Planning Your Campus Visit - Travel

Getting to Campus from...

The Airport

Portland is home to a robust public transportation system, making it easy to get from the Portland Airport (PDX) to campus. The MAX, Portland's light rail network, has a station located at the airport.

  • Take either the Red or Blue lines to the Mall/SW 5th Ave station then transfer to the Green or Yellow lines and depart at the PSU Urban Center/SW 5th and Mill station.
    • Tickets can be purchased at any MAX platform or from the TriMet tickets smartphone app: $2.50 for 2 ½ hours or $5 all day


There are multiple TriMet bus lines that will bring you to campus, but the most foolproof way to get here is to take either the Portland Streetcar or MAX Light Rail, both of which put you right on campus.

  • The B Loop and NS Line will both get you to campus, with the best place to depart being the SW Park & Market station.
  • The Green and Yellow MAX lines run along 5th Avenue and the best spot to get off is the PSU Urban Center/SW 5th and Mill station.

The Highway (Driving)

If driving, take exit 1-C (6th Ave) on Interstate-405, just south of PSU. This puts you directly on campus.

  • Parking is limited on campus and we encourage people to allow enough time before appointments on campus to find parking. If you are signed up on a campus tour, please check your email for parking location and instructions. 

Hotel Accommodations Near Campus

There are multiple hotel options close to campus, many of which provide discounted rates to visiting students and their families. Sometimes in order to receive these discounted rates the reservation must be made online or via telephone. Contact each hotel directly to receive these discounts.

Hampton Inn & Suites Portland/Pearl District - 15% Discount
15 minute MAX ride from the University Welcome Center
354 NW 9th Ave. Portland, OR 97209
(503) 222-5200

Mark Spencer Hotel - 15% Discount
19 minute streetcar ride from the University Welcome Center
409 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 224-3293

Modera - 15% Discount 
4 minute walk from the University Welcome Center
515 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201
(877) 484-1084

Residence Inn by Marriott Portland/Downtown Riverplace - 10% Discount 
11 minute streetcar ride from the University Welcome Center 
MAX Line stop right outside Hotel, drops off on campus
2115 SW River Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 552-9500, or use code 3P8 on the website

University Place - 20-35% Discount 
Portland State's owned and operated hotel
9 minute walk from University Welcome Center 
310 SW Lincoln St, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 221-0140

Seeing the Sights/Getting Around

Portland State's campus is located in Downtown Portland, which means that many restaurants, shops, activities and historic neighborhoods are within walking distance. Though if you want to explore more of the city, or if it's raining (and let's be real, it probably is), you may want to consider public transportation.

Both the TriMet bus, MAX, and Portland Streetcar have multiple stations on campus and we always encourage using public transportation rather than renting a car. Check the TriMet Trip Planner to see how to best get around the City of Roses.

If you or anyone accompanying you to campus require mobility assistance, please contact

Take a look at a campus map.