Moving to Salem Guide

Welcome to Salem! We're excited to have you join us in Oregon's capital city.

As you make your transition to living in Salem, you will find an easy pace of life and a relatively low cost of living. Here you can focus your energies on law school and benefit from a relaxed and uncomplicated life outside of the classroom.

The character of our city is an exciting blend of influences. Salem is Oregon’s capital city and has the state’s third-largest population. Yet within a matter of 20 minutes, you can go from the downtown shopping area to rolling acres of vineyards west of the Willamette River. Salem is also about an hour’s drive from the Cascade Mountains, the Oregon Coast and the city of Portland.


About this Guide


While we are sure that you will quickly find yourself at home in both Salem as well as at Willamette Law, this guide is designed to help you along the way. The goal is to help you get settled in a new place to live, as well as to show you activities and resources within the Salem Community.

When moving to a new place, it can be challenging to decide where to live. Finding Your New Home is an excellent source of information to find housing on or near campus and other resources that will help you find your new place to live. The Cherry City has a lot to explore; therefore, there is a little something to offer for everybody! Learn about the exciting opportunities in Salem by perusing our list of Local Dining & Activities.

To wrap it all up, we have provided in this guide some Additional Useful Information, to ensure that you feel confident in your move to Salem. Should you encounter any further questions, feel free to contact us.