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Housing / Relocation

PCC does not have a dormitory on campus. It is the student’s responsibility to locate their own housing. Many new international students wait to secure housing until after Orientation Week because class availability can determine which of the four PCC campuses will be their main campus. Some options international students may want to consider are listed below.


Homestay programs offer the opportunity to live with an American family. PCC currently suggests ANDEO International Homestays and
American Homestay Network.

Student Apartments

College Housing Northwest is a non-profit housing corporation in Portland, Oregon. It provides housing in seven unique apartment buildings, all located in downtown Portland. Any student who is attending a college or university in Portland is eligible to live in College Housing Northwest properties. To get to any of the PCC campuses, students can use the free shuttle service offered by Portland Community College or TriMet, the public transportation service, from downtown

Other Housing Options

  • Housing near PCC Campuses
    • Apartment Guide
    • Apartment List
    • Apartments.com
    • Zillow
    • International Student Newsletter (sent weekly–includes “Housing Needed” and “Housing Available” posts from current PCC students). New or current PCC students can submit a post for the housing section of our International Student Newsletter.
    • Housing Boards are managed by ASPCC, details for each campus below —
      • Cascade: The housing board is open for students and community members to post and is located in the Student Union. Posts for housing needed and/or housing offered should be emailed to ashley.hansen@pcc.edu.
      • Rock Creek: The housing board is open for PCC students only and is located in the Co-Op (5-113). Students needing housing and/or offering housing must complete a request form at the Co-Op in order for their information to be posted.
      • Southeast: The housing board is open for students and community members to post and located in Tabor Hall. Posts for housing needed and housing offered can be dropped off at the Student Resource Hub (Tabor 154).
      • Sylvania: There is not a specific housing board, but students and community members are able to submit housing posts to ASPCC (CC 221) and must complete a form in order for their information to be posted on various bulletin boards around campus.
  • Temporary Housing
Housing Resources
  • CORT provides furniture rental packages and housing information for students living off-campus.
U.S. Housing Info & Tips for Searching for Housing
  • It is strongly recommended that you carefully read and understand housing agreements before you sign or make any formal commitment.
  • You will most likely need to put down a deposit on your new housing, usually of one month or six weeks’ rent, which will be returned to you when you move out, if the property remains in the same condition as when you began your lease.
  • The cost of utilities (energy costs, internet, water, cable) will usually be extra in private accommodation so you must bear that in mind when comparing costs.
  • Watch out for additional fees, for example: for the use of parking spaces, laundry facilities, or concierge services at some apartment complexes.
  • As an international student, you will need to ensure you look for furnished accommodation, or order the furniture and appliances you need after you arrive (unless of course, you want to ship these from home). Check that amenities such as a washing machine and fridge are included in your housing. Some housing options even supply bedding for students travelling from abroad.
  • Some apartment complexes include amenities such as pools or gyms, which can help to save time and money.
  • Be aware of what safety features your accommodation has, for example: secure door entry, security personnel, or CCTV in communal areas. This will give you and your family back home peace of mind.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is meant to provide assistance in locating off-campus housing. Inclusion of any property, rental unit, or other housing options on this website does not constitute, and shall not be construed or reported as an endorsement or approval by Portland Community College of the housing option, landlord, its properties, or its business practices. Portland Community College expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise with regard to such housing options, property or rental units or with regard to disputes between landlords and tenants concerning such property or rental units. All prospective tenants are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating housing options, a prospective rental unit or landlord.


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