International Student Services: Prepare for Arrival
It is very important for you to plan your travel using University of Portland’s calendar. Important dates are listed on the side of this page. The Registrar’s website posts the future University calendars.
Sign-up for an airport pick-up through our online form. An email confirmation will be sent in August confirming your airport pick-up arrangements.You can also take a taxi or public transportation from the airport to campus. A taxi ride will cost approximately $40.00 and public transportation will cost $2.40. Taxis are available at the airport, MAX train and bus schedules are posted at www.trimet.org.
The weather in Portland will be warm during September and then begin cooling in early October. By November, temperatures may drop to freezing. It will be necessary to have warm clothing and a sturdy winter coat. A coat in the U.S. will cost about $80 to $200 depending on the thickness and quality. Consider your suitcase space and your budget to decide whether you will buy winter clothes here or bring them with you.
We do not recommend bringing electronics or appliances like hair dryers that require a power adapter. Everyday items can be purchased after you arrive, and you do not want to use an adapter for four years! Depending on where you live, it may be much cheaper to buy a laptop and other electronics in the U.S. You can check www.bestbuy.com to see price examples.
Portland has several large retail stores where you can purchase clothes, linens, items for your room and book supplies. These stores can be easily reached by bus or train. During orientation there is a group trip to downtown Portland where you can purchase a cell phone, school supplies, and clothes.
Carry all of your immigration documents with you. Do not put documents in your checked baggage. You will need them to cross the border. You may also experience flight delays that prevent you from arriving on campus at the expected time. It is wise to have medications, a change of clothes and any necessary toiletry items in your carry-on bag.
This downloadable checklist is an excellent guide to help you pack. Packing List for New Students