We’re here to serve students

At College Housing Northwest (CHNW) that mission drives every decision we make and every project we pursue. As a not-for-profit organization, we provide housing and services for post-secondary students in the downtown Portland and Corvallis areas.

What we really do is provide convenient, subsidized student housing at below-market rental rates. Our properties are clean and comfortable, with controlled key fob access and a wide range of support services – from free campus shuttles to counseling referrals to financial guidance. All our buildings have on-site resident ambassadors and council representatives, plus student-directed activities, events, forums, services and resources.

At CHNW, we offer more than just a safe and affordable place to live; we create dynamic living and learning environments that help students to achieve their goals – whether that means academic brilliance or personal growth (or a combination of the two). Our staff members are also engaged in a process of professional achievement, personal empowerment and daily student support.

Our roots run deep

Created by students, for students, CHNW grew out of a 1969 urban studies class at Portland State University, which was examining the need for student housing near the University’s downtown campus. At that time, the Oregon Legislature considered PSU to be a commuter campus, so the enabling legislation didn’t allow for student housing. Students from the urban studies class, however, saw a chance to fill the significant student housing gap.