University of Oregon

Department of Product Design

Studying in Portland

PDX Building

The University of Oregon in Portland facilities are located in the historic Skidmore and Old Town District of downtown. Students study in the newly renovated, historic White Stag Block where studios and workspaces overlook Waterfront Park and city views. The UO in Portland houses a university branch library with a collection that supports the research needs of the academic programs and provides access to the collections of more than 30 libraries. A fabrication lab provides a creative workshop setting for shaping materials with both digital design and woodworking processes, and an output room provides students with graphic printing assistance and services. The UO in Portland hosts lectures, special events, and exhibitions that are open to the public and encourage thoughtful exchanges on issues of importance to the region.

In addition to the graduate degree in Sports Product Design, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (A&AA) offers several degree programs at the White Stag Block. The Department of Architecture offers the master’s of architecture degree and a fifth-year of study for undergraduate students in the bachelor of architecture program. The Historic Preservation program offers a master’s degree. The Department of Product Design offers the fifth-year of study for students in the undergraduate BFA program. 

Portland is an extraordinary urban laboratory for the University of Oregon and the A&AA's engaged and active students and faculty members.

Garrett Tollette works on a design at UO in Portland



Portland is the largest city between Seattle and San Francisco and is known for its exceptional city planning, progressive residents, and art scene. Public transportation serves all areas of the city, and the MAX enables students to travel from campus to downtown for shopping, living, and connections to other transit lines. A little over an hour from both the Pacific Ocean and world-class snowboarding and skiing at Mt. Hood, opportunities for recreation abound. Portland residents are known for their enthusiasm for the outdoors, as evidenced by the types of companies that have chosen to make their corporate homes here (Columbia Sportswear, Leatherman, Nike, and Adidas). A breeding ground for design-based innovators, the city is experiencing an influx of creative people who come to experience the exceptional quality of life and work for world-class companies.



Portland offers a mix of off-campus housing options. Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. Some resources to help you get started are located on the UO Portland Student Life page

For accepted students: We recommend beginning your search in mid-July and arriving in Portland approximately 2–3 weeks before the first day of class. This allows you time to become acquainted with the city and your new neighborhood. You’ll also want to be sure to arrive in time for any mandatory program-specific orientations that are scheduled prior to the start of classes.



Many students live within walking/biking distance, while others commute via public transportation. Portland has a fantastic public transportation system known as Tri-Met (; Tri-Met includes the MAX train (Metropolitan Area Express), the bus, and the Portland Streetcar ( Two MAX lines and three buses have stops on the same block as our building. For more information about utilizing public transit while a student at the UO Portland visit: Special student prices may be available for Tri-Met passes. The White Stag Block does not provide parking for students, faculty or staff.



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