Homestays and Housing
Homestays: You may want to live with a family while you are studying at Clackamas Community College. If you choose a homestay, you will live with a host family, learn about their culture, participate in their everyday lives, and make life-long friends. A homestay family can help you with your language studies by giving you opportunities to speak English and experience American culture. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in a homestay program.
The following is a homestay provider in the area. This is a recommendation only. The College assumes no liability or responsibility for the services that these companies may or may not provide. There may be additional resources for you other than what is listed here. For more information, please contact the homestay company directly.
Cost of Living Information
Housing: There is no on-campus housing at Clackamas Community College. However, there are a number of apartments near the college. Information on apartments as well as roommate opportunities is available calling 1-503-594-3040 or by contacting the Office of Student Activities, firstname.lastname@example.org
The average price of an apartment in the Portland area is:
1 Bedroom: $550 or higher per month
These prices are approximate, and are subject to change.
Rental agreements are generally month-to-month; however, you may be able to get a cheaper price by signing a 6, 9, or 12 month lease. Rent is still paid once a month, but you agree to stay in the apartment for the amount of time on the lease.
Phone and Electricity
Electricity costs vary on how much you use; however, Oregon has very inexpensive electricity costs compared to the rest of the U.S. Expect to pay around $25 to $50 per month for electricity.
Another transportation option is riding a bicycle; however, Oregon receives a considerable amount of rain, and it is cold in the winter. Also, make sure to buy a strong lock for your bike so it is not stolen. The area around Clackamas Community College is relatively safe, but it is better to take this kind of precaution.
You can also buy a car, but this can be very expensive. Oregon has very strict laws concerning auto insurance. You must purchase auto insurance before operating your car, and this insurance can be quite expensive. If you want information about getting a driver's license in the U.S., and traffic laws in Oregon, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation website.
Books and Supplies
Last updated: February 18, 2013