University Park is located in North Portland and is bordered by Cathedral Park, St. Johns, University Park and Linnton neighborhoods. University Park is a neighborhood that doesn’t dazzle with grand old houses or sculpted greenery or cafes with colorful facades and outside seating. This is a community of nice, modest houses and the students and families who reside in them, a place of straight and relatively quiet streets frequented by bicyclists who prefer a residential area to ride through rather than brave the velocity and vehicle exhaust of North Lombard Street, the busy commercial thoroughfare that serves as this neighborhood’s northern boundary.

University Park is the home of the University of Portland, the well-known private Catholic school highly regarded by its students. The presence of the school in the community accounts for the high percentage of homes rented. Astor Elementary School is nearby, in the center of the neighborhood. McKenna Park and Portsmouth Park are only a few blocks apart on North Princeton Street, perfect for a game of catch or a walk with the dog.

Several churches serve this community. Not only is there Holy Cross Church, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsPortsmouth Trinity LutheranPeninsula Church of Christ, and University Park Baptist Church as well. Someone decided they just couldn’t leave this small community to the Catholics!

University Park Features

As a result of the Portland real estate market boom and like many other Portland neighborhoods, University Park has seen an influx of new residents to the area. As one might imagine, University Park has some wonderful areas with nicely improved homes and neighborhoods and some still in transition.

University Park is home to one of the oldest schools in the area, the University of Portland.  There is a large student population and much of the area feels young and vibrant. Adidas Corporation is a large area employer as is the Swan Island industrial area.  Commuters here have many options: a quick and easy bike ride to downtown via bike lane nearly the whole way, great mass transit options via bus and the Max light rail train located on Interstate Avenue and a 10 minute drive to downtown Portland via car.

University Park – Local Parks

Portsmouth Park Playground, soccer and softball fields

McCoy Park and Community Garden Basketball courts, playground, water play feature

Northgate Park Baseball field, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, lighted tennis court and water play feature

University Park Picnic tables, playground, soccer field and softball field

McKenna Park Basketball court, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field

University Park


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University Park is the 76th most walkable neighborhood in Portland.

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Nearby parks and recreation:

Columbia Park Baseball field, playground, soccer field, softball field, lighted tennis court, volleyball court and water play feature

Trenton Park Basketball courts, playground, picnic tables

George Park Picnic area

Heron Lakes Golf Course

Portland International Raceway

Arbor Lodge Park  Dog off-leash area, horseshoe pit, paved paths, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, softball field, and lighted tennis courts.

Peninsula Park  Basketball and tennis courts, gymnasium, paved paths, gorgeous old rose garden, play structures and outdoor swimming pool.

Gammans City Park Picnic tables and playground

Farragut Park Basketball courts, soccer field, paved paths and playground

University Park Community Resources

Multnomah County Library – North Portland

University Park Day Care

Neighborhood Schools

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Religious Organizations (churches, synagogues, places of worship, private schools)

Neighborhood Public Transit – bus routes, train stops, etc.

University Park Neighborhood Association

North Portland Tool Library  “The North Portland Tool Library (NPTL) is a community resource that loans a wide variety of tools to community members free of charge. The Tool Library benefits North Portland residents by reducing the costs of maintaining and improving their homes, building community, and sustaining diverse, livable neighborhoods.”

University Park Neighborhood Vibe

Young, old, singletons and families all call this neighborhood home. There is a large student population in this neighborhood due to University of Portland. This is an active, outdoorsy area- rain or shine guarantees you will see bikers, runners and dog walkers on Willamette.

Local Stats

University Park Zip Code 97203


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University Park Real Estate

University Park is comprised of mostly modest homes with architectural styles such as Portland’s Craftsman style Bungalow, Cottages, Old Portland, Victorian, Foursquare and other mid-sized, one and two story homes.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in this Portland neighborhood, visit our Portland Real Estate Page for more information, or visit our Portland Real Estate Map to search the RMLS for neighborhood homes for sale.