A Guide to Eugene Apartments and Neighborhoods
Becoming familiar with the different neighborhoods where a lot of Eugene apartments are will help to determine which neighborhood will be the best fit for you, along with knowing how far your commute to the University of Oregon campus will be. We have put together a list of neighborhoods that surround the University of Oregon. Each of these neighborhoods are within walking distance to campus, or just a short bike, car, or bus ride away.
The area that surrounds the University of Oregon campus is appropriately named, University. Split into two major sections, called West University and South University, this area is where the majority of all students live in Eugene apartments. Within this district, you’ll find most of the businesses are directed towards college student offering cheap restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and bookstores.
As the name suggests, West University is west of the University of Oregon campus towards the center of the city. This artsy area has a huge student-dominated population that has tons of bars, venues, and music/specialty shops.
Just south of the University of Oregon campus is South University. Residents of South University are more of the outdoorsy side and is neighborhood is home to 80-acre Hendricks Park (also spans over Fairmount) and Rhododendron Garden. Commuting to class is easy and downtown is just two miles away, just a quick bus ride and you’re there in no time!
Bordering the West University neighborhood is Eugene’s Downtown area. Said to be Eugene’s trendiest area, Downtown has a great contrast of urban meets rural. The area is very walkable and strolling around you’ll come across both new and old restaurants, boutique shops, grocery stores, and a whole lot more, all within a mile radius.
The Whiteaker District (around 4th and Blair) is known for accommodating a more “hippy” lifestyle. Where there is more bicycle traffic versus cars, tree-lined streets, live music, funky shops, and popular Ninkasi Brewery.
One of Eugene’s popular commercial areas is The 5th Street Market where you’ll also find several shops and eateries. The Corner of Broadway and Olive street is commonly known as the “Barmuda Triangle.” This section of downtown has eight bars all in a row to check out on a Friday night!
East of University and Amazon, you’ll find the Fairmount neighborhood. Fairmount residents are very diverse in age but being a close distance to the U of O campus, there is still a good of an amount of students population, as well as families. Residents can easily walk to the area restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. A lot of the housing in this area is made up of older homes with sidewalk paved streets where you can catch joggers, dog-walkers, and families out for a walk anytime of the day.
Fairmount has four city parks: Hendricks, Mission, Fairmount, and Washburne, that residents can leisurely enjoy or utilize for recreation. Eugene is often referred to as “Track Town” and since Fairmount is near the University of Oregon residents will catch the track team running around for practice. Each year, Eugene’s marathon is held in Fairmount as the runners cross through the parks and Willamette River.
Just south of Downtown is the Jefferson Westside neighborhood. Jefferson Westside is known for being a hopping point from West Eugene to the Friendly area while also being close to Whiteaker. In other words, wherever you want to go in Eugene, you can easily get there from Jefferson Westside! This downtown neighborhood is rated as one of Eugene’s highest populated area and is the citys third most “walkable” district. Said to be a “biker’s paradise” streets are lined with riders and there is a bike path that runs east/west through town. Jefferson Westside is also home to the fairgrounds, Lane Events Center, where you can attend several events year round. One of the bigger parks in this area is Monroe Park, here there are playgrounds, basketball courts, and an outdoor performance stage you can catch concerts at.
Just south of the Jefferson Westside is the Friendly neighborhood. Originally, the name came from an old 19th-century mayor, but many years later, the neighborhood has been getting a reputation for being, well, friendly. Caring for your neighbor and community is important to residents of Friendly. Walking down the streets you’ll come across small, locally owned businesses like cozy cafes and corner shops where the owner knows you by name. The Friendly Street Market has grown to be a go-to spot for residents where you can shop for fresh organic produce, wine from local vineyards, and natural healing remedies. Current residents fully support the use of the LTD bus system for carbon footprint reduction and have also started a community garden. With an emphasis on a simple, carefree lifestyle, residents can also enjoy one of the several area parks like Madison Meadow, Washington, or Friendly Park.
Just east of Friendly and bordering South University is the Amazon neighborhood of Eugene. Amazon may have a higher population of families, but it’s great for outdoorsy individuals and isn’t a far commute to campus. If you’re wanting to be close to forests, nature, and trails, Amazon is the place for you! This neighborhood is surrounded by the Amazon headwaters that pour from the southern hills before going into the Willamette River. Eugene has a series of large, semi-connected parklands that group together by nature trails called the Ridgeline. In Amazon, the Ridgeline trails bring hikers and bikers down winding trails where some lead to the Amazon Creek.
Living in Amazon, you’ll have quick access to the highway, the Amazon community center, Amazon pool to cool off, dog park, and several restaurants. Some residents have said they like about the area is the “walkability” and “community” feel you get.
To recap, here are some helpful tips/reminders:
- All housing in each neighborhood surrounding the University of Oregon campus is within 4 miles
- Most students living off-campus choose to live in West or South University
- Housing in different areas, besides University, may require a car or bus transportation
- Make sure your new place is easily accessible to shopping and grocery stores for running errands
- Use Google Maps to determine the distance of a property you are considering to the Pittsburgh campus