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Two of Portland's characteristics that most endear it to university students are the fact that it is home to a huge number of quality microbreweries and micro-distilleries, and the fact that the jittery, red-eyed city as a whole can't get enough coffee!
Summers in Portland are warm and dry, while winters are mild and quite rainy. Average temperatures during the day range from 45F in winter, to 79 in summer.
Drive to School, Walk to Lunch
Oregon as a whole is a fairly walkable state - unfortunately the area around the University of Portland is not the same. There are some amenities within walking distance, such as grocery stores, coffee shops (of course!), pizza and bars all within half a mile. However, variety is limited. You'll will need a car to get to school from most Portland residential neighborhoods, also.
Portland Neighborhoods from Riverbank to Residential
You'll be looking at Portsmouth, Cathedral Park and Arbor Lodge as housing neighborhoods you want to minimize your travel time for school. Cathedral Park neighborhood is well known as one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Portland, and Portsmouth and Arbor Lodge are roughly equivalent in terms of population density, and cost of living ... although without the churches!
Portland - Lots of Apartment Living at Great Prices
Apartments in Portland are priced equivalently to housing and apartment rentals in most other similar sized cities. Starting prices are around $450 per month - and this will often get you a one-bedroom place. Studio apartments are somewhat rare in Portland.
There is an excellent selection of student accommodation in the city generally, but most of the diversity in housing starts around 7 miles away from school.
The Land of Beer and Coffee
There is plenty to do in Portland - and you can choose among more eclectic activities such a the Elephant Garlic Festival (up to the 12th Annual event in 2009!), the Multnomah Arts and Crafts Sale, as well as major concerts and nation-wide touring events.
Cafes and pubs are what Portland does well, with its beer and coffee focus. Check out Leisure Public House, Little Red Bike Café and John Street Café for both a delicious drink and tasty sustenance.
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What neighborhoods in Portland are good for eating out?
NW 23rd St. in Portland is home to some of the city's finest and trendiest restaurants. Local-favorite Coffee Time, located in the area, is a popular retreat for Portland residents to unwind and enjoy a first-rate cup o' jo. North Mississippi is another favorite neighborhood for the Portland food aficionado. Mississippi Pizza Pub, located here, is well known for its scrumptious food and hip, live music. But perhaps the newest and most notable food craze in Portland is the yummy "street-food", with vendors popping up in abundance throughout the city. Swing by Cora y Huichol Taqueria, on the corner of SE Holgate St. and 82nd Ave and pick up a mouth-watering Tostada de Camaron for a tasty and authentic Mexican treat!
What are the most fun neighborhoods in Portland?
The Pearl District is Portland's trendiest and most talked about neighborhood of the last decade. Once an old warehouse district, the Pearl has been completely transformed and is now home to the city's hippest shops and restaurants. In addition to the nightlife and shopping attractions situated here, Powell's Books, the country's largest independent bookstore, is located here and is a "must-see" for all booklovers. First Thursday, in the Pearl District, is a monthly event where the art galleries stay open late and locals put on their Sunday best to come out, drink wine, and check out the latest art.
Is there a coffee house or someplace in Goose Hollow where the locals hang out?
Portland is overflowing with fabulous coffee joints. Wired on Burnside is a local-fave spot in Goose Hollow with aromatic brews and the friendliest baristas around town. This funky yet cozy neighborhood spot also serves up cheap and tasty bagel sandwiches and pastries, as well as yummy milkshakes, smoothies, and Italian sodas. Fehrenbacher Hof is another beloved local coffee shop, located on 19th Ave. This hidden gem resides within an inviting and unpretentious little house with a charming porch out front. So order up a stung cup o' jo and one of Fehrenbacher's delectable breakfast sandwiches and enjoy it out in the sunshine.
im considering moving to portland and renting what neighborhoods should i avoid?
Nearly all areas of Portland are safe, especially during the day. The city is filled with many unique neighborhoods, with most of the nicer areas closer to downtown. Northeast Portland is perhaps the least desirable section of the city and many locals avoid crossing above 82nd Street during nightfall. Southwest and Northwest Portland are known for their charm and beauty, but these areas do tend to be on the pricier side. Eastmoreland is also a nice neighborhood, as well as the casual and artsy Inner Southeast vicinity.
What kinds of outdoor activities do people enjoy in Portland?
Not only does Portland have many parks and outdoor recreational areas within city limits, but it also is not very far from such places as the Columbia River, the southern chain of the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, all of which are prime locations to enjoy the outdoors. There are at least 4 National Parks within 50 miles, including the Deschutes and Snoqualmie National Forests. Portland residents enjoy golfing, mountain biking, skiing, ice climbing, hiking, fishing and wind surfing at different times of the year. Many people move to Portland because of the plentiful outdoor activities and easy access to the wilderness.
I've got dogs. What are the best places in Portland for being outdoors with pets?
Portland is chock full of dog-friendly establishments from dog parks to farmer's markets to local restaurants. Hoyt Arboretum boasts 185 acres with 1,100 species of trees and 12 miles of trails for you and your pup to enjoy. Forest Park is the largest city park in the United States with about 5,000 acres of dog-friendly natural area with abundant natural wildlife and a massive tree canopy. Chimney Dog Park on North Columbia Boulevard is a 16-acre local favorite off-leash park open year round with sprawling meadows, trails, and fenced-in areas for the pups. Berlin Inn German Restaurant and Bakery allows dogs on their outdoor patio, even offering a special doggie menu with treats for your favorite furry friend! Every October, Portland's Lucky Labrador Brew Pub is home to the annual Dogtoberfest where dogs can get a good washing and all proceeds are donated to a local charity.
Does Portland have any famous museums or exhibitions?
Portland is home to an impressive array of fun and educational museums for visitors of all ages. The Children's Museum, located on Southwest Canyon Road, is an interactive museum with exhibits showcasing the natural world, sound, gravity, medicine, light and shadow, and more. Located on Southwest Park Avenue, Portland Art Museum is a sprawling 112,000 square foot facility displaying ancient through modern-day art from all around the world. Portland's World Forestry Center offers visitors a glimpse of life and changes within the forest, with many educational and interactive displays, a forest canopy habitat featuring live animals, and even a raft ride. Some other Portland favorite museums include the Hat Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Oregon Historical Society Museum, and the Oregon Maritime Center and Museum.
What areas of Portland are safe for walking around at night?
Portland's Pearl District and Northwest Portland are nice, safe areas, close to downtown and conveniently located along the streetcar line. However, these neighborhoods are on the pricier end of things. Some less expensive safe neighborhoods are located on the east side of the river, including the Hawthorne District, Irvington, and Alberta. According to neighborhoodscout.com, the neighborhoods with the lowest crime rate in Portland are Sylvan, Benny Slope, Portland Heights, Kaiser Road, and Englewood.
Is Portland a good place for families?
Portland is a great place for families. While it does rain quite a bit throughout the year, that rain is the source of all of Portland's top-notch forests, flowers, and farms, and the summers are beautiful and generally sunny. In addition to plenty of parks, opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and swimming abound. Plus, it has accessible skiing at Mt. Hood. Portland is also home to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), the Portland Children's Museum, the Oregon Zoo, and the World Forestry Center.
Will I need a car in Portland?
No, you probably won't need a car in Portland. Over 12 percent of Portland's residents uses mass transit to get to work on a daily basis. While this might not sound like a lot, this number is 735 percent greater than the Oregon average and 567 percent greater than the national average, indicating that Portland's public transit system is very well developed. Local bus service is provided by TriMet, which also operates the MAX light rail system, which connects the city and suburbs. In addition to Portland's mass transportation options, Portland was ranked the 12th most walkable of fifty largest U.S. cities by a 2011 study by Walk Score. Biking is also a popular options for Portland's commuters.