For those who have visited, is a car a necessity for L&C? If I attend, it would be for the evening part time program which would mean commuting at night. I don't own a car now nor have I visited portland....do people get by without?
I don't know that the bus line out to L&C runs late enough, and if it does you will still be facing some serious wait time for connections at that time. Night students can park in the staff lot, according to the admissions lady I talked to last week.
Although Portland overall is a great place for public transit, L&C's somewhat secluded southwest location is not well-served. If you're not going to have a car, I would recommend trying to find a place to live within biking distance -- look for places in Burlingame or near SW Terwilliger. The bus to/from L&C doesn't even run after 7pm. They do have their own shuttle, but I'm not sure what the hours are.
Other close-by southwest neighborhoods: Multnomah Village, Hillsdale, John's Landing (which is near, but has a very, very steep hill between it and L&C). Garden Home isn't too much farther.
However, nightlife is better on the east side. Sellwood is a great neighborhood and a very quick commute.
Hope this was helpful.