This site contains information and helpful links regarding off-campus living. Reed College Residence Life works with on-campus housing, but these resources have been tried and tested as successful tools to find off-campus housing in the greater Portland community.
Looking for another apartment complex? One further away from the Reed campus? A smaller number of off-campus students choose to live in other apartment complexes around Portland.
Trulia is a user-friendly search engine that selects apartments and houses for rent by price, area, and number of bedrooms. It can also narrow searches to include pet-allowed spaces and select ammenities.
Craigslist is a hub for classified advertisements, including a variety of housing options. Note when searching: Reed is in Multnomah County, but Clackamas County is just south of campus and would still offer relatively close housing options.
Reed houses are often a part of the off-campus student's way of life, but sometimes it is tricky to find the right home when moving away from the residence halls. Craigslist and Trulia both offering housing options, but two of the best ways to find houses with fellow Reedies involve some networking: Facebook and Reed Switchboard.
Facebook casts a wide net, but specialized Reed groups within the social media platform can hone your housing search. Although a simple status update can do the trick, Reed student-started groups like "Reed College Housing Board & Lost and Found" create a space for students to ask about housing and comment with offers.
Reed Switchboard, which connects "asks" and "offers" between members of the Reed community, allows students to post inquiries about housing and requests for roommates. It's a great place to start looking for housing with other Reed students. For easy searching, change the location to "Portland, OR" and the subject matter to "housing."
These are general pieces of advice from Reed Residence Life student worker Danielle Juncal '15!
Start Thinking about Off-Campus Housing Early!
The earlier you consider off-campus housing options, the better idea you'll have about what type of housing you want and what opportunities are available in the greater Portland community. Talk to students who have lived off campus, and get an idea for what type of home you want.
Set Your Ranges, Determine Your Needs
Now that you've contemplated moving off campus, you need to consider a few serious questions. What is your price range? How far away do you want to live from campus? How many roommates would you want? One helpful way to decide what you want is to build three categories about your potential housing space: what do you want in a home, what do you need in a home, and what can you have in a home. For example, you may want a pet-free home, but you can and would be willing to have a roommate with a dog.
After narrowing your preferences, it's helpful to have a set of ranges you can share with potential landlords and roommates. You'll have an easier time searching if you have hard-and-fast outline of what you're looking for in a future home.
Talk with Reedies You Want to Live With
If you're looking to split a space with other people, share the responsibility of finding an off-campus home by recruiting some fellow Reedies. Oftentimes, whole Reed houses will need new tenants, and working with a group or partner housemate may make your search a little easier. A word to the wise: best friends do not always make the best roommates. Select with care!
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The Reed night bus is a shuttle service provided by Reed to make students who live off-campus feel safe getting home late at night.
Dates and times of service
Sunday-Thursday: 10:15 p.m. - 2:15 a.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10:15 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Shuttle travel boundaries
North: E Burnside St.
South: SE Johnson Creek Blvd.
East: SE 82nd Ave.
West: Willamette River
First run: 10:15 p.m.
Next run: 11 p.m.
After 11 p.m.: Runs on the half hour and hour if students are present.
Reed College Residence Life does not endorse any off-campus housing agencies or arrangements. The information and links on this page are published for general information purposes only. Students are responsible for their own contractual arrangements for off-campus housing. Reed College is neither a party to nor beneficiary of any such contract.