Concordia University officially unveiled its new student housing in Northeast Portland Friday.
The 34-unit apartment complex is a mile from campus, but university spokesman Gary Withers says that’s part of a growing trend.
“To be a mile away is probably pushing the envelope on this trend. But I think it’s a trend that you’re going to continue to see. Particularly in Portland, where you have so many vibrant and active neighborhoods that really are draws," he said. "They’re draws for students, not just in the Portland area, but for students across the country.”
A one-bedroom apartment in the new complex is about $1,100 dollars a month, slightly more than student accommodation on campus.
But the school says living in the community among restaurants and coffee shops is worth it for some.
Metro’s transit program contributed a quarter of a million dollars. It wants to encourage higher density homes and shops along transit routes.