University of Portland Bulletin 2015-2016

Residence Life

Christopher Haug, M.A., director

The Office of Residence Life is committed to creating supportive Christian living and learning environments where an education of the heart and hands is as important as the education of the head. We are committed to formation of Christian community in the spirit of the Congregation of Holy Cross. We are also committed to the formation of individuals through caring relationships and interactions between staff, faculty, and students. Our students are called by this mission to involve themselves in faith, service, and leadership experiences for a continuous education of the mind, heart, and hands.

Through their experience in the halls, students learn what it means to love thy neighbor while also caring for one’s self. Student and professional leadership provide residents with a safe, healthy environment enriched with opportunities to develop spiritually, ethically, and socially.

The residential community consists of nine buildings with a choice of single gender and co-ed. Each hall mixes freshman through senior students together, except for Haggerty and Tyson halls, which house only juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Every community has a chapel and weekly Mass. Other communal amenities and programs include lounges, recreation rooms, storage, and laundry rooms. Community assistants serve at residence hall front desks, providing hospitality, distributing packages, and checking out cooking and recreation equipment to residents and their guests.  Community assistant hours are set by each individual hall.

Leadership in the hall includes a professional hall director and assistant hall director, a resident assistant (junior and senior students), and one or more pastoral residents, usually Holy Cross priests, who work to build the hall’s faith community.

Student and professional leaders combine to offer a diverse experience out of the classroom that supports the overall teaching, faith, and service mission of the University.

The Office of Residence Life assists the Office of Physical Plant in the assignment of student tenants to the more than 40 university-owned rental properties. All houses and apartments are located in the immediate neighborhood of the University. The Office of Physical Plant manages the properties, including maintenance concerns as well as coordinating leases and deposits.  For more information, please e-mail

The Office of Residence Life is located in Tyson Hall 123 and can be reached at (503) 943-7205. The residence life website is