After a long day of classes, study sessions and, yes, some occasional celebration, students need a place to retire for the night. For those who want to live just a stumble away from their morning midterm, here are a few of the choices available.
The oldest of the dorms, Montgomery Court is located just off the Park Blocks, near
Millar Library. The four-story dorm has the usual amenities (laundry, common spaces) and is single-occupancy with community bathrooms separated by gender.
The Parkway is a five-story 1930s-era dorm situated across from Lincoln Hall. Near the streetcar line and offering four different room options (sleeper, studio, one bedroom and two bedroom), the Parkway is great for students who value convenience and need quick access to public transit.
Unlike its older counterparts, Ondine is a bit closer to apartment living. The building is 15 stories high and offers a lounge, meeting spaces, laundry rooms, kitchens and even parking. This modern dorm has a variety of room options, from single occupancy to suites. Ondine is located two blocks from the Academic and Student Rec Center and is near a few top-notch restaurants.
St. Helens Court
Built in 1928, St. Helens is three blocks west of the Park Blocks. St. Helens offers a small selection of one-bedroom dorms, 36 studios and one sleeper. All units have hardwood floors and kitchens, and nearby parking is available for an additional fee.
The Stratford is located at Southwest 10th Avenue and Market Street, close to the streetcar and just a few blocks from a grocery store. The three-story building has unfurnished one-bedroom apartments and studios with private kitchens.
Blackstone is positioned across the street from the PSU library, just a park block from Smith Memorial Student Union. Blackstone is located in the heart of campus (great for farmers market enthusiasts) and has several room options, all with kitchens and hardwood floors.
This nine-story dorm is located on the same block as St. Helens, but is nearly 60 years newer. Blumel has 173 unfurnished one-bedroom units that are relatively roomy, with large windows and private kitchens.
A coffee shop resides on the ground floor of the 63-unit King Albert. Each unit comes equipped with a kitchen and bathtub, and is unfurnished with hardwood floors.
Stephen Epler is one of the most modern dorms PSU has to offer. The 128 open-floor units boast private kitchenettes, bathrooms, large windows and bicycle storage. The building was constructed with sustainability in mind; the Global Village Program is on the top floor.
Broadway is similar to Ondine in terms of its modern appeal. Broadway has an on-site computer lab, lounges, classrooms for studying and one of the largest eco-roofs in Portland. The building’s 353 studio units all come with a kitchenette and bathroom.
The Vue Apartments
The Vue—a high-rise located right on the Park Blocks with a coffee shop, sandwich shop and bar located on its ground floor—is a popular option among PSU students. The Vue offers several unit layouts, from studio to penthouse, and has a great view of downtown Portland and its surroundings.
Technically operating under the rules of PSU dorms but run by an outside partner, University Pointe is a recently constructed building with a focus on sustainability (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold status). It’s located on the MAX line a couple of blocks from campus and has a private fitness center, a computer lab and entertainment lounges. Coffee, frozen yogurt and burger businesses occupy the ground floor.