Students at Lewis & Clark are required to live on campus the first two years, unless they’re already a resident in Portland. By junior year, they’re free to live off campus, and it’s a pretty popular choice. Some students choose to live in the on-campus apartments, but many decide against it because living off campus in a house with three other people is a lot cheaper. Some students prefer being on campus and being close to classes and such; however, there are a lot of people who view the slightly longer trek to campus as completely worth it for the freedom.
Most students living off campus can catch the Pioneer Express to get to classes, instead of owning a car. In the end, it actually is quite a bit cheaper to live off campus than in the dorms. A lot of students anxiously await the day when they can move, especially after they do the math and figure out how much they could be saving.