About 30 percent of the student population lives in campus housing. The other 70 percent is what the University calls "commuter students," or students who live off campus. Many are from around the Lacey-Olympia-Tumwater metro area, so most students choose to live with their parents to save money. Students who are not from the area but choose to live off campus feel that while it is not easy to find a place to live, it's also not too difficult.
Apartments in Lacey can start at an affordable monthly price of $550 for a one-bedroom apartment; however, you pay for what you get, so do not be surprised if the quality of the place is not what you expect. For a decent apartment, $800 is average for the metro area. The school is minutes from the freeway, so if you choose to live outside of Lacey, it will take about 10 minutes minimum using the freeway. The best way to save money is to find an apartment with friends—that way you can split the cost! With the right amount of research, you are on your way to living independently.