Residence Life: University-Owned Houses
The University of Portland rents a number of houses and apartments in the neighborhood adjacent to the campus. These properties are rented to students, faculty, and staff on a space-available basis. Married students qualify to rent these off-campus houses. Eligible students must participate in the housing selection process during the spring to secure a University-owned house or apartment. Check the Rates page for information about rent.
Common Questions about Living in a Rental House
- Submit your housing application and pay the $100 application deposit. Visit the Current Student Housing Application page for more information and this year's timeline.
- Form a group of students (all junior status and above) interested in living together. House sizes range from 2 to 6 bedrooms, with most having 3 to 5 bedrooms. Only one student can live in each bedroom.
- Prepare a backup plan in case the house(s) you are interested in are not available when your number is called. Decide ahead of time who will leave the group if you need to choose a house with fewer bedrooms.
- Go to the UP open house tour before selection and familiarize yourself with the houses you are interested in.
- Attend selection with your group. When the person in your group with the best lottery number is called, come forward and select from among the available houses.
- Sign a contract for the house you have selected and pay the security and key deposits.
- You must be junior status or above.
- You must be a full-time UP student and plan to be one next academic year.
- Your group must be single-gender (unless you are a married couple).
Leases run from August 1 to May 31. If you are interested in staying in your rental house during the summer, contact the Director of Physical Plant, André Hutchinson, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Rentals are not furnished. Rentals are equipped with a stove and a refrigerator. Some may have a dishwasher and a microwave, but this is not guaranteed. Some rentals have washers and dryers left from past renters, but UP does not provide these or repair them.
As stated in the rental contract, UP will not insure renters against any personal injury or property damage. We do not require you to have renter's insurance, but encourage you to consider it. You may already be covered under a parent's insurance.
After you have selected a house, you will need to pay a security deposit equivalent to one month's rent. (This, like the monthly rent, is split among the residents of the house.) This will be refunded soon after you move out, assuming that there is no damage to the house.
You will also need to pay a $100 key deposit. If you return your key at the end of the year, you will have this $100 refunded to you. If you lose your key, this money will be used to cover the costs of rekeying the house and cutting new keys for all residents. If this happens, you will also need to pay a new $100 deposit on the new key, which will be refunded when you return the key at the end of the year.
Finally, you will pay a one-time $100 move-in fee. This covers the costs of repairs, updates, and cleaning for our rental houses. This fee is non-refundable.
Rent for UP-owned houses will be charged to your student account per semester and is paid for in the same way you paid for living in a residence hall on campus.
No, you are responsible for paying utilities except for garbage. In the first week after moving in, one member of the house must call the gas, electric, and water companies to transfer the utilities into their name. If you want cable, Internet, or a house phone, call the company of your choice to set up an account.
Houses where 51% or more of the current residents are interested in returning to the same house may be eligible for "squatting," though it is not guaranteed. Contact the Office of Residence Life at email@example.com if you are interested in this option. You are responsible for filling any vacancies in your house by the deadline specified by the office.
When you sign your housing contract, you will see that the student handbook policies apply to those living in a rental house. For example, pets are not allowed, guests of another gender may not spend the night, and smoking is not allowed in the house. You may not paint the walls of your house. Candles are not allowed.
Yes, Public Safety is available for rental house residents as well as for traditional hall residents.
Yes, you can stay in your house even when the traditional residence halls close for winter break. Leases run August 1 to May 31 and you can live there full time.
We do not provide storage for renters who are not staying in their house during the summer. Houses are sometimes rented to summer students, and empty houses with items left unattended can invite vandalism. If you need storage, we suggest either Public Storage or St. John’s Storage, both on Lombard.
For general maintenance, visit the Physical Plant website and click the "iServiceDesk" button on the right side to submit a work order. For emergency maintenance (e.g., major leak/bursting pipe, furnace breaks down in winter), call Physical Plant at 503-943-7306 during work hours (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm). If you can't reach Physical Plant, or if it's not during business hours, call Public Safety at 503-943-7161.
For additional information provided by Physical Plant, click the link below. Please contact Physical Plant to learn more about the UP houses.
2016 Physical Plant FAQs