Find a neighborhood
The Ducks Housing guide to off-campus living.
|Neighborhood||Percent students||Crime rate||Party score||Walk time||Bus time||Bike time|
|West University||74.2||High||5||5 to 15||15||5|
|South University||61.5||High||4||10 to 15||N/A||5|
|East Campus||58.8||Low||2||15 to 20||23||7|
|Kinsrow||28.8||Moderate||3||20 to 25||15||15|
|Hendricks Park Area||24.2||Low||2||25 to 30||20||10|
|Amazon||28.7||Moderate||2||25 to 30||20||8|
|Downtown||9.8||Moderate||4||20 to 30||15||8|
|Friendly||18.7||Moderate||3||40 to 45||30||10|
West University: With a student population of nearly 75 percent, West University neighborhood is the center of campus life. The neighborhood starts at Kincaid Street at the western boundary of campus. It's home to a student-centered shopping district packed with bookstores, coffee shops, lunch spots and iconic campus bars. Among the best-known spots: The Duck Store, the campus book store; Glenwood Restaurant; Starbucks; American Apparel; Yogurt Extreme; Taylor's and Rennie's. Neighborhood crime typically consists of party-related conflicts and theft.
South University: Just across 18th Avenue, South University is near Hayward Field and has a student population of about 60 percent. The scene here is a little quieter than West University. But South University also has a collection of neighborbood spots. Among them: Safeway, Tom's Market, Starbucks, Eugene City Bakery, Prince Pucklerís Ice Cream, Studio One Cafe, McMenamins and Agate Alley Bistro & Bar.
East Campus: Home to the UO's Matt Knight Arena, East Campus is also quieter than West University. The student population is nearly 60 percent. The neighborhood features a Market of Choice, a high-end grocery store; Hirons, Henricks Park, Track Town PIzza, Little Big Burger and Wild Duck.
Harlow: With Autzen Stadium and PK Park as its neighbors, the Harlow neighborhood is perfect for game days. A free, express bus route to campus runs until 2 a.m. most nights, and a scenic bike path over the Willamette River provides an easy route to campus. Crime in this neighborhood is moderate and rent is typically inexpensive. The neighborhood features The O Bar and Grill, Teng Hua Chinese food, and Duck N Go convenience store.
Hendricks Park Area: This neighborhood sits on a ridge on the other side of the East Campus neighborhood. It is best known for its signature natural area: Hendricks Park, Eugeneís oldest city park. The student population in this neighborhood is only about 24 percent and crime is low. This area is mostly residential, but within a mile away are the popular restaurants, Beppe & Gianniís Trattoria, McMenamins, Eugene City Bakery and Agate Alley Bistro & Bar.
Amazon: About two miles south of campus, the Amazon neighborhood has fewer students (28 percent) but it close to the Amazon Adidas/Rexius running trail and mountain bike trails in the city's south hills. The neighborhood features: Sundance Natural Foods, Burrito Amigos, Hideaway Bakery and the Humble Beagle Pub.
Downtown: Located in the heart of Eugene, the downtown neighborhood has tons of character. Here you will find Fifth Street Market, Steelhead Brewery, Marche, and the ďBarmuda Triangle,Ē which consists of seven bars on a single corner. From April to November, Saturday Market is open once a week, which is a mix of various types of street vendors.
Friendly: About 10 minutes by bike, Friendly is mostly residential and non-students. The neighborhood is packed with shopping, coffee shops and restaurants, including: Market of Choice, Rite Aid, Off the Waffle, Yogurt Extreme, Glenwood and Turtle's. Washington City Park is in the center of the neighborhood and Spencer Butte, popular among hikers, is a 10-minute drive to the south.
Be sure you find a place thatís safe to live in. The City of Eugene has minimum rental standards that each property is required to meet. Keep these requirements in mind when youíre looking for a place:
Security: Exterior doors and windows must be equipped with locks
Heating: Must be able to maintain 68 degrees in all habitable rooms
Plumbing: Must be safe, sanitary and free of leaks
Weatherproofing: The roof, walls and doors shouldnít leak
Mold: Must be removed if itís visible from faulty plumbing or weatherproofing
Structural Integrity: The roof, floors and walls must be able to support the appropriate loads
Smoke detectors: Must be installed and working
If you have problems, write to your landlord with a detailed description of whatís happening and keep a copy for yourself. If you donít hear back within 10 days, contact the City of Eugeneís Rental Housing Code department at 541-682-8282.
For more information
- Dean of Students: Living off-campus: A guide for students
- City of Eugene:Rental housing code
- OSPIRG: Renters Handbook
Donít party stupid. No one wants to spend a night in the county jail or the emergency room after a small function turns into Project X. Hereís how to avoid that:
Control the guest list and the door: Who wants random people walking through your house? Itís dangerous and a buzzkill.
Tell your neighbors: Theyíll want to know that you may be rocking out after midnight. Give them your phone number so they can call you during the night.
Keep it down: Close the doors and windows to contain the noise, discourage uninvited guests and keep your neighbors happy. Oh, also, it will help avoid having someone call the police, too.
Watch your friends: Keep an eye on people who get sick. Alcohol poisoning can be fatal. If necessary, call 911 for help. Also, make sure your friends have a safe way to get home.
Adults only: Donít serve friends who are under 21. If you do, the police can cite you for a $1,000 fine.
Make friends with the police: They spend the weekend breaking up college parties. The last thing they want is to confront an uncooperative student. Interfering with a police officer could also get you sent to jail and a $6,250 fine.
For more information:
- UO Dean of Students: When throwing a party
- Eugene Police Department: Partying in Eugene: Be Safe, Be Legal
Be a good neighbor
The neighborhoods around campus are packed with students who are short-term renters. That makes it hard to get to know your neighbors. But a little effort early in fall term can help make the rest of your year go more smooth. Hereís how:
- Knock on the door: Go introduce yourself to the people who live next door and across the street. Put their name and number in your phone. Offer your name and number in return.
- Call to solve problems: Donít wait for things to solve themselves. They wonít.
- Plan ahead: Let neighbors know the dates and times of upcoming parties. Give them your number to call if they have concerns.
- Watch your noise: If your neighbors donít know you and you throw a loud party, they will call the police first. If they know you, they are more likely to come to you first.
- Cleanup: No one likes to see their neighborhood trashed after a party.
For more information
- UO Government and Community Relations: Your Neighbors and U
Neighborhoods around campus have the highest property crime rates in Eugene. Why? Criminals know students have bikes, laptops, stereos and clothes that are easy to steal.
Lock up ó always: Doors, windows, cars and bikes. If itís not locked, it will be gone. For bikes, use a U-lock.
Donít leave stuff: Wallets, laptops, cell phones and bags shouldnít be left unattended in visible places, including your car or at the library.
Park smart: Find a light and park your car and bike under it.
Keep records: Register your bike and laptop with the UO Police Department
Get a steering-wheel lock: Eugene police offer them at wholesale prices. Pick one up at the station at 13th Avenue and Alder Street, across from Starbucks.
Walk the neighborhood: Check out your block during the daylight so know you all the alleys and streets around you.
Be alert: Use common sense. Donít walk down dark alleys.
Know whom to call: Add these numbers into your phone: UO Police Department 541-346-2919; and Eugene Police Department 541-682-5111. Call to report a crime or threatening situation. For emergencies, call 911.
Donít walk alone: Always find a friend to walk with you in the dark. If you canít avoid being along, make sure to tell someone where youíre going and when youíll be back.
Call for an escort: UO police may be available to escort you across campus in the dark. Call 541-346-2919.
For more information
- UO Police Department: Crime Prevention Tips
Numbers to know
Phone numbers you may need for rentersí advice, safety tips or a ride home in the dark.
ASUO Legal Services: 541-346-4273 Any UO student can consult with legal services for questions about housing.
UO Conflict Resolution Services: 541-346-0617
City of Eugeneís Rental Housing Code: 541-682-8282
Eugene Police Department: For emergencies, call 911. For report a theft or car accident to the non-emergency line, call 541-682-5111.
Designated Driver Shuttle: 541-346-RIDE. Free or low-cost rides home to help prevent drunk driving among students.
Safe Ride: 541-346-RIDE, ext. 2. Free or low-cost rides for students, faculty and staff to prevent people from walking alone at night.
Know the law
Make sure you know the law before you decide if you want to break the law. The consequences can be serious. You can spend a night ó or more ó in jail and a crime becomes part of your permanent record and could be discovered by future employers. Here are some common violations and the potential consequences:
MIP (Minor in Possession): Holding, buying or consuming alcohol when you are under 21. A violation with a $360 fine.
Open container or consumption in public: Holding or drinking alcohol in public. A crime with a $500 fine.
Prohibited noise: Making enough noise by screaming, playing loud music or creating other noise that ďannoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivities.Ē A crime with a $500 fine on the first offense.
Minor falsely representing age: Saying youíre 21 when youíre really not. A crime with a $500 fine.
Giving false information to a police officer: Providing police with a fake birthdate to make it look like youíre 21 or the wrong name or address to avoid getting in trouble. A crime with a $2,500 fine.
Furnishing alcohol to a minor: Selling or giving alcohol to someone under 21. A misdemeanor with a $6,260 fine.
Allowing alcohol consumption by minors: Allowing a minor to drink alcohol in your house or apartment. A violation with a $1,000 fine. A crime with a $1,000 fine.
Interfering with a police officer: Getting in a police officerís way or refusing to follow a police order. A misdemeanor with a $6,250 fine.
Rioting: Joining with four or more people to ďintentionally and recklessly create a grave risk of causing public alarm.Ē A felony with a $125,000 fine.
Most students live within a couple miles of campus, making it easy to walk, bike or bus. You can drive to school, but parking ó a fact of life on most campuses ó is expensive and a hassle.
Itís easy enough to walk to campus if you live in the neighborhoods immediately to the west, south and east of campus. From there, itís within a 20-minute walk to the edge of campus. Once youíre on campus, it takes about 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other.
For people who live across the Willamette River by Bautzen Stadium, itís probably too far to walk most days. Students who live in that area usually bike or bus. (More on bikes and bus below.)
Eugene is a great biking town and itís easy to get to and through campus on a bike. Bicycling.com ranked Eugene the fifth most bike friendly city in the nation. The city has a useful bike map and so does UO. Bikes rule the main street through campus, 13th Avenue, which is blocked to car traffic. UO has also installed community bike repair stations complete with tire pumps.
But beware and be safe if you ride. Bike thefts are a major problem on campus and car, bike, pedestrian confrontations are common. Be sure to register your bike with the UO police department to protect it from theft.
Biking is an easy, fast option for people who several blocks away or across the river by Autzen Stadium. You can make it to campus within 10 minutes from almost any neighborhood. The main streets around campus are well marked with bike lanes. Alder Street, which runs south from campus, has a cycle track.
You can drive to campus. But itís not the most simple option. Getting onto campus is a little tricky because thereís only a couple of streets that go through to the heart of the campus with 13th Avenue closed to cars and the Pioneer Cemetery blocking through streets.
If you do drive, you can park at city meters just west of campus along Kincaid Street and 14th Avenue. Or, you can get a permit to park on campus. Check out the campus parking map. The cost is $300 for 12 months. For all the details and permit applications, check out the UO parking page.
For UO students, it's free to ride the city bus with your student ID. Lane Transit District runs Eugeneís public bus service and has a new bus transfer station on the western edge of campus at 13th Avenue and Kincaid Street.
You can plan your trip on the LTD site. Hereís a few common bus routes that students use:
From the UO station, you can catch these bus routes:
Bus 79x provides a quick ride from campus to the apartment complexes near Autzen Stadium, including Chase Village, Ducks Village and Stadium Park.
Bus 81 goes to Lane Community College on the southeast side of town.
Bus 73 runs up into the south hills and has stops near Amazon Pool; soccer, volleyball and softball fields at Amazon Park; and shopping and restaurants in Southtowne. It also stops at the park and ride at Amazon Station.
Bus 76 runs west along 11th Avenue and into southwest Eugene. It has stops near the Lane County Fairgrounds and several ethnic restaurants.
Bus 78 runs west along 18th Avenue and provides a connection to shopping at Fred Meyer.
In addition to the UO station, students can get rides on the LTDís rapid bus service, the EmX. The EmX runs along Franklin Boulevard on the north side of campus and connects campus to downtown Eugene and Springfield. Itís the best way to quickly get to downtown shopping, concerts and restaurants; shopping at Springfieldís Gateway mall, which includes a Target; or hospital care at Sacred Heart Medical Center RiverBend
Living with friends and next door to strangers isnít always easy. Youíre likely to have some tensions or conflicts at some point. Here are some tips about how to resolve common problems with roommates or neighbors.
How to resolve conflicts
Make friends: The best way to prevent a major conflict is to first build a good relationship with roommates and friends. Offer to help out when they need,
Talk often: Find ways to share concerns as they come up and before it escalates into a larger conflict.
Be open: You may feel like someone else is to blame, but usually both sides contributed.
Be honest: It is always easier to remember the truth. Plus, itís just the right thing to do.
Find help: If you canít resolve things on your own, you can find a facilitator or mediator. Contact UO Conflict Resolution Services at 541-346-0617. Another option is the Community Mediation Services at 541-344-5366
Moving in to a new place is a big, stressful job. But itís important to slow down a little bit to make things go a little smoother.
Ask questions: Donít be afraid to ask your landlord questions. Hereís a list of common questions youíll want to get explained
Do a walkthrough: Many disputes between tenants and landlords center around damages to the apartment or house. Ask your landlord for a checklist, or create your own, to record the condition of your place. This is the best way to make sure you get your full security deposit back. Hereís an example of a checklist.
Consider a roommate contract: A lot of roommate conflicts focus on money: security deposits, rent and utilities. Hereís an example.
Change your address: Itís easy to do. Theyíll take care of forwarding mail from your old address.
Set up your utilities: This is a bigger job than you think and it takes time. You may be responsible for calling to setup service or put your name on the bill. Hereís a list of common utility providers around campus
- Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), 541-685-7000 or manage your account online
- Northwest Natural Gas, 800-422-4012
Garbage & Recycling
- Sanipac, 541-736-3600
- Countryside Disposal Service, 541-687-1259
- Lane Apex Disposal Services, 541-607-2042
- Royal Refuse Service, 541-688-5622
Internet, Telephone & Television
- Comcast, 888-824-8264
- CenturyLink, 866-642-0444
Moving out is just as busy as moving in. Hereís a few things to keep in mind:
Check your lease: Find out how much notice you need to give your landlord. Policies generally vary from 30 to 60 days.
Tell your landlord: Let them know you are moving out and do it in writing.
Call the utilities: Tell them youíre moving out and the date when you want the utilities turned off. That way you wonít be billed for days when you arenít there.
Change your address: Itís easy to do. Theyíll take care of forwarding mail from your old address.
Find boxes: You can usually ask for extra boxes at restaurants, grocery stores or retail shops.
Clean up: Itís your job as the renter to leave your place in the same condition as the day you moved in. The more clean your place, the better chance you have of getting your security deposit back. To save time, ask your landlord in advance what they expect to be done to qualify you for a full security deposit refund.
Do the easy fixes: Replace light bulbs and other basic maintenance. This too will you with the security deposit.
Ask for a walkthrough: Ask your landlord for a walkthrough so you can talk about any remaining cleaning or repairs.
Return all keys: Make sure they go back to the landlord. If not, you could be charged.
Follow-up: By state law, landlords must provide a written explanation within 31 days of what they will do with your deposit.
Be aware: If you trash your place, you may owe your landlord even more than your security deposit. They can hold you liable for repairs or cleaning if it exceeds the amount of the deposit. They can even ask a judge to force you to pay. You donít want to deal with all that. So donít trash your place.