Housing in Seattle tends to be more expensive than other parts of the Puget Sound region. The average price of a studio is approximately $1,200, 1-bedroom is approximately $1,800, and 2-bedroom is in the range of $2,200, depending on the neighborhood and general location. We encourage new students to start their search for housing at least one month before classes begin. Rather than securing housing sight unseen, we recommend that you to allow time to research and, if possible, visit the area.
Many apartments in Seattle proper as well as outside the immediate area offer move-in incentives. The many recently-constructed apartment complexes offer secured entry, on-site or in-unit laundry, and other amenities. Seattle's public transportation system has undergone significant improvements and expansion, making living outside of the immediate area a more viable and less expensive option. Note that many apartment managers ask for first and last month's rent as well as damage or cleaning deposits. Don't be surprised if you have to pay for a credit check as it is standard practice in the Northwest.
We have included brief descriptions of various neighborhoods in the Seattle area for your convenience. In addition, we have provided a list of apartments, newspapers and other methods to aid in your search for housing. Occasionally, the Admission Office is notified about available accommodations. We will publicize these listings to newly admitted students. Feel free to contact the Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about any possible available options.
- First Hill
- Close to campus and known to many as "Pill Hill," First Hill is also the site of several large, nationally-recognized healthcare facilities. The area earned its name because it was one of the first established neighborhoods in Seattle.
- Capitol Hill
- Just north of the Seattle U campus, "the Hill" is home to Seattle's LGBT community and is one of the city's most lively, diverse, and popular neighborhoods. Houses, apartments and mansions surround the popular Broadway shopping area where you can find vintage clothing, specialty boutiques, and a bevy of cafes and bars. The Asian Art Museum is tucked away in Volunteer Park, a large community hub offering a dog park and a historic Conservatory.
- Beacon Hill
- Beacon Hill is primarily residential, and not too far from First Hill. With a Link Light Rail stop in the middle of the neighborhood, there are many easily accessible shops and restaurants located along 15th Avenue. Jefferson Park and its 18-hole golf course are located at the top of Beacon Hill. El Centro de la Raza is an essential part of the neighborhood's soul. This lively community center offers vital programs used by thousands of Latinos and other diverse Seattle communities.
- This artsy neighborhood known as "Funky Fremont" is filled with great shops and 50's and 60's kitsch (check out the statue of Lenin and the Fremont Troll). This wonderful spot has only recently been discovered by tourists and is truly a Seattle community. The Sunday Fremont Market is a local favorite in the area.
- Green Lake
- Renowned as a "yuppie" community, Green Lake is a favorite spot for Seattleites. The lake itself takes up most of the community, leaving only a few square miles for its inhabitants. For the fitness buff, there is a 3-mile paved trail around the lake for walking, running and rollerblading. It is definitely the place to see and be seen.
- International District
- This is a vibrant neighborhood, where vegetable markets spill out onto the sidewalks and the sights and sounds of its multicultural community abound. Herbal medicine shops, florists, gift shops, noodle joints and a jumble of Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants and markets dot the neighborhood.
- Mount Baker
- To the south of the Central district and First Hill overlooking Lake Washington, the Mount Baker neighborhood combines charming older homes with sweeping views of Mount Rainier and Lake Washington. This politically active community in the heart of Rainier Valley is one of Seattle's most economically and racially diverse neighborhoods.
- Queen Anne
- 456 ft above sea level, Queen Anne is home to one of Seattle's most fashionable locales. Named after the Queen Anne style homes built by early residents, the hill borders the Seattle Center and the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair. Great restaurants, shops and theaters are just a few of the benefits here. Room for rent signs and postings at the local markets are great ways to find a place to share.
- Seward Park
- Aside from its wonderful waterfront, Microsoft mansions and 1950s brick ramblers, Seward Park's eclectic personality is influenced by its large Jewish population. In fact, over 80% of Seattle's Jewish community call Seward Park home. The area is also known for its racial diversity. Asians and African-Americans comprise roughly 50% of the area's residents.
- University District
- Known to us locals as the "U-District", it is the home of the sprawling University of Washington. For the most part, the neighborhood is composed of students who rent houses and apartments in the area. The U-District bustles with activity at its many coffee shops and bookstores. Recently added Link Light Rail service now conveniently connects the law school's Capitol Hill neighborhood with the U-District via a comfortable, seven-minute underground ride!
- Centrally located to recreation and points of interest, this residential community offers a small town vibe. Located on the other side of I-5 from the University District, it is also home to many students. Apartments are snugly located between houses and condominiums.
It is often heard that people love the neighborhoods of Seattle, the sense of community, and close proximity to resources. The City of Seattle has a website for our neighborhoods and is a great place to learn about all of the areas of Seattle, new projects being proposed, and links to resources are provided throughout the city. Please visit the Department of Neighborhoods.
Puget Sound News has links to many local neighborhood communities like Bainbridge Island, Ballard, the Eastside, Federal Way, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Puyallup and Tacoma.
Apartment Search Firms
Apartment List online.
(206) 524.1111 or
toll free (888) 646.4248
(206) 322.5544, also handles roommate referrals
RentBits allows users to shop thousands of houses and apartments for rent in the Seattle area. The LiveLovely app also features saveable search parameters and an alert setting to help you keep up on the latest available apartments.
Through Apartment List, users can search for housing based on neighborhoods, price range, noise level and attractions.
Rent.com allows user to search for afforadable homes.
PadMapper.com is an additional search engine for housing in the area.
Roommate Referral Services
Roommate Express (206) 223.3720
Space Finders (206) 728.8500
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce publishes a Relocation Packet with maps and a video on the area. You can order it directly from their Web site or call (206) 389.7257.
www.ApartmentInsider.com - Recently named among Cendant Mobility's top five rental assistance providers in the nation
www.ApartmentRatings.com - Apartment Ratings
www.Apartments.com - Apartments.com
www.craigslist.org - Craig's List
www.homefair.com - Cost of living site
www.phillipsre.com - Phillips Real Estate manages a large volume of Capitol Hill apartment buildings and lists vacancies on their Web site
www.rentdirect.com - Regional searches
www.SeattleRentals.com- Puget Sound's ad-free rental classifieds with photos, floorplans and actual vacancy listings
www.thesublet.com - Seattle Sublet and Apartment Service
www.apartmentlist.com - free search engine allowing you to conduct regional searches by price, proximity, amenities, etc.
http://www.trulia.com/for_rent/Seattle,WA - Trulia.com
https://www.zumper.com - Zumper.com
http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Washington/Seattle/ - Apartment Guide