Off Campus Housing

This chart details the monthly cost of living in a single studio on campus vs. off-campus in the downtown Portland area. While many students believe it is less expensive to live off-campus, they often take for granted the cost of commuting, utilities, furniture, and year-long leasing.

  University Housing Off-Campus Housing


(average for single studio)

$1143 (furnished) $1206**
Furniture Included $75*


(electric, water, gas, garbage, high-speed internet)

Included $155**
Transportation Not required

Student Tri-Met pass: $50

Student parking: $130 + gas & insurance

Travel Time to Class 5-10 minute walk Depends on location
Contract Length Academic year with summer option Typically one-year lease
Organized Events, Academic Resources, Student-focused Community Priceless Not available
Total $1143 $1361 + furniture & transportation

*student-reported data

**2019 housing market study


PSU Student Legal Services

If you decide to live off campus, you should know your rights as a renter. PSU Student Legal Services provides confidential and free legal service for PSU students. If you have any questions about landlord-tenant law or you want them to review your lease, please visit their website to schedule an appointment.

College Housing Northwest

College Housing Northwest provides student housing in seven apartment buildings, all within a short walk of campus. For more information, contact (503) 222-7105 or visit College Housing Northwest.

Online Resources

Websites you may find helpful for off-campus housing information:


This document is meant to provide assistance in locating off-campus housing. Inclusion of any property or rental unit on this website does not constitute, and shall not be construed or reported as an endorsement or approval by the University Housing and Residence Life Office or Portland State University of the landlord, its properties, or its business practices. The Housing and Residence Life Office and Portland State University expressly disclaim any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise with regard to such property or rental units or with regard to disputes between landlords and tenants concerning such property or rental units. All prospective tenants are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating a prospective rental unit or landlord.