Shipstad Hall | University of Portland

Shipstad Hall

Shipstad Hall is currently closed for upgrades and a refresh.



Hall Staff

Hall Director: Position Open

Assistant Hall Director: Position Open

Pastoral Residents: Fr. Tim Weed, C.S.C.

Life in Shipstad Hall

Hall Motto: The Wind in Your Sails, Your Port in the Storm

Nickname for Residents: "Shipmates"

Signature Events:

  • Haunted House: Shipstad’s basement is decorated to frighten people from across campus and in the greater community. The faint of heart can come for the "lights on" hour and the daredevils can go through while the lights are out!
  • Friendsgiving: Shipstad comes together as a community to share a large meal on the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving. Shipmates from across the building help make food to create a tremendous feast.
  • Christmas Party: Shipmates gather in the 1st floor lounge to decorate the hall for Christmas. Many Shipmates go out that morning to a local Christmas tree farm to cut down trees for the lobby and 1st floor lounge.
  • Shipstad's Super Bowl Party: Each year, Shipstad hosts the largest Super Bowl party on campus. The game is projected in the 1st floor lounge that is converted into a stadium for seating. Classic Super Bowl snacks are served at this blockbuster event.
  • Shipstad Royalty: The hall's annual talent pageant in which each wing nominates a representative to compete to be crowned either Mr. or Mrs. Shipstad.

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Shipstad Hall was built in 1967 on the site of what was once a five-hole golf course. The hall is named for the Eddie Shipstad family, one-time owners of the Ice Follies, who were the building's primary benefactors. Shipstad housed men for its first 20 years and then in the fall of 1987, it became the University's first coed hall. Today, it houses men and women in 137 rooms on four floors. Shaped somewhat like a "Z," the hall has two large lounges with televisions, a pool table, and a piano; four study rooms; bike storage; a chapel; a kitchen; and laundry facilities. The hall is also home to the University Archives and the University's Heritage Museum, both located in the building's basement.

Room Layout

What is the average size of a Shipstad Hall room?
Shipstad Hall is an older building and does not have uniform room sizes throughout the building. The majority of the double rooms (which are extendable, meaning they can hold two or three students) are approximately 184 square feet, but a few are slightly larger. Triple rooms with bathrooms are approximately 220 square feet, while standard triple rooms are approximately 309 square feet. Single rooms are approximately 140 square feet.

How is a double room in Shipstad Hall laid out?
Beds can be bunked or lofted. For each student in the room, there is a wardrobe, a dresser, and a desk. Dressers, wardrobes, and desks are moveable. Rooms have laminate flooring.


Hall Stats

Hall Type: Co-ed

Eligibility: All class years

Total Rooms: 137

Floors: 4

Elevator: Yes

Air Conditioning: No

Room Types: Single, Double, Triple