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How to Make Portland Student Housing Feel Like Home

The Portland, Oregon skyline in autumn

The thought of moving away to college is both exciting and nerve-racking. You are becoming an adult and choosing to live in a diverse city with unique local eateries and food trucks all over the place. You and your parents are ecstatic just thinking about your next chapter in life.

Once you get settled in your dorm or student housing complex, the decor possibilities are endless. Sure, the walls and carpet may look boring now, but you have a blank canvas to customize your living space to your liking. Express Furniture Rental offers furniture rentals in Portland, and today, we are sharing ways you can make your college housing feel more comfortable.

Get Entertainment Squared Away

An entertainment center is a must for any college apartment. Before school starts, ensure you have enough working plugs for your television, gaming systems, and other entertainment necessities. You will soon realize how nice it is to have a place to sit and enjoy your favorite show or movie at the end of a long school day.

Personalize the Decor

Homesickness is very real, especially during the first year, and having a bedroom that makes you feel at home can ease that feeling. It doesn’t have to look like your old bedroom; figure out the styles and decor that the college version of you likes best. Our Portland furniture rental team members are here to help.

Feed Your Hobbies

Focusing on schoolwork is important, but you should also have fun with your friends whenever possible. Here are some places to visit in Portland:

In the Hawthorne District, the Bagdad Theater is a movie palace and pub, one of the best hang-out spots in Portland.

The DIY Bar at the corner of Vancouver Ave and Fremont Street is a trendy place to make do-it-yourself crafts on a date or with a group of friends.

If you need exhilarating live entertainment, head to Escape Games PDX on the corner of NW Nicolai Street and NW 26th Avenue.

Glowing Greens PDX features a blacklight mini golf course, ax throwing, and a real-life escape game all in one place. This attraction is one block south of the Pioneer Square MAX station off SW Taylor Street.

Get your heart racing at the Portland International Raceway. They have drag, sports cars, motocross, motorcycle, IndyCar races, and more. Located west of I-5 off Exit 306B, the PIR is a great place to take your mind off things.

Visit Salt and Straw and treat yourself to an ice cream cone after a study session. There are three locations in Portland, one on NW 23rd Street, SE Division Street, and NE Alberta Street.

Rent Comfortable Furniture

If your dorm or college apartment lacks comfortable furniture, you can come to us for furniture rentals in Portland. When you rent furniture from us, we will bring and remove all of the furnishings ourselves. Seriously, you won’t have to lift a finger. We have everything from floor lamps to dining tables in our student package, making it easy for you to set up your new home away from home.


There’s a reason the phrase “Keep Portland Weird” is a thing; we embrace everyone as they are. Portland is one of the top cities on the west coast. If you’re moving to Portland for college, contact Express Furniture Rental for all of your home decor or furniture rental needs. We are more than happy to make your dorm or off-campus student housing become a comfortable and relaxing place to live.

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