Student Housing

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Residence Life

Community Living and Learning

PNCA’s Residence Life program provides a supportive and vibrant environment that facilitates creativity and collaboration. We educate students through in-house social and academic activities as well as events that connect students to the life, culture, and arts of Portland.

The Residence Life program includes live-in Resident Advisors (RAs) who provide ongoing programming, resource guidance, and support for community living. RAs are current PNCA students trained to cultivate a safe and healthy community for our residents.

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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.

ArtHouse Details
The front door of ArtHouse, the student housing facility at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). photo: Shawn Records

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 25 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).

Portland Housing

Cityscape view of downtown Portland, Oregon, home to Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).

Off-Campus Housing

We support continuing students with assistance in finding off-campus housing in the Portland Metro area. Get in touch with us for assistance or for any questions. Get started by downloading the Graduate Housing Guide. If you have questions about off-campus housing options, reach out to Tori Ruiz, Heather Kropf, Aaron Hukari, or M Powell.

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