Make your home at ArtHouse

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

Apply for housing on the Bearcat BnB

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.

Bearcat BnB

The Bearcat BnB is the student portal for Willamette University on-campus housing and dining.

Each student has their own Bearcat BnB (Bed n Board) page! New and returning students submit housing and dining applications, electronically sign your housing agreement, view and sign off on room condition reports, and participate in the housing lottery through the BnB.

Log in periodically to view Housing updates.

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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

  • 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 2021 Pricing

Students may apply to rent their own private room or may request to share a bedroom with another PNCA student. New students should apply for housing on the Bearcat BnB as soon as possible for best consideration.

SHARED STUDIO$9,406$4,703
PRIVATE STUDIO$18,812$9,406

Academic Year Lease: Move In and Move Out dates pending
Shared Studio: $9,406 ($4,703/semester)
Shared Bedroom, Multi-bedroom Unit: $10,676 ($5,338/semester)
Private Bedroom, Multi-bedroom Unit: $15,307 ($7,653/semester)
Private Studio: $18,812 ($9,406/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)


Below are the most frequently asked questions I receive from parents and incoming students. If you do not see the answer to your question below, please contact me directly at Thank you!

Initial roommate placements will begin in Mid-July. When the first round is done, an email will go out introducing matched roommates. Please know that this is subject to change as more people apply throughout the summer. It is a SOFT placement.

We process each application by hand, once every 1-2 weeks (depending on how busy things are!) If it has been longer than that window, please email You should have received three emails: one with general information (including a recommended items list), one with info on how to pay your deposit, and one a custom deposit link.

Please contact for assistance regarding your deposit.

Both forms allow people to go in and edit their responses. If you cannot do so, please fill it out again and let me know that you’ve done so twice! Remember, you must be logged into your PNCA email to access both forms.

No, no one is allowed to move in prior to move in day on August 23rd, 2021.

Yes, BUT, you must let us know prior to sending the package, and they may ONLY arrive one day prior to move-in day. We will not hold packages if they arrive sooner than that.

ArtHouse has studio, two bedroom and three bedroom floor plans.

Yes, the apartments do come furnished. The units will have a bed (size: twin extra long), desk, couch (not all studios have couches), dining room table and chairs. The units also include appliances: full size washer and dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, stove and microwave.

The apartments do not include items such as linens, pots and pans, dishes…etc. If you are interested in a short term rental for these types of items, we have worked with CORT in the past. Please contact the Property Manager for more information if you are interested.

Yes, the standard security deposit is $300 per tenant. This deposit is refundable, less cleaning and damage expenses.

No, ArtHouse does not have any parking on site. There is a parking garage next to the facility that offers monthly parking. This lot is managed by City Center Parking and is typically around $230 a month.

Portland is an extremely bicycle and pedestrian friendly city. Additionally, there are plenty of public transportation options to get around town and to the surrounding metro areas. Please visit and use their trip planner to explore public transportation options to your destination.


ArtHouse is a pet free building. Service animals and ESAs must be certified and all appropriate forms and paperwork must be completed and turned in PRIOR to move-in.

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

Katie Mollahan

Area Coordinator
Housing and Residence Life

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