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Life in Eugene

Eugene has a metropolitan population of about 190,000 and is located 110 miles south of Portland. The cost of living is modest. The Pacific Ocean is about 60 miles to the west and the Cascade Mountains are about 60 miles to the east. Eugene’s temperate climate has pleasantly warm, sunny summers and mild but wet winters, with lots of snow in the mountains but seldom in Eugene itself.

It is an ideal place for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, skiing (cross-country or downhill), fishing, white-water rafting and rock-climbing. Indoor athletics can be enjoyed in the UO’s brand new Student Recreation and Fitness Center. As a member of the PAC-12, UO offers many events for those enjoy spectator sports.

The UO School of Music, University Theater, and Cultural Forum present performances, films, and lectures on campus. Eugene affords the cultural benefits of a large city with the friendly feel of a small town through its many excellent bookstores, craft breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, and concert venues. Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts offers nationally known talent ranging from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to rock bands, and regular seasons of theater, opera and ballet.

Here are some pictures of our campus:

Here are some links and some pictures to maps and other sites about recreation in and around Eugene: