Ondine Residence Hall

Ondine Residence Hall
Building Code 
1912 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201-5264
Year Built 

The Ondine is a fourteen-story high-rise whose main entrance is on SW 6th Avenue and is located between SW 6th, Hall, 5th, and College. The Ondine is directly south of University Center Building and north of University Pointe. Primarily a residence hall, Ondine has two basement levels and also includes a student lounge, conference and meeting space, university offices on the first and second floors, a dining facility on the first floor, a two-level parking facility, and shares its basement with 5th Avenue Cinema. There are 101 permit-parking places in the Ondine, 91 of which are reserved exclusively for student residents.


Designed by the architect Charles Henry Colburn, the Ondine was built by the Dan Davis Corporation for $2,540,000 in order to capitalize on the shortage of student housing at Portland State. Originally called the Viking Residence Hall, the dorm-like structure opened in September 1966 as co-educational housing. The building became a women-only residence in June 1971 and was re-named the Ondine shortly after. 

The first floor now houses Victor's dining hall, but previously this space and some additional second floor space was originally occupied by a Bryman School. Bryman Schools were a for-profit career college system that ceased operation in 2014. The Bryman in the Ondine operated from 1970 until the 1990s and included training in secretarial, medical technician and dental technician sciences. Though the building was not then exclusive to PSU, of the original 700 occupants 586 were Portland State students. When Portland Student Services, Inc. brought affordable on-campus housing to PSU in 1969 the Ondine began to steadily lose residents in-part due to its higher rental costs ($140/month including meals in 1973). When PSU acquired the building for $2.8 million on January 30, 1976 residential occupancy was barely 63% of the building's capacity. 


In 2017 the residency portion of the Ondine comprised 190 furnished suite-style units with shared kitchen and bath on Floors 7-15, and 96 furnished double-occupancy studio rooms with a private bath but no kitchen on Floors 3-6. The studios are part of the First Year Experience program. Upperclassmen and transfer students are eligible for the suite-units. Laundry facilities are located on the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, and 14th floors (Ondine skips floor number 13).


Additional Resources

All-gender restrooms: Two single-occupancy restroom located in the Basement - Rooms 25 & 26.


Historical Photos
Ondine Residence Hall from the University Digital Gallery


Square Footage
Total Gross Square Footage: 225,744

Net Assignable Square Footage: 142,639

Annex Gross Square Footage: 10,984
Annex Net Assignable Square Footage: 6,940

Residence Gross Square Footage: 158,308
Residence Net Assignable Square Footage: 100,029

Parking Gross Square Footage: 56,452
Parking Net Assignable Square Footage: 35,670

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