Welcome to Our Town

There’s something special about Eugene—or, actually, a lot of somethings. Where we are says a lot about who we are. Nestled in the Willamette Valley, it's an easy drive to both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains. This place feels familiar and friendly, and it's most definitely green.

This is our ecosystem. It inspires us and drives our innovation. It’s no surprise, sustainability is in our DNA. So is good coffee and fresh, local food. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel at home.

 
Top 3
city for cycling in the United States
#1
Green City in the United States for Air Quality, Recycling, Transportation, and Green Space
375K
Population of Eugene Metro Area

Students sitting together at a picnic table in the outdoors

Students on the top of Spencer Butte

Students rock climbing on Skinner Butte

Students doing yoga on the Memorial Quad in front of the Lillis Business Complex

 
 

In the Heart of the Pacific Northwest

With the outdoors at our backdoor, being active isn’t an afterthought. It’s part of our lifestyle.

We run on Pre’s Trail, roll along the river paths, and hike Spencer Butte and Mount Pisgah.

We trek through forests, climb up rocks, ski down mountains, float on rivers, and play along the beaches on the weekends.

We’re immersed in nature, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

 
 
 
48%
of oregon is covered in forest
24
peaks over 8,200 ft
115K
miles of rivers

Students walking through downtown Eugene

A fountain in downtown Eugene

Students shopping at the Eugene Saturday Market

A woman juggling hula-hoops in her yard

Someone playing a drum while others are dancing in the background

Embracing Art, Culture, and Identities

Eugene is alive with music, culture, art, and just the right amount of weird to keep things interesting. Our museums will spark your curiosity, while galleries feed your inner critic.

Festivals celebrate our identities and cultures, because our community is at its best when we affirm, respect, and support our uniqueness along with the common threads that tie us together.

Explore Arts and Culture

Students laughing while eating pizza

Voodoo Doughnuts

Entrance to the UO's Urban Farm

The menu hanging in a restaurant

A woman cutting up tomatoes on a cutting board in a greenhouse

Foodies Wanted

Rich soil, ample sunshine, and just the right amount of rain make our valley a culinary cornucopia of all things delicious and good. We love our farm-to-fork (and field-to-fermenter) experiences, enjoying locally grown food and beverages.

Despite this bounty, we recognize that some among us still go hungry, and work to combat food insecurity in our community.

Explore Local Food

Seek for Yourself

Enjoy our beautiful campus as a student ambassador leads you on one of our campus tours.

Aerial panoramic view of campus