of baggage claim, on island 2 (there are 2 lanes of traffic, go to the second lane).
  • All you need to do is pay the driver and give them the address of where you want to be taken (see PSU dormitory address above).

MAX Train
You can also take the Red Line MAX train ($2.50 one way). There is one transfer involved, from the Red Line to the Green or Yellow. The linked document above describes how and where to make the transfer. 

Q: Where do I go to check into my dorm?

Dormitory Check-in Information

Entrance to use: 1977 SW 6th Avenue, Broadway Building, Portland, OR 97201 (to the right of Starbucks)

Check-in desk: Suite 210 (2nd floor, turn right after the ATM machine)

Check-in time: 15:00; if arriving earlier please let the IELP office know: ielpadm@pdx.edu | 503-725-4088

Check-out time: 10:00

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM (housing staff are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week – if you arrive outside of their office hours, follow the directions below!)

Phone number (7:00 AM – 12:00 AM): (503) 725-4336

Phone number (after 12:00 AM): 971-246-1598
Please check the signs on the doors if you arrive after midnight, or are locked out or have other emergencies.

When you arrive to PSU you will need to check-in to your room at the Housing Office in the Broadway Building (Suite 210). Use the entrance at 1977 SW 6th Ave to go to Suite 210. The office hours are Monday-Friday: 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM, however, housing staff can always be reached 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  If you are arriving on the weekend or after hours, the building doors will be locked but there is a sign that tells you what to do and the numbers to call (which are listed above). Once you call, the housing staff will meet you and take you to Suite 210 to check in.

 

Where will I be staying?

Take a virtual tour of our dorms. Our students typically stay in the Broadway dorm building. 

What is provided in my dormitory?

Dorm rooms include:

  • private bathroom (toilet, shower, sink)
  • a bed and pillow
  • bed linens, blankets, and towels
  • toilet paper
  • small kitchen with a stove and mini refrigerator 
  • floor fan
  • room lamps
  • Free PSU wifi

What is NOT provided in my dormitory?

Dorm rooms do NOT include:

  • Kitchenware (plates, cups, utensils, pots, pans, etc)
  • toiletries (outside of toilet paper)
  • a microwave
  • coffee pot or water heater

Q: Dormitory rules and guidlines:

  • no alcohol. The legal drinking age is 21 in the U.S. 
  • no smoking or vaping (e-cigs). The legal age to smoke in Oregon is also 21
  • quiet hours are 22:00-8:00
  • no hot pads or toasters
  • no overnight guests. This refers to friends that students might have in Portland who aren't part of the program

Q: Where can I get kitchenware?
Students can check out kitchenware from the IELP on orientation day. Supplies are limited and are available on a first come first served basis. We recommend that students share among themselves, but we will try to make sure that items are shared evenly and as fairly as possible. All checked-out items needs to be cleaned and returned the last day of the program (Friday). Any broken or lost items will incur a fee, payable by the student. More information will be available during orientation. What we have to offer:

  • Plates
  • Coffee cups
  • Silverware/cooking utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • 2 electric kettles
  • 1 coffee pot

Q: Housekeeping (what is provided/what is the student's responsibility)

Provided:

  • Toilet paper can be requested at the housing front desk
  • Fresh bed linens and towels can be requested Mondays and Thursdays, from the housing front desk

Student's responsibility

  • Students should keep their room and bathroom clean on their own
  • All garbage and recycling need to be taken out by the student (garbage chutes located on each floor)
  • There is a laundry room available, and laundry cards can be purchased in the Odine building

Housing provides a more comprehensive list of rules which you are encouraged to read through: Summer Housing Handbook

Q: When can I move into my dorm?
Move-in to the dorm begins the Saturday before your program begins. We recommend that you arrive no later than the Sunday before the start of the program. Check-in time is 15:00, daily. If you arrive before that time, please let the IELP office know: ielpadm@pdx.edu | 503-725-4088

Q: Is there free WIFI?
Yes! Students will receive access to the free and secure PSU campus wifi on orientation day. 

Q: Where will I eat/where can I purchase groceries?
If you live on campus, you can cook for yourself in your dorm (you can checkout cookware from the IELP, limited supplies available). There is a nearby grocery store called Green Zebra that our program assistants introduce you to. There are also various restaurants/ convenience stores, cafes, and Portland’s famous food charts that you can choose to eat at! All of these located within walking distance of your dorm. In addition, you can also choose to purchase a meal plan through the dormitory and eat meals at the PSU cafeteria.

Q: What should I bring with me to Portland?
Summer time in Portland is generally mild, but can get hot. We recommend light clothing and comfortable shoes.

However, Portland has tax free shopping therefore anything you forget to bring with you, you’ll be able to purchase at a good price!

Things to prepare (or purchase in Portland)

  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste)
  • Laundry soap
  • Hair dryer

Q: Is there a gym or training center I can use?
Yes! All of our students have access to the PSU Campus Recreation Center. Here, students can work out, run the in-door track, swim, play sports (equipment available for check-out), or take FREE workout classes such as yoga, zumba, cycling, and much more!

Q: Do I need to purchase a bus pass?
Yes! Portland uses a re-loadable transit pass called Hop Cards. We will help students purchase these cards during orientation day. The pass costs $3 and we request students prepare a minimum of between $20-$40 to load onto their card once it's been purchased (exact minimum amount depends on program). There are many field trips which will require using public transportation so it's important to have a Hop Card loaded and ready to use during the program. 

Q: What classes will I take?
The two classes in the program are: Sustainability and American Culture Through Service Learning.

Q: How many days a week will I be in class?
Classes are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  On Fridays, you will have the chance to participate in planned activities and IELP trips!

Q: Do I need to buy books?
No! All course materials will be provided. Simply prepare a note book and pen/pencil for each class and/or a laptop or tablet. 

Q: Are there computers I can use?
Yes. There is a computer lab in the IELP department but there are also many computer labs around the PSU campus which are open for students to use. We will introduce students to these locations during orientation. 

Q: How many hours a week will I be in class?
You’ll be in class for 16-17hr total instruction hours each week and service learning hours 4hr-3hr, totalling 20 hours per week.  Each of the four classes is 2.5 hours long and classes meet twice a week.  Classes begin at 9 am and end at 3:30!

Q: Do I earn grades?
Upon completion of the program, you will receive a certificate confirming your participation.  The certificate will include the following information: Summer Communication and Culture Program; the program dates, hours completed, and your name.

Q: Will I have time for sightseeing and travel?
Yes!  The program includes activities that involve sightseeing around Portland and the surrounding areas such as: the beach, Seattle, Multnomah Falls, Woodburn Outlet Mall, and more! You will also have free time on Sundays to explore on your own!

If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding the SETSSL program, please contact us at ielpadm@pdx.edu