Situated in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Portland is an ever-growing city filled with various cultural experiences, opportunities for outdoor adventures, and a beautiful landscape for encountering God in the midst of your everyday routine.
Welcome to the City of Roses
There’s so much to discover in this vibrant city, and it’s one of the best things about studying at MU. You’ll quickly find your own places as you explore. Portland is full of life and plenty of opportunities to discover new cultures, food, and experiences. Adventure out on a hike or dive into an amazing Pad Thai dish at one of the 500 food carts in Portland. Whatever you’re interested in—nature, food, fashion, sports, or the arts—it’s all here in the City of Roses.
Get around like a local.
Navigating Portland is pretty simple. Gather new friends and explore around town, or download this map and learn the ropes on your own!
Venture into downtown by MAX or take a walk down Hawthorne. Whatever you decide to do, we’ve got your back with this guide so you don’t get lost along the way!
This Thai restaurant has become a Portland staple and is best known for serving authentic Thai dishes in an urban setting. The original location on Division is surrounded by other great shops and restaurants, so grab some friends and go!
Santa Cruz Bakery and Taqueria
Just a short walk from MU, this is a favorite among students because of its authentic Mexican dishes and affordable prices. Head over with a group of friends for a quick meal and a family atmosphere.
For a pick-me-up, head over to Carioca Bowls. They serve up delicious and organic açaí bowls, juices, and other Mediterranean specials. With a fun and bright atmosphere, you’ll be recharged in no time!
A Portland and Seattle staple that brings you artisan bread, sandwiches, and soups! Luckily for you, Grand Central Bakeries are located in favorite neighborhoods throughout Portland like Hawthorne and Fremont. Explore and enjoy a pastry!
Home to many iconic Portland landmarks, such as the Oregon Zoo, the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, and 15 miles of trails, you’ll find no shortage of things to do on your day off in this beautiful park.
Being the largest bookstore in the world is pretty impressive – you’ll have to go check it out for yourself. Even if you don’t read often, it’s fascinating and is a fun place to explore with friends or to go study and enjoy a cup of coffee in their café.
Every Saturday, Portland hosts its iconic Saturday Market, featuring local vendors and many different food carts. Experience the various cultures present within Portland, all in one place.
Catch a Live Show
Nestled just a few miles from campus, Mt. Tabor is a great place to go on a short hike, set up a hammock and relax, or just bring a few friends up for a picnic or study session. Be sure to catch a sunset or two while you’re there.
Portland, aka Stumptown, is full of fun cafés, including one of our local favorites, Rain or Shine, in the South Tabor Neighborhood.
Tucked in-between the homes of a quiet neighborhood, Palio offers a variety of coffees, food, and desserts, and is a peaceful spot to study.
Grab your friends and homework for a cozy study session at this quaint cafe in the lower Belmont District of southeast Portland. They serve up coffee, tea, and a simple but delicious breakfast and lunch menu.
With multiple locations around Portland, you’ll have plenty of options for scenery as you study for your upcoming exams.
Less than five miles from campus, this park offers you the opportunity to hike, bike, and even ride horses!
This refuge spans about 1.5 acres and showcases wetlands as well as deciduous forest, with the opportunity to hike and bike.
One of the larger parks, Marquam is 193 acres of undeveloped land and boasts more than five miles of scenic hiking trails.
The Linnton Loop is about 5.2 miles long and provides a 930-foot elevation gain – perfect if you’re looking for a slight challenge.
Located in the heart of the Laurelhurst neighborhood, Rose Church is home to many of our students and provides a safe and bright atmosphere for worship.
Bridgetown practices the way of Jesus in the urban core of Portland and in homes all over the city throughout the week in communities.
Door of Hope is a family of churches just 15 minutes away from campus that exist for Jesus as a movement of grace for revival in the city through the gospel.
Located in the Buckman neighborhood of Portland, Hinson emphasizes the preaching of God’s Word, gospel-centered community, and congregational singing.
Getting around Portland is simple and fun with plenty of options for public transportation.
- Max Light Rail
- Portland Streetcar
- Portland by Bike
Safety in Portland
Being aware is key to protecting yourself no matter where you are. Keeping friends and loved ones updated with your location is another great way to ensure your safety and provide peace-of-mind to those around you. For more information and general safety tips for living in Portland, visit the Police Bureau of Portland’s official website.
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The Multnomah Difference
Why choose Multnomah? Multnomah University exists to help you tap into your own potential and equip you to pursue your calling. Take a look at some of our favorite things about MU and discover how you can become a part of the Multnomah family.
Living in Portland
Come explore the heart of Portland and the unique opportunities that come from living here.