New students: We have also put together the following list of resources to help you adjust to life at OHSU and address some of your questions about life in Portland. Feel free to contact us with any specific questions!
Getting to Campus:
Visit Transportation and Parking for several resources! There is a page specifically dedicated to serving students. Students are eligible for a heavily discounted annual TriMet pass (details here.) You can learn more about incentive programs on MyCommute, where you can log trips from your commute to earn cash back, enter to win prizes, and complete challenges. OHSU partners with several local organizations to offer students discounts, including BikeTown and Car2Go, while also providing a free bike valet at the bottom of the Tram! Together these options help make your trip up to campus much easier and cost-effective.
Where to Eat At & Around OHSU
OHSU Farmers Market (Marquam Hill, Tuesdays in June-Sept)
Thai Yummy (Marquam Hill)
Cha! Cha! Cha! (South Waterfront)
Let's Eat Thai Food Cart (South Waterfront)
Rip City Grill Food Cart (South Waterfront)
Dipped & Flipped Food Cart (South Waterfront)
Lovejoy Bakers (South Waterfront)
Bambuza (South Waterfront)
What's the Scoop (South Waterfront)
OHSU Portland Housing Information
OHSU Off-Campus Housing Classifieds
*Many apartment complexes and rental agencies will post listings on Craigslist!
Things to do in Portland:
-Visit the iconic Powell's Bookstore downtown
-Portland Art Museum (student tickets are $17 or invest in a membership for just $20 via the Creative License Program; admission is $5 after 5 pm on Fridays, and every 1st Thursday of the month admission after 5 pm is free through their Access Programs!)
-Portland Japanese Garden (student tickets are $13.50)
-Lan Su Chinese Garden (student tickets are $7)
-Crystal Springs Rhododendron garden (tickets are $5; admission is free after 6 pm)
-Play nickle arcade games or go to a barcade
-Dinner and a movie: Laurelhurst, Living Room, Academy Theater (provides on-site babysitting!)
-Get a team together for some trivia (Geeks Who Drink have events throughout PDX most nights of the week at various locations)
-Go to a game night: My Father's Place has one on Wednesdays at 7 pm or hit up Guardian Games for one of their many events (you can also just play with your friends at their bar in the back: bring your own games or borrow one of the many they have available!)
-Stand-up comedy: Eastburn hosts "It's Gonna be Okay" on Monday's at 8 pm (free), Ford Food and Drink hosts "Earthquake Hurricane" on Thursday's at 8 pm (free), hit up an open mic (visit PDX Stand Up for upcoming shows), or check out the Helium Club's ticketed shows
-Slam poetry: Portland Poetry Slam performs on Sundays at 6:30 pm and Slamlandia has monthly performances
-Check out one of the monthly art walks: First Friday in SE, First Thursday in the Pearl, Last Thursday in NE
-Hike: Forest Park, Tyron Creek State Natural Area, Powell Butte Park, Washington Park, Mount Tabor Park, Hoyt Arboretum
-Climb: Planet Granite, The Circuit, or head out to local Broughton Bluff for some outdoor climbing!
-Head up to Sauvie Island to go berry picking, pumpkin picking, tackle a corn maze, or hit up the beach!
*Check out PDX Pipeline's upcoming events page for more fun things to do around town!
Places to Eat and Drink:
-Vietnamese: Luc Lac (V, GF), Fresh Roll (GF)
-Latin-American: Teote (V-friendly, GF), Cubo (V, GF), Epif (V, GF)
-Thai: Kati Portland (V, GF), Pok Pok (GF)
-Japanese: Mio Sushi (V)
-Brunch: Jam (V, GF), Toast, Mother's Bistro (V-friendly), Tasty n Alder, Sweetpea Baking (V, GF)
-Donuts: Coco donuts, Blue Star donuts (V), Doe donuts (V)
-Ice cream: Salt & Straw, Fifty Licks, Eb & Bean, What's the Scoop (all have V & GF options)
-Breweries: Culmination, Base Camp, Lucky Laborador, Hair of the Dog, Cider Riot! (GF)
*V: vegan menu options, V-friendly: the restaurant will adapt menu options to make them vegan, GF: gluten-free menu options