3 people, on what part of town? North/East Portland is definitely more ghetto than West/South. Though, East is the closest route to Hood, since you have to take Highway 26 through Gresham to Sandy, out to Welches. South you gotta take 212 from the I-205, and its a bit of a detour. I'm in NE Portland, because I wanted to be somewhat close to getting to the mountain. NE Alberta isn't bad area, and Hollywood district is pretty cool too. SW and NW Portland are where it's really nice, the place I'd reccomend for my parents if they wanted to move here, etc. Portland State is in downtown Portland, close to SW and NW technically. Don't live in Beaverton or Hillsboro, way too out of the loop for me personally. Tigard/Tualatin isn't bad I guess.
3 people for rent you're looking at around 1200 a month for a nicer place, no big deal. Can get apartments for 900/month, though a bit more ghetto. You can get a restaurant job somewhere and make pretty good money. I work around 5 days a week and make around 2200 a month, rent for me is 400, so I've got extra coin.
The bar scene is huge here, beer is king. You won't find another city that can beat Portland on that respect. Furthermore, there's a ton of great food here.
Skiing isn't that far away, and the drive is super melow, almost no mountain driving at all.
I moved here recently from OC, California and love it. There's plenty of women and its not as liberal as the rest of the country makes it out to be. Yeah, its definitely not my mindset of Republican, but whatever.