Visiting Portland

The Venue

The conference will take place on the 3rd floor of Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State University in downtown Portland. Click here to see the location in Google Maps.

If you require accommodations, requests for reasonable accommodations may be made to Conference & Events Office, (503) 725-CONF, e-mail: or the Disability Resource Center, (503) 725-4150, e-mail: In order to ensure that reasonable accommodations can be provided in time for this event, please make your requests as soon as possible. You can also send event-related questions to

There will be ample bicycle parking all around the building. If you need to park a car, we recommend parking in Parking Structure 1 (more info here).

Where to Stay

There are myriads of options for lodging in Downtown Portland and adjacent neighborhoods on both sides of the river. For hotels that are closest to conference location, please review your options below. There is also an abundance of alternative options like rentals through Airbnb, Tiny House Hotel, and bed and breakfasts.

We recommend that you secure a room as soon as possible as rooms go fast during the summer time.

Budget option:

The Broadway Building
During the summer season, PSU opens up some of its dorms for conference housing. The rate is very affordable and probably the lowest that you will find in Downtown area. Please note that these rooms are more basic than average hotel rooms, but have some amenities and is only a few blocks from Smith Memorial Student Union. 

Rate: $58/night or $29/night if you split the cost with someone as it is a double room. If you already have a roommate that you'd like to share the room with, each person should indicate their roommate's name and select the '2-person studio' option on the Housing page. If you don't indicate a name, they will pair you up with someone who is unassigned. If you don't want a roommate, select '1-person studio'.
Reserve at: Please click here to go to the reservation portal

University Place Hotel 
This is a PSU-owned hotel that is conveniently located on campus. Inventory for around the conference dates are low but feel free to call and check in case there is cancellation. Rates are around $90-100/night + tax.

Other Hotels nearby:

Hotel Modera 
We have reserved a limited block of rooms at the Hotel Modera. Hotel Modera is the closest 4-star hotel to the venue located on Portland State campus. Rooms in the block costs $249/night excluding tax.

To reserve a room, please call the Hotel directly at 877.484.1084 and ask for the “TREC-PSU 2016 Group Rate” or reserve online at using the group code “TREC16". The block room rate is only available until July 1, 2016.

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower 503-226-1611
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront  503-226-7600

Getting Around


Portland State is a platinum-level bicycle university; one of only five in the United States. Portland's bike share program, BIKETOWN, is convenient for single-use bike rides. If you'd like to rent a personal bike for the duration of your stay, we recommend renting from the on-campus bike shop PSU Bike Hub. You can view their online rental options here. A second option, Cycle Portland, is a bike tour and rental company located in Old Town. They have offered a 15% discount for any conference participant. You can view their online rental options here.

You can also order a Portland bicycle/walking map in advance by visiting this webpage.


TriMet provides bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services in the Portland, Oregon, metro area and various lines stop at the Portland State University campus making transit travel very convenient. The easiest way to use TriMet is to use the transit mode on Google Maps directions. You can also visit the TriMet website.


Uber is offering a free ride up to $25 to first-time Uber users. You can redeem by using the code pdx25off in the Uber mobile app.