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 WU Housing Portal
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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 students in mind, ArtHouse is just a 5-minute walk from the main WU PNCA 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.

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

WU Housing Portal

The WU Housing portal is where students access Willamette University on-campus housing information and applications.

Each student has their own WU Housing portal page! New students submit housing applications, electronically sign your housing application and contract, register for move in times, and look for information and resources through the WU Housing portal.

Log in periodically to view housing updates. 

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
Group of people dining casually in a room with large windows overlooking a garden. Some are eating, while two engage in conversation, one with bright pink hair.
Student storing their bike in bike storage at ArtHouse, the student housing facility at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). photo: Shawn Records

At Your Convenience

  • Secure building entry system
  • Secured bicycle parking
  • One specially trained residence life team member per floor.
  • 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
Cityscape view of downtown Portland, Oregon, home to Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).


2024-2025 ArtHouse Room Rates

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 WU Housing Portal as soon as possible for best selection.

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

Information regarding your housing assignment will be available the first part of August. Roommate placements will begin in mid-June. Look on your WU Housing portal for information regarding your placement and your roommate (if you received a shared room). Please know assignments may change as more people apply throughout the summer.

ArtHouse applications are due June 1, and roommate selection takes place mid June. You will receive information via your WU email with instructions on how to choose a roommate. Information regarding your housing assignment will be available the first part of August.

Please contact for assistance regarding your deposit.

You can access the application and questionnaire to make changes through the WU Housing portal and edit your responses until June 1. If you cannot access your application, email the information to and we can update it for you. Remember, you must be logged into your WU email to access both forms.

No, students cannot move in prior to move in day August 21, 2024.

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 single and shared studio apartments, and traditional two bedroom and three bedroom units. Some of the apartment units have both single and shared bedroom spaces.

Yes, the apartments are furnished. The units will have an extra long twin bed, desk, dining room table and chairs. Standard apartments contain couches, studio apartments do not. 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. For more information and ideas on how to prepare for living in an apartment, check out What to Bring.

Yes. This deposit is refundable, if the unit is left in move-in ready condition when the student vacates the apartment.

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.

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 emotional support animals (ESAs) must be endorsed by Accessible Education Services, and approved by Residence Life and Housing before the animal can live in ArtHouse. All appropriate forms and paperwork must be completed and turned in to the appropriate office PRIOR to the animal arriving on to campus.

Housing Policy

Mandatory Housing Policy and Exception Request Process

New PNCA campus undergraduates must reside in ArtHouse for their first year 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). To request request waiver information, please email

Get in touch

For any questions about Residence Life at PNCA, please contact

M. Powell
Area Coordinator

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