Admitted Student Questions: Student Life


Life as a college student is unlike anything else. Besides the growth you will experience academically, you will get to know the paths you want to explore for the rest of your life. The best way to find these paths is to get involved with your university. Here are the most recent questions we’ve received around student life at Portland State University.

To save money, I am choosing to live (locally) at home. Are there memberships/associates that give me the “campus life” experience?

Many students choose to live at home (around 60%) and Portland State offers many ways to be connected to campus without living on it. There are hundreds of clubs to join, intramural sports teams, and student government that would be happy to have you. There are resource centers with study lounges where you can meet new friends. There are also many on-campus events including free noon concerts, cheering on your Vikings in the Viking Pavilion, watching a free movie at PSU’s 5th Avenue Cinema or bowling and playing pool in Smith Memorial Student Union with your friends. 

Is there any kind of robotics club or team?

Absolutely! Check out the Agile and Adaptive Robotics Lab. They have a terrific list of their latest publications and tools for you to check out.

In regards to sports, are there many nonofficial sports offered at PSU?

We sure do! Many students play intramural sports through Campus Recreation. Intramural Sports take place in the Rec Center and at Stott Field and change every term. Some offerings include Basketball, Soccer (Indoor & Outdoor), Flag Football, Volleyball, Slowpitch Softball, Cornhole, Table Tennis, & Foam Archery. All ability and skill levels are welcome. For a full list of league and tournament offerings for the academic year, visit

I'm a transfer student from MHCC coming to study accounting. What clubs are there for this area?

Here is a whole page of business clubs to get involved in while at PSU. A popular one is Beta Alpha Psi (BAP),  an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals could be a good place to start. The Financial Management Association (FMA) of Portland State University acts as a direct liaison between students and business communities. Through professional speakers, company tours, and internships, students are provided with opportunities to develop leadership, gain professional training and make employment contacts.

What is the average age of a PSU student?

The average age for an undergraduate student at Portland State University is 27.

Are there any clubs for people who want to major in marketing?

Absolutely! Check out this list of our business clubs and organizations.

Can you attend events if you don't live in campus housing?

You sure can. Your PSU student ID is your ticket to get into most events for free. Some events will charge a ticket price depending on the event.

What does student government look like, or student involvement on campus look like?

Our student government is called the Associated Students of Portland State University (ASPSU). This group of students is dedicated to advocating for and representing the interest of PSU students before internal and external bodies. Here is the layout of the ASPSU Senate and committees. 

Can incoming students run for student government positions prior to fall term?

Elections for student government are held during the spring term, but there are many other ways to get involved until elections! Here is a list of ways to participate with your student government.

Does it cost more to purchase a parking pass, or use public transportation?

We always recommend using public transportation as our downtown location can make finding parking difficult. Not to mention public transportation is better for the environment and it costs you less. But sometimes, you just need a parking pass. Here is the full list of transportation costs.

Do you get free access to streetcars and Nike bikes if you don’t live on campus?

Yes! Your Portland State ID card serves as your pass for the free use of the Streetcar and Nike’s Biketown bikes.

Do you have access to discounted Hop/TriMet passes for students?

Yes. The Student Viking Pass is a discounted pass that is available to students that are registered for three or more credits. If you meet income requirements, you may qualify for the TriMet Reduced Fare Program to get access to 50% off TriMet single-use tickets and day passes, and 72% off monthly passes. 

Can’t find an answer to your question? Reach out to one of our Admissions Counselors to schedule an appointment or get more information.