Off-Campus Housing

Tacoma, WA
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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of beautiful houses surrounding campus, but they may be expensive, although less expensive than living on campus.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Freshman live on campus so not at that point yet.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus. I am required to live in a dorm for two years. The campus does own some houses outside of campus that students can live in.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: As a student currently looking for off-campus housing, I have a bit to say on this. For the most part, it is really great - there are quite a few houses around campus available to students at very reasonable costs. The houses are usually in great shape and are often nicely renovated. I have yet to hear any "really" bad things about any of the landlords who rent out houses to students - most of them are very nice and have only a few base rules that they want to be followed. Most houses also offer parking spots. The school website even has a page dedicated to these houses and provide a list with the address, how many rooms/parking spots there are, and what the rent is!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Most students end up living within a mile of campus, but in privately owned rather than University owned accomodation. This means that the community remains close but the independece increases. It's fairly reasonable in price $300-$400 a month, but it does help to know people who have been previously renting and can recommned you to the landlord.


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  • 58th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Juliette Witous
Sonoma, CA
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There are definitely many costs and benefits for the surrounding houses of Puget Sound. On one hand, they are cheaper than most areas (ranging from $300 to $500 per person), but on the other hand, they are often a bit run-down with age. This often equates to less than the cost of living on campus until you count all of the utility costs and paying for the summer months. Often there are bedrooms in the basement, and depending on the landlord, these may cost less than the upper levels. The houses really vary from typical college houses to nicer liveable estates. The range benefits those who don't care about the state of their place who want to tear it up without consequence as well as those who live more conservatively. Even when students do live off campus, they don't stray far, inhabiting housese within a mile radius around campus.

Housing assistance is provided by the school or students can do their own research. Often people will take over the houses of their older friends because they are familiar with the house and can get a hold of the land lord easily. There are also websites to view all of the available options. It is important to start looking early because most of the decent options will run out fast. Make sure to take a tour of the house and ask about any major conditions. It's a good idea to write out what you are looking for first and don't rush into a lease because once you sign it, you can go back.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
It's best to start looking very early, right after winter break. Most renters list then, and you have a better chance at getting something you really want. Off-Campus Student Services offers a great search where you can look for places right around campus.
Popular Areas
  • Just off campus in the Northend area
  • Salmon Beach area
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $550
  • 2 BR: $850
  • 3 BR: $1,250
  • 4 BR: $1,700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 30 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 30 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 0% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 57% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 43% 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 29 responses

  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 28% Extremely helpful.


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