Moving to Portland, Oregon Checklist

Moving to Portland? We’ve got you covered. We all know Portland is a little rainy, but if you’re willing to brave the weather, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views, amazing thrift stores, and some of the best beer in the world. Wherever you hail from, PDX can be your new home. Take a look at our list of tips and get settled in the City of Roses with ease.

Are you ready to move to Portland?

  • Familiarize yourself with the layout. Portland is easy to navigate when you know what you’re doing. The Willamette River divides the city between east and west, while Burnside Street delineates north and south. And don’t forget about North Portland, which is separated from the NE quadrant by Williams Avenue.

  • Know your Portland bridges. When living in a city that falls on two sides of a river, you’ll end up crossing a ton of bridges. Knowing their names and where they lead is the key to successfully navigating Portland. (Pro tip: You can’t drive across Tilikum Crossing, so please don’t try.)

  • Learn to use public transport. Portland’s transit system is often ranked among the best in the world. Between the trolley, tram, bus, and MAX light rail, there’s plenty of options for getting around town. Planning trips on TriMet is convenient, and you can take your bike with you anywhere.

  • Get the right look. Thrift stores are everywhere in Portland, and if you’re not shopping at them, you’re missing out. With sweet deals and one-of-a-kind fashion finds, they’re the key to capturing the classic PDX style. So stock up on pre-owned flannels and you’ll fit right in—and be warm enough in the winter!

  • Stock up on rain gear. As you already know, Portland gets some rain. Stay dry with a really good rain coat. Umbrellas aren’t ideal for Portland rain, since we mostly get light but relentless drizzles. But with big brands like Nike, Adidas, and Columbia Sportswear headquartered nearby, you’ll have plenty of stores to choose from.

  • Check out the local publications. Stay up to date on news and events with some of Portland’s local papers and magazines. In particular, keep your eyes peeled for the Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, and The Oregonian. They’ll keep you in the know on music, art, and fun events around town.

  • Embrace the great outdoors. Portland is close to deserts, mountains, the Coast, and the Columbia River Gorge. If you’re looking to enjoy the lush landscape of the Pacific Northwest, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Portlanders love hiking, so be prepared to explore the outdoors on weekends.

  • Plan on recycling. Garbage and recycling in Portland is strict, so you’ll need to separate the glass from the paper, as well as the compost. Portlanders take recycling seriously, so if you need help, just ask a neighbor.

  • Get ready to drink craft beverages. With a multitude of local distilleries, breweries, and cideries, we obviously take our alcohol seriously. Push yourself to try new things, and explore one of the many taprooms or distillery tasting rooms in the city. You won’t regret it!

Now that you’re ready to move to Stumptown, you’ll need to find a secure storage space to protect your stuff. We know moving is stressful, but we’re here to help. Welcome to Portland!

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