Off-Campus Housing

Seattle, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live off-campus and it is very expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not too bad, but you definitely pay for Seattle housing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many UW students live off campus, have more freedom and are close to many places.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There's a lot of apartments near by, especially on the Ave. They're a little farther up the street from the main campus but it's alright. And it's cheaper than campus housing.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: expensive but better than dorms


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  • 414th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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Off-campus housing feels a little like gambling. Like games in a Vegas casino, there's a wide selection, but you could lose a lot of money. For the most part, Seattle real estate is not cheap, and if it is, then there's a reason. But multiple neighborhoods lay just a bus or car ride away from campus, and a myriad of living options exists in the University District alone. Some students get a studio on the Avenue while others pair up and get a two-bedroom apartment around University Village. Others assemble a group of eight or nine and rent a house in the Greek area.

Whatever the size of the group, a prime home probably exists in the vicinity; it's just about hunting it down. High demand is the reason landlords can charge so steeply, so if you don't nab that dream house while it's still available, it might be gone. Like so many other things about UW, the size of the school determines a lot. Because there are so many students in need of housing, a wide selection of houses and apartments exists, but because such a demand for housing exists, it may be difficult to get a place. It's all about timing, though-get a group together early and start looking. Many UW students choose to live off campus sophomore year, after establishing some solid relationships in the dorms. For many, moving off campus is a welcome salvation from the closed-in feel of the dorms, and they love the freedom and space of a place of their own.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
March or April-most leases start September 1 and run through August 31.
Popular Areas
  • The Ave.
  • University District (specifically, the Greek area)
  • University Village
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $700
  • 2 BR: $1,200
  • 4 BR: $2,000
  • Studio: $600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 152 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 151 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 72% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 14% 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 150 responses

  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 11% Extremely helpful.
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