Make your home at ArtHouse

Live in our modern, downtown housing facility, ArtHouse, just a five-minute walk from PNCA's main campus building.

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Welcome Home

All new freshmen and transfer students live in ArtHouse, contemporary student housing on the North Park Blocks in the arts-focused Pearl District. Designed with PNCA students in mind, ArtHouse is just a 5-minute walk from the PNCA’s main campus building, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.

The student apartments are light-filled spaces that face the park and the city, with hallways that serve as gallery spaces for student art. Apartments are furnished and feature modern kitchen appliances and washer/dryers. The Portland Streetcar, rail lines, and bus routes are within blocks of ArtHouse, as are a variety of entertainment and dining options.

Amenities and Features

  • All standard utilities included
  • Fully furnished with custom-designed furniture
  • Fiber optic Ethernet connection with dedicated wireless routers in each unit
  • Full kitchen with energy-saving appliances, including dishwasher and microwave
  • Washer/dryer in each unit
  • Large windows allowing in natural light and views of Portland’s cityscape

At Your Convenience

  • Secure building entry system
  • Secured bicycle parking
  • One specially trained residence life staff member per 21 students
  • Community study area
  • Rain garden and surrounding leisure deck
  • LEED registered building with green features
  • Student art galleries on each floor

Portland at your fingertips

  • f&b Café on the ground floor
  • More than 20 art galleries and abundant shopping and dining options
  • Major bus lines, the Portland Streetcar, and the MAX Light Rail
  • Union Station with Amtrak, Greyhound, and Bolt Bus service
  • City car share program
  • Walk Score of 93 (Walker’s Paradise) and Bike Score of 90 (Biker’s Paradise)
  • Ranked #22 of 280 Portland attractions by TripAdvisor


Fall 2019 Pricing

Students may apply to rent their own private room or may request to share a bedroom with another PNCA student. New students should submit the completed ArtHouse Request Form as soon as possible for best consideration.

SHARED STUDIO$8,866$4,433$985
PRIVATE STUDIO$17,730$8,865$1,971

Academic Year Lease: August 29, 2019 - May 19, 2020
Shared Studio: $8,866 ($4,433/semester)
Shared Bedroom, Multi-bedroom Unit: $10,063 ($5,032/semester)
Private Bedroom, Multi-bedroom Unit: $14,428 ($7,214/semester)
Private Studio Apartment: $17,730 ($8,865/semester)

Additional Charges
Holding/Security Deposit: $300 due after Application Screening;
Lease Application Fee $35 (paid as part of Lease Application, $20 Background Check and $15 Credit Check);
Renter’s Insurance: $160 ($80 per semester) charged to student account;
Residence Life Program Fee: $150 ($75 per semester) charged to student account

Renter’s insurance policy
Nine-month housing contract including winter break
Optional summer housing available (additional cost)

Housing Policy

Mandatory Housing Policy and Exception Request Process

New PNCA undergraduates must reside in ArtHouse for the entire first year at PNCA unless they qualify for an exemption or successfully petition for an exception. Exemptions are granted for students who are married or who are living with parents or legal guardians within 30 miles of campus. On a case-by-case basis, the College will review requests for exceptions to this policy based on extraordinary circumstances (e.g., medical issue)

Get in touch

For any questions about Residence Life at PNCA, please contact

Office of Residence Life

Grace Murphy, Director
Pacific Northwest College of Art
33 NW Park Avenue Portland, OR 97209

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