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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some houses are literally across the street.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The area is pricey because its a desired location, which means its hard to find one that works with a school minded budget.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is a lot cheaper than living in the dorms and you get a lot more freedom to do whatever you would like, rather than in the dorms.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off-campus, but my friends who do say that the added freedom and no requirement to have a meal plan are a definite plus. There are many "off-campus" appartments that are literaly right beside the dorms, or just across the street.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of close places to live at a decent cost

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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
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
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 71 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 67 responses

  • 7% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 69% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 71 responses

  • 20% Extremely helpful.
  • 45% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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