Off-Campus Housing

Seattle, WA
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Cost can be pretty high in the downtown Seattle area, however there are many options available.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It is pretty hard to find a cheap place to live near campus...when i say cheap i mean something below on-campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options but most of them are expensive.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a ton of variety for houses and apartments. Rent is unfortunately going up, but that is because we live in a great area, and everyone wants to live here.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Seattle and Washington are expensive in general, so rent is going to be high either way you go. Get roommates and make a house work. There are options of houses, apartments, and condos. It's college, so don't expect to live in the type of house you grew up in. It will be messy a majority of the time and there will be people always in it. Choose your roommates wisely and make sure you won't get sick of them, because you will be living with them for however long the lease is for.


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  • 842nd
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Michael Lis-Sette
Seattle, WA
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In the immediate area around Seattle University, off-campus housing is expensive regardless of what option you select. You’ll be lucky if you can get a studio for less than $700 these days. The prices do vary depending on where you live, from more well-to-do areas like Madison Park to the more working-class Central District, but they are not completely outrageous. The best bet is to actually look for a place with multiple bedrooms and get together with as many of your friends as possible so as to split the rent. Living on your own in a full apartment is a bit of a luxury in the area around SU, even with the economy in the state it’s in and the deals owners are now offering to draw people in.

A number of the places to rent from in the area around SU (especially on Capitol Hill itself) are surprisingly old, including a few that date back to the days of the Klondike Gold Rush, so make sure you do a full inspection before signing a lease. Newer buildings are still being built despite the recession, so it should not be impossible to find an offer of some sort, but be prepared to hunt. There is always the option of living further away from campus, from Rainier Valley to West Seattle or even across Lake Washington, though if you go that far out, you will have to deal with the commute and the pain that is Seattle traffic. Most people are willing to put up with that, though, and cannot wait to get off campus and experience the kind of control over your own life that living off-campus can bring.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Spring quarter and summertime
Popular Areas
  • Beacon Hill
  • Capitol Hill/First Hill
  • Fremont
  • International District
  • Queen Anne Hill
  • University District
  • Wallingford
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $800
  • 2 BR: $1,000
  • House: $2,000
  • Studio: $600
Did You Know?
Thanks to the recent economic crisis and ensuing job losses, apartment vacancies rose to 6.6 percent this spring, up from just 4.8 percent when the crisis started in the fall of 2008.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

Very poor
  • 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 35 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 29% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 6% 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 35 responses

  • 31% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 6% Extremely helpful.
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