Off-Campus Housing

Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
3,108
Tuition
$32,067
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, but I have heard good and bad about off-campus housing.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The places around are very cute, and if you get enough people together to rent a place the cost isn't too bad.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't really tried that hard to look for off campus yet so I can't be of much help

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live in Des Moines WA so it's really affordable and i live with my parents. Queen Anne is a pricey neighborhood though.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is expensive and the options are limited, but it provides a lot more freedom.

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  • 557th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kylie Kenyon
Hometown
Paso Robles, Calif.
Major
Sociology
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Students are expected to live on campus for their first two years. SPU is located in Queen Anne, where the area is mostly residential. Finding housing takes a bit of hunting, but your biggest stress will most likely be choosing who you'll live with, not where you'll live. Many students live in apartments, but the majority rents houses in the nearby neighborhoods of Queen Anne, Fremont, and Ballard. Rent is reasonable, anywhere from $370 to $600 per month plus utilities, depending on how plush you want your pad to be. Most of the houses are shabby chic, with old plumbing and ancient appliances, but that's half the charm, isn't it?

The University likes for upperclassmen or students older than 20 to leave the dorms to make room for new students, but this is not a requirement. However, moving off campus is the best option if you don't want to be dubbed one of those "creepy" juniors or seniors that still lives in the dorms. Craigslist and the classifieds on the Seattle Pacific official Web site are good resources for finding housing and/or roommates. Just beware of Craigslist unknowns; you might end up living in "The Real World: Ballard."

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
46%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
7%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,492
Best Time to Look for a Place
Anytime
Popular Areas
  • Ballard
  • Fremont
  • Interbay
  • Magnolia
  • Upper Queen Anne
Average Rents
1 BR: $600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 39 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 10% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 82% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 38 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 16% Extremely helpful.
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