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Housing Application & FAQ’s

How to Apply for Student Housing:
In order to live in Student Housing, students must first complete ALL of the following:

1. Be full or conditionally accepted to The Art Institute of Portland
2. Complete a Student Financial Plan to include housing costs
3. Complete and return the housing application form
4. Submit a $250 Housing Deposit (cash, check, credit card, money order accepted)
*steps 3 & 4 can be completed online at https://www.applyweb.com/apply/aipd.

Housing assignments are made on a first-come, first served basis, upon receipt of the Housing Application and Housing Deposit. In the event the student leaves Student Housing prior to the end of the license agreement or withdraws their application less than 30 days prior to the start of the quarter, the security deposit shall be forfeited. Each license agreement is for 3 consecutive quarters.

Housing assignments and details about move in day are emailed 2-3 weeks before move in day.
For your convenience, You can now apply and deposit for Student Housing online by going to https://www.applyweb.com/apply/aipd.

Questions? Please call Jonathan Scrimenti, Director of Residence Life and Housing, at 503-382-4812, or email aipdhousing@aii.edu.

 

General Housing Frequently Asked Questions:

Who will be my roommate?
How much does Student Housing cost?
What about utilities?
Is there security in housing?
Is parking available?
What furnishings are provided?
How many students live in an apartment?
Can I receive accommodations for my disability in student housing?
What if I don't drive?
Are there facilities for washing and drying my clothes?
May I bring my own computer?
May I have guests in my apartment?
Where can I pick up mail?
What should I bring?
What size are the apartments?
Can housing fees be included in my financial aid package?
How do I sign up for Student Housing?
Why didn’t I get the accommodation I requested?
Which living option did you choose?
I don’t like my room assignment/roommate. Is there any way I can change rooms?
I’ve just moved in and I don’t think I like my room assignment/ roommate(s).What should I do?

Who will be my roommate?
As much as possible, roommates are assigned based on the common interests and habits as described by each student on their housing application. They are assigned on a first come basis so getting your application and deposit in as early as possible will mean better luck at identifying compatible roommates.

How much does Student Housing cost?
Student Housing Room Rates for 2014-2015
ALL license agreements are 3 quarters in length.

HOUSING PLANS RATES PER PERSON PER QUARTER

• University Pointe $2190/quarter: 4 student/2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment.

What about utilities?
Electricity, water, garbage, sewer, cable with HBO, and internet are all included.

Is there security in housing?
Yes. Art Institute apartments are located in secure communities, accessed with security tags. In addition, professional staff and student resident assistants live among students in housing and are available to assist 24 hours a day.

Is parking available?
Parking in Portland is often very difficult and we do not recommend that students bring vehicles. Monthly parking is extremely expensive and with Portland’s amazing mass transit system (see trimet.org) students can travel most anywhere in the greater Portland area.

It is possible that if Portland State University has extra spaces available that they will open up passes to the general public. Please contact their parking office for more information. Students can also arrange for parking using a private garage.

What furnishings/appliances are provided?
Each apartment has a full kitchen which includes a full size refrigerator, sink, stove, microwave, and dishwasher. Apartments come furnished with a sofa, and loveseat or oversized chair, an end table, dining table and chairs.  Each bedroom has a closet with shelves and comes with two twin beds, desk and chair, a dresser and a nightstand.

How many students live in an apartment?
Each two bedroom, two bathroom apartment houses four Art Institute students.

Can I receive accommodations for disability in student housing?
If you are a student who has a documented disability, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, you may be eligible to receive housing accommodations. You should first apply and be accepted at The Art Institute of Portland and apply for college housing. Once you have received housing confirmation, notify the disabilities services coordinator of your request for accommodations.

What if I don't drive?
Portland’s public transportation Tri-Met serves the greater Portland area with bus, streetcar and MAX service. Each Student Housing location is within walking distance of all three options. The streetcar and MAX lines are free within the free ride zone. See www.trimet.org for more information on the free ride zone and available travel routes. Discounted public transportation passes are sold in our Supply Store.

Are there facilities for washing and drying my clothes?
Yes. There are five laundry card operated laundry rooms.

May I bring my own computer?
Absolutely!

May I have guests in my apartment?
For the safety of the community, overnight guests are not permitted.

Where can I pick up mail?
Mailboxes are conveniently located on the first floor.

What should I bring?
It might be helpful if you brought a hand truck to help you with your boxes. There is limited moving equipment for move in day. Here are some suggestions for things to bring with you when you move into your Student Housing accommodation:

  • Pillows and bed linens for a twin size bed (standard size)
  • Towels and toiletries: soap, toilet paper, shampoo, etc
  • Bed risers (they lift your bed higher for more storage underneath. These are great combined with plastic drawers or tubs. They can be found at most stores like Kmart, Target, Walmart, etc)
  • Cleaning supplies: bucket, cleaner, sponge, broom, dish washing liquid, etc
  • Kitchen utensils and supplies: dishes, pots, pans, silverware, glasses, plastic wrap, etc
  • Laundry detergent for laundry machines
  • Telephone - you will need to bring your own phone if you plan to have phone access
  • Alarm clock, TV, stereo, computer
  • Small appliances: automatic coffee makers
  • Extension cords, power strip
  • Storage units: many students find crates and shelving useful
  • Shower curtain (two per apartment at University Pointe)
  • Waste basket and trash bags

Things Not To Bring
The following items are not permitted in Student Housing:

  • Pets are not permitted in student housing at any time or for any reason. This includes but is not limited to fish, lizards, etc.
  • Weapons, including decorative ones
  • Weight lifting sets are not permitted with the exception of small hand weights
  • Open flame/heat devices: hot plates, candles, BBQ grill (gas or charcoal), incense, electric and kerosene heaters
  • Musical Instruments: drums are prohibited, and amplified instruments (i.e., electric guitars are discouraged due to noise problems)
  • Large furniture: Units are furnished; do not bring additional beds, couches, etc.
  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • Drug Paraphernalia: Including but not limited to hukas (hookah), pipes, bongs, syringes (unless for medical use), etc

Can housing fees be included in my financial aid package?
The cost of Art Institute housing can possibly be included in your financial aid package. Contact your financial planner for more information.

How do I sign up for Student Housing?
In order to live in Student Housing, students must first complete ALL of the following:

1. Be full or conditionally accepted to The Art Institute of Portland
2. Complete a Student Financial Plan to include housing costs
3. Complete and return the housing application form
4. Submit a $250 Security Deposit (cash, check, credit card, money order accepted)

*steps 3 & 4 can be completed online at https://www.applyweb.com/apply/aipd.

Housing assignments are made on a first-come, first served basis upon receipt of the Housing Application and Housing Deposit. In the event the student leaves Student Housing prior to the end of the lease agreement or withdraws their application less than 30 days prior to the start of the quarter, the housing deposit shall be forfeited. Each license agreement is for 3 consecutive quarters.

Why didn’t I get the accommodation I requested?
When did you apply? We often start receiving applications and deposits two to three quarters before students begin classes. Students who apply and deposit less than 30 days before the start of classes may have several dozen students apply before them. NOTE: Housing assignments are typically sent out 1-3 weeks prior to move in day.

Which living option did you choose?
Our more “popular” living options (such as one bedroom apartments) are filled quickly with continuing students. New students who did get assigned to these locations applied very early and there was availability (based on application/deposit received first come basis) when housing assignments were made.

I don’t like my room assignment/roommate. Is there any way I can change rooms?
If you want to change your room assignment, you must contact Student Housing directly by phone or email to request the change. Note: We cannot guarantee the change will happen, and the more flexible and farther from move in day the request, the better chances we will be able to make the change happen. ALSO, each quarter we send out Occupancy forms via email. This is a great opportunity to let us know if you’d like to reassign.

I’ve just moved in and I don’t think I like my room assignment/roommate(s). What should I do?
Contact your Resident Assistant and alert them of your concerns. There is typically a two to three week hold on changing rooms after each move in day. It is normal to have concerns when you move in with strangers. Let us help you figure out what options may be available. Note: We encourage student learning through a variety of methods. Moving someone at the first sign of problems is not the first step we take in solving problems.

 

Transportation To, In and Around Portland: 
 


Airport Shuttles:
The pickup area for taxis, town cars, long-haul shuttles, hotel vans and parking lot shuttle buses is located in the center section of the airport terminal's lower roadway on the baggage claim and departure level. Airport shuttles, off-airport rental car shuttles and reserved vehicles are found in the section of the lower roadway closest to the garage. Most transportation providers serve downtown Portland, which is approximately 20-40 minutes from Portland International Airport.
 

The MAX: Portland’s light rail system:
The MAX Red Line travels from Portland Airport through Portland City Center to Beaverton. The trip to or from City Center to PDX takes approximately 40 minutes and requires an All-Zone fare. You can easily roll your luggage on board. At the airport, the MAX station and ticket machines are located near baggage claim on the lower level. 
To check for maps, arrival times, prices and general trip planning information, go to www.trimet.org.
 


Public Transportation (Bus and Streetcar Lines):

Public transportation in Portland is cheap, easy, and convenient. All Student Housing locations are near what is called Free Rail Zone, which means riding the streetcar in the general downtown area is free! It is recommended that you check a map to see which parts of downtown are free, and which areas are not. 
To check for maps, arrival times, prices and general trip planning information for the bus and streetcar line, go to www.trimet.org.
 


Zipcar:
If you do not have a vehicle with you and would like to take a trip, you can opt to use Portland’s Zipcar program. With this program, you will share access to hundreds of Zipcar vehicles, often within a five-minute walk of your location. You must sign up for this program, reserve a car online or by phone, use the vehicle and the return it for an hourly rate that covers gas, insurance, and unlimited miles. 
To learn more about the Zipcar program, go to www.Zipcar.com.
 


Rental Cars:
If you do not have a vehicle with you, and would like to take a trip, you can opt to use a rental car agency. There are several downtown locations for rental car agencies. Check individual rental agency websites for Portland locations, prices, and availability.

Questions? Please email aipdhousing@aii.edu.

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