akjones wrote:Hey guys, so it's official. I'm going to be joining the 2012 class at the University of Oregon. Sent in my 2nd deposit. I'm from Montana and am completely unfamiliar with the Eugene area I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what area of town is good to look for a house/apartment in (or what areas to avoid). I'm going to be moving there the middle of July so that my SO and I can try to find a place and jobs. If anyone has any input I would really appreciate it! Thanks!
Congrats! I'm excited you'll be joining us this fall. Would you prefer to live on-campus or off-campus? Many of the apartments on-campus are already full, but I would check out von Klein Property Management
, Jennings & Co. (LinkRemoved), and Bell Real Estate (LinkRemoved) for listings. Any of the campus area apartments would be fine, though the units are typically pretty old, so dishwashers and other conveniences may not be included. The east side of campus will serve you better than the west side, simply because you'll be closer to the law school. Personally, I avoided streets like Ferry, Patterson, Hilyard, and Alder because I didn't want to have to walk a mile to school in the morning when it's raining. High St. is even further out, though Bell has a lot of listings there. Good bets are close-in 18th, 19th, Onyx, Villard, Garden, Harris, and Emerald, which will all be closer to the law school than the streets previously mentioned.
If you're looking for a place off-campus, South Eugene is great, and I'm a big fan of the area around the mall (Goodpasture Loop, Country Club Road). Willakenzie is also a good area, as is Coburg. Each of these places would require you to drive to campus, so plan to come early in the morning to get parking behind the law school. You should also consider buying a parking permit in advance through the school; street parking is incredibly difficult to find. You'll find info at the Department of Public Safety website
. You can also purchase a permit through Diamond Parking Services
, which provides parking close to campus (though it may not be close enough to the law school; I haven't checked it out much).
As far as areas to avoid... I wouldn't live in Springfield for many reasons, including safety. I also wouldn't live in certain parts of downtown (streets like Blair, Monroe, Madison, Washington, and Van Buren are examples, as are 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th). Pearl and Broadway should be fine if you want to live downtown. I would also avoid W. 11th and the Beltline area, simply because they're very far from campus.
I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, let me know--I went to UO for 3 years of undergrad, and have family living there now, so I'm extremely familiar with the area. You may also want to check out the UO Class of 2012 forum