Unique Eugene

Founded by Eugene Skinner, a pioneer and explorer of the 1860s, the City of Eugene is a vibrant, progressive community that embraces its connection to the University of Oregon. Eugene has frequently been recognized as a great place to live: 

  • Livability.com called Eugene one of its Top 10 college towns.
  • National Geographic’s "Green Guide" named Eugene the number one green city in the U.S. for air quality, recycling, transportation, and green space.
  • Bicycling magazine called Eugene  one of the ten most bicycle-friendly cities in the nation.
  • Rolling Stone included Eugene in its list of "America’s Top 10 Campus Music Scenes That Rock."
  • Money magazine has ranked Eugene among the best six U.S. cities in which to live.
Your new home is ready to welcome you. Just pronounce it “you-GENE” and not “YOU-gene,” and you’ll fit right in.

Green and Other Local Colors 

Eugene is a safe, friendly, and exciting city with a small town feel. You’ll find shops to explore, a thriving local art scene, theaters, and several music venues. It’s all part of an accessible metropolitan area of just over 340,000. Here you’ll find a community that values innovation, diversity, and artistry and encourages residents to follow their own path. That philosophy could mean making sustainable choices like taking a bike path instead of driving, enjoying a wealth of cuisines from Thai and Moroccan to pizza and burgers, enjoying the crafts of the nation’s oldest weekly open-air market, or hiking the breathtaking forested trails right in town.

Go Outside and Play 

The UO is located in a vast outdoor recreation area. Within one hour of Eugene, you’ll find the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, which offer activities like surfing, skiing, snowboarding, river rafting, hiking, and rock climbing. Eugene’s weather is temperate, around 53 degrees (12 degrees Celsius) during the mild winters, with long spring and autumn seasons and sunny, dry summers. In winter, the hills around Eugene are dusted with snow. Eugene’s total annual average rainfall is 46 inches, one inch less than New York City’s. And while there's no denying the gray winter months can be pretty wet, that just keeps the 3,000 trees of the campus arboretum green and lush.

Getting Here and Getting Around

As a UO student, you can use Lane Transit District's extensive local bus system for free, including the hybrid Emerald Express line. The Eugene Airport serves the area with domestic flights to cities in the Northwest, California, and Midwestern states, connecting you to international and east coast flights. Travel options such as Amtrak trains, Greyhound buses, and rental cars allow you to explore the amazing sights of the entire western United States. 

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