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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The prices don't quite compare and I didn't find any striking deals.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A bit hard to find good options for off-campus housing. Housing is expensive too

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus but in my search for somewhere off campus to live there seems to be a pretty good variety at pretty good costs

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is available but you have to be willing to pay downtown Seattle prices. Most of the time students find it to be expensive and have to obtain multiple roommates just to afford it. For some it's worth it, for others its easier just to stay on campus.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is pretty unaffordable, rent is skyrocketing and parking is hard to find.

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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 57 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 56 responses

  • 4% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 61% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 36% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% 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 56 responses

  • 5% Extremely helpful.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 39% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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