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."