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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everything close to campus is really expensive, I live a few miles away from campus in a house with my friends from school. It is much more reasonable than trying to stay near campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The closer to campus you want to live, the more expensive it'll likely get. There's much construction going on. As every new building is made, the prices increase drastically.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some of the people offer discounts to ROTC students, like myself, which is really great

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much of off-campus housing, except Seattle is a little expensive.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing has been one of my largest headaches since transferring to UW. In my experience many landlords are deceptive and try to take advantage of young college students by charging insane amounts for unsafe housing. The closer to campus, the more this is true. Apartment living in the University District is unattainable for most due to the inflated cost of living in Seattle as a whole. An average 1br/1ba costs around $1400 per month. Parking is also difficult in residential areas and near apartments near campus. Most students are forced to live farther away from campus, or to live with upwards of 5 roommates. Affordable housing options near campus are usually terrible quality units. As a whole, housing is hard to come by as well because there is such a high demand in the area.

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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 178 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 177 responses

  • 12% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 73% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% 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 178 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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