Finding Your New Home

Welcome to Salem, we're so glad you're here!

Salem is divided by geographic designations. State Street divides Salem into north and south. The Willamette River divides the city into east and west. While students live throughout Salem, many choose to live in central Salem (the area surrounding Willamette University, the Capitol and downtown area) and South Salem. Other popular housing locations for students include Keizer, which adjoins Salem to the north, and West Salem, the are of Salem west of the Willamette River. Few graduate students live east of Interstate 5.

Some students commute from Portland and its suburbs including Tigard, Tualatin and Lake Oswego, which are located about 45 minutes north of Salem. Other students call the suburbs of Wilsonville and Charbonneau home, which are only approximately 30 minutes away from campus. Rental prices in these suburb communities are comparable to the higher rents of Portland, but are ideal for those with partners or spouses who work in Portland. The commute south from these locations is pleasant as traffic is generally light on the Interstate 5 straightaway.

  1. On Campus Housing
  2. Off Campus Housing
  3. More Resources for Finding Off Campus Housing
  4. Utility Providers in Salem
  5. Homestays for International Students

1. On Campus Housing

The majority of graduate students secure housing in the Salem community; however, a very limited number of apartments are available on campus in the University Apartments. The University Apartments are located one block from the College of Law. Leases are available in June. Click here to learn more about Willamette's Graduate Housing.  If interested, contact Residence Life and Housing at (503) 370-6212 or housing@willamette.edu to be put on the mailing list. Graduate student assignments are made on the basis of space availability with preference going to returning students. Assignments are confirmed in mid-July. Click here to visit the Housing Office site for more information.

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2. Off Campus Housing

Salem has a varied selection of rental housing, some very close to campus and others within a 15–20 minute drive. You are advised to make your housing arrangements in June or July to avoid a last-minute rush.

Salem Area Apartments

The following is a partial list of rental apartments in the Salem area. We offer this list as a public service to incoming students. While Willamette students have rented many of the apartments below, Willamette University makes no specific recommendation or endorsement of any of the facilities listed.

The list below includes information about cost, distance from campus and other attributes of area apartment complexes. Distances to school are reasonably accurate, as are rents and deposits, but all information is subject to change. 

Many of these apartments are listed in the apartment search websites such as Zillow, ApartmentList, Padmapper, Apartments, and Craigslist.

Battlecreek Lodges
(503) 399-9642
1690 Madras St SE

Rent: $950-$999 - 1 BR | $1,050-$1,100 - 2BR
Deposit: $500 up to one month's rent (refundable); $45 application fee; $300 deposit/pet; $25 rent/pet; max 2 pets
Features: Pool, tennis, laundry facilities, dishwasher, garbage disposal, gas fireplace, off-street parking, private patio or balcony.
Distance to school: 5 miles

Battlecreek South Apartments
(503) 585-0218
5952 Park Ct SE

Rent: 1 BR $900; 2 BR $1000
Deposit: $500 on approved credit deposit; $42 application fee/adult; $300 deposit/pet; $20 rent/pet; max 2 pets 
Features: Laundry facilities, pool, picnic tables, barbeque area, assigned parking, on site maintenance, and dog park for all units. 2 BR comes with dishwasher included.
Distance to school: 4 miles

Colonial Apartments
(503) 585-4207
1250 Wallace Rd NW

Rent: $825- 1 BR | $925 2 BR + 1 BA
Deposit: $900 deposit (refundable); $45 application fee/adult; $500 deposit for first pet; $100 deposit for additional pet
Features: Convenient location, on-site laundry, assigned parking
Distance to school: 2.8 miles

Eola Heights Apartments
(503) 365-0339
3045 Gehlar Rd NW

Rent: $1,069 - 1 BR + W/S/G | $ 1,295- 2 BR + W/S/G | $1,695 - 3 BR + W/S/G
Deposit: Equal to one month's rent
Features: Laundry (W/D), high speed internet, garages + plenty of parking, renter pays utilities including garbage, all units come with appliances
Distance to school: 4 miles

The Forum
(503) 371-1412
350 13th St NE

Rent: $1,050 - 1 BR | $1,150 - 2BR | $1,200 - 2 BR + 1.5 BA
Deposits: $700 deposit (depends on credit); $35 application fee/adult
Features: Gated community, fireplace, private patio, loves WU students
Distance to school: .5 miles

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Francis Building
(503) 364-1641
555 Winter St

Rent: $875 - Studio | $950 - 1 BR
Deposits: $650-1145 deposit; $40 application fee/adult; $500 pet (cat/only); $25 rent/cat

Features: Historical building

Distance to school: 1/2 mile

Grand Oak Apartments
(503) 588-2841
4078 Liberty Rd S

Rent: $875-$999- 1 BR | $999-$1,099 - 2 BR
Deposit: $500 deposit; $50 application fee/adult; $500 deposit/pet; 25 lb max
Features: W/D hookup, spacious rooms, cable ready, 1 parking spot included
Distance to school: 4 miles

Lee Apartments
(503) 364-1641
585 Winter St NE

Rent: $875 - Studio | $950 - 1 BR | $1,150 - 2 BR
Deposit: $650-1145 deposit; $40 application fee/adult; $500 pet (cat/only); $25 rent/cat
Features: Secured building, roof-top patio
Distance to school: 1/2 mile

Madras Apartments
(503) 362-8965
1701 Madras St SE

Rent: $875-$925 - 2 BR + 1 BA
Deposit: $500-800 deposit; no application fee
Features: Laundry facilities available, no pets, play area, next to I-5, air conditioned units available
Distance to school: 6 miles

McNary Heights Apartments
(503) 463-5746
892 Foothill Ct NE

Rent: $1,195 - 1 BR + 1 BA (+ $45 W/S/G) | $1,295 - 2 BR + 1 BA (+ $50 W/S/G) | $1,495 2 BR + 2 BA (+ $55 W/S/G) | $1650 - 3 BR + 2 BA (+ $60 W/S/G)
Deposit: One month's rent, $50 application fee/adult; $350 deposit/pet; $25 rent/pet; max 2 pets
Features: 24-hour fitness center, seasonal pool, washer/dryer installed in every apartment, assigned covered parking, attached storage, section 8 approved, complimentary coffee bar on site, built in microwaves in all units, free wifi at clubhouse
Distance to school: 10.5 miles

North Park
(503) 393-3666
4356 25th Ave NE

Rent: $965- 1 BR | $1,075- 2 BR Flat | $1,165- 2 BR +1 BA Townhouse | $1,205 - 2 BR + 2 BA | $1,295- 2 BR + 1.5 BA Townhouse | $1,350- 3 BR + 1 BA Townhouse | $ 1,395- 3 BR + 1.5 BA
Deposit: Heated swimming pool, recreation rooms, basketball court, playground, washer/dryer hookups in 2 BR (stackable W/D only), laundry facilities, some storage.  
Distance to school: 4 miles

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Northwood Apartments
(503) 393-3080
600 Lockhaven Dr NE, Keizer

Rent: $1,175-$1,250 - 2 BR + 1 BA (+ W/S/G)
Deposit: One month's rent security deposit (conditionally refundable); $50 application fee/adult; $300 deposit/pet; $20 rent/pet; 2 pet limit
Features: Half apartments have washer/dryer hookup and half have washer/dryer installed/fitness center/decks available on some unit, non-smoking facility. (Pet restrictions apply, and dogs must be under 35, no "aggressive breeds" lbs.)
Distance to school: 5 miles

Park View Apartments
(503) 581-5386
1324 Wallace Rd NW
Contact: Jeff Gibson

Rent: $1,090-$1,150 2 BR + 1 BA
Deposit: One month's rent security deposit on approved credit (refundable); $40 application fee/adult; $350 security deposit/pet; $25 rent/pet/month; pets must be at least 1 years age and must be less than 25 lbs (breed restrictions apply); renter's insurance required, utilities paid by leasee.
Features: All units have W/D, one assigned parking for free, additional parking is $20, $15 / month / bike for bike storage.
Distance to school: 2 miles

Willamette View

(503) 378-1265
2332 Crestview Dr

Rent: $1025 - 1 BR + 1BA | $1150 - 2 BR + 1 BA
Deposit: $500-750 deposit; $45 application fee/adult; $350-$450 pet deposit; $15 rent/pet; max 2 pets, must be under 25 lbs.
Features: Laundry facilities, party room, outdoor pool, saunas, patios, assigned parking
Distance to school: 2 miles

Rolling Hills Townhouses
(503) 399-9730
190 Boone RD SE 97306

Rent: $1075 - 2 BR | 3 BR Townhouses $1,275
Deposit: $1,500 deposit (refundable); $50 application fee/adult; $500 deposit/cat; max 2 cats
Features: Pool, onsite laundry, W/D hookups, non-smoking facility
Distance to school: 5 miles

Southvista Apartments
(503) 375-9385
435 Vista Ave SE

Rent: $1,225-1,285 - 2 BR + 2 BA
Deposit: One month's rent; $350 deposit/pet; 25lb max, must be 12+ months old.
Features: W/D included, garbage disposal, patio, deck, storage
Distance to school: 2.5 miles

TOR Properties
(503) 689-2700
1531 Mill St SE

Rent: $995 - 2 BR + 2 BA; other apartments available
Deposit: One month's rent
Features: Newly remodeled, private patio, on-site parking, fireplace, W/D in facility. Pets allowed on a case by case basis.
Distance to school: 3 blocks

Wallace Park Apartments
(503) 588-2996
540 Wallace Rd NW

Rent: $1050 - 2 BR + 1 BA | $1100 - 2 BR + 2 BA | $1200 - 3 BR + 2 BA
Deposit: $700-900 deposit (depending on unit), application fee $52
Features: Washer/dryer hookups, one laundry room, fitness center. Cats and small dogs $400 pet deposit per pet (under 20 lbs)
Distance to school: 1.7 miles

Willamette Estates
503-581-5400
3900 Santiam Pass Way NE

Rent: $895-$1,040 - Studio | $1019-$1,257 - 1 BR | $1219-$1,545 - 2 BR | $1,695 3 BR
Deposit: $550 to 2x the rent (maximum); application fee $50 per adult; $35-100 parking (covered or garage); $500 pet deposit; $35 pet rent/month; 2 pets max; 40 lbs max.
Features: Washer/dryer, gas fireplace, private patio/balcony, accommodations for disabilities, reserved parking, pool, fitness center, hot tub, sauna, racquetball court, W/S/G paid by lessee.
Distance to school: 4.3 miles

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Willamette Park Apartments
(503) 364-9100
825 Harritt Dr NW

Rent: $1330-1460 - 2 BR | $1710 - 3 BR
Deposit: $500 minimum deposit (refundable); $42 applicant fee/adult; $250 deposit/pet; $35 rent per pet/month; max 2 pets, breed restrictions apply
Features: Balcony, cable/satellite ready, dishwasher, disposal, patio, washer/dryer in unit, clubhouse, 24-hour fitness center, playground, on bus line, reserved parking, onsite management and maintenance for emergencies.
Distance to school: 2.5 miles

Willamette Terrace
(503) 362-7872
357 Owens St S

Rent: $925 - 1 BR + 1 BA | $1,025 2 BR + 1 BA | $1,275 - 3 BR
Deposit: $250-450 refundable deposit; $30 application fee/adult; couples application fee is $35; $350-450 deposit/pet.
Features: Laundry facilities, pool, off-street parking, W/S/G paid
Distance to school: <1 mile

Acero Apartments
503-400-7899
1948 Linwood St NW

Rent: $1,325-$1,855 - 1 BR | $1,530-$2,340 - 2 BR
Deposit: $500 deposit; $50 application fee; $25 pet rent per pet/month; $250 pet deposit; 2 pet limit (weight limit 100lbs - dog; 50 lbs - cat)
Features: Fitness center, spa, laundry facilities, parking, W/D, dishwasher, dog park, appliances included
Distance to school: 2.3 miles

*Not an exhaustive list, details are limited based on deemed significance, this page is intended to be a starting location to begin your housing search, prices and availability may vary depending on property/market

Other Apartments:

South Block, Woodside Estates, Willamette Landing, Rose Park Apartments, Lockhaven Hill Estates, Keizer Terrace, Gateway Village Apartments, Fairmount Park, and others. This list is not exhaustive and can be supplemented with other companies and sites.

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3. More Resources for Finding Off Campus Housing

Property Management Companies

Contacting property management companies that manage rentals is another good way to locate rentals. Here is a partial list. Some charge a fee for their listings.

Eldred Realty
P.O. Box 7173
Salem, OR 97303

(503) 581-3434

eldredrealty@gmail.com

(Mainly single family homes, duplex, and triplex units. No apartments.)

Shelter Management
3625 River Road N, Suite 125
Keizer, OR 97303
(503) 585-6176

Ned Baker Real Estate Inc
2339 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 364-6797 or 1-877-893-6797

Norris & Stevens Realtors Inc
900 SW 5th Avenue (17th Floor)
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 223-3171

(30+ properties here in the Salem area)

*Please note that while the newspapers post many rental listings on Sundays, the property management companies that manage many of these rentals are only open Monday through Friday.

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Newspaper

The Statesman Journal is Salem’s daily newspaper. The Sunday edition features the greatest number of rental announcements. Houses, apartments, townhouses and duplexes are listed by category and by geographic area.

The Oregonian is Portland’s daily newspaper. It includes rental announcement for Portland and the city’s suburban areas. It includes a very limited list of Salem rentals.

Campus Bulletin Boards

A few rental announcements are posted on the bulletin boards located in the lower level of the College of Law near the locker area. Willamette community members are also encouraged to use Switchboard, which, in essence, is Craigslist just for the Willamette community.

Looking for a Roommate

If you are interested in sharing an apartment or house, email our Admissions Office at law-admissions@willamette.edu and we will do our best to put you in contact with other interested students.

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4. Utility Providers in Salem

The following is a partial list of the various utility providers in the Salem area. If you are renting an apartment check with your landlord or apartment management company before contacting these utility providers as some of these services are provided by apartment owners. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, and Willamette University makes no specific endorsement of these providers.

Electricity

Portland General Electric
(503) 228-6322 or (800) 542-8818

Natural Gas

Northwest Natural
(800) 422-4012

Telephone, Cable, & Internet Service

Both Comcast and CenturyLink provide phone and internet service to the Salem area. There are also numerous other internet service providers throughout the Willamette Valley, however these are the main two providers. InMyArea.com also offers a service for finding off-campus utilities.

Comcast Xfinity
1-800-xfinity (1-800-934-6489)
CenturyLink
(800) 244-1111


5. Homestays for International Students

International students may be interested in seeking a cultural and language immersion experience. Willamette University partners with 2 local homestay providers that match students with host families in the Salem area. Both ANDEO and American Homestay Network screen and interview their host families, ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for students.

ANDEO

ANDEO is a Portland-based nonprofit organization that offers homestays for international students attending colleges and universities in Oregon. A homestay can be a great learning experience for international students who wish to immerse themselves in American culture and the English language as part of a local family. All ANDEO homestays include a private bedroom, all meals, high-speed internet access, and access to public transportation. Please visit ANDEO.org or call (503) 274-1776for more information.

American Homestay Network 

American Homestay Network (AHN) is an international organization that matches students with host families, including in the Salem area. Please visit HomestayNetwork.com for more information.

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When to Look for Housing?

Oregon law requires tenants to give a three-week notice of intention to vacate. The availability of rentals generally increases toward the end of the month. 

Willamette Law recommends incoming students move to the area by the beginning of August.

Bearcat Advantage

In Salem, many apartment owners like to rent to Willamette graduate students. Though not guaranteed, you may want to mention your connection to Willamette.

Other helpful sources

Learn more about Salem and Oregon with Travel Salem and Travel Oregon.

Temporary Accommodations

Need temporary accommodations? While the university does not provide temporary housing, there are a number of motels and hotels in the area.

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Willamette University

College of Law

Address
Office of Admissions
245 Winter Street SE
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Phone
(503) 370-6282

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