ACSP 2016: Portland Resources for Students

This is a brief resource guide for students attending the 2016 ACSP Conference in Portland, Oregon. It will help you find where to stay, where to eat, what to do and how to get around town.    

Where to Stay

The ACSP conference is located right in the heart of downtown Portland. With much to do and see in the area, there are plenty of hotels but they’re not necessarily affordable.

Lodging Downtown

University Place Hotel | 310 SW Lincoln St., Portland OR 97201    

If you use the PSU website promo code: A1234 you can get a room for two people for $84/night      

There are fewer airbnb options directly near the conference, but the surrounding areas have many great places to stay. The inner neighborhoods of Portland are very walkable and well-connected by transit.

Please consult the TriMet transit system map to find lodging along the most direct transit routes to downtown. To save on commute times, avoid booking your airbnb beyond 40th Ave. to the East or N Rosa Parks Way to the North. See the public transportation section below for more info on transit options.

Downtown (Southwest and Northwest)

ACSP is walkable or accessible via streetcar in many areas of downtown Portland. The Pearl neighborhood above W Burnside is connected by streetcar.


The Streetcar route passes through the Inner Southeast along SE Grand Ave., and SE MLK Jr. Blvd. Major East-West streets are connected through bus lines: E Burnside (20 bus), SE Belmont St. (15 bus), SE Hawthorne Blvd. (14 bus) and SE Division St (4 bus).

North and Northeast Portland

The Lloyd District and Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhoods are connected through the Yellow and Green MAX Lines. The Boise and Overlook neighborhoods are connected through the Orange Max Line which travels along N Interstate Ave in North Portland. Many bus lines the Northeast along N. Williams / Vancouver (44 bus), NE MLK Blvd (6 bus). and NE 15th Ave (8 bus).

Eating around the Conference Hotel

There are many food options near the conference hotel. In addition to Yelp or walking around, these popular resources below will help you plan out your own food tour of some of the best local eats Portland has to offer.

Cheap Eats

The Willamette Week 2016 Cheap Eats Guide is a great source for reviews of great inexpensive food downtown and across Portland.

The Willamette Week website also has a great events calendar and a series of best of guides for bars, beer, coffee, and much more.  

Food Carts

There are three food cart pods (clusters) in Downtown Portland with a wide range of food and prices from fancy small bites to cheap street grub: bagels, coffee, burritos, sushi, banh mi, fried chicken, falafel, and all kinds of fusion foods. See Food Carts Portland for maps and info on 179 food carts in Portland.   

Things to Do

Travel Portland has a good list of cultural activities and shopping districts in downtown Portland. A huge draw is the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market on the PSU campus with about 200 stalls of produce and prepared food.


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