Off-campus housing in Seattle tends to be more expensive than other parts of the Puget Sound region. The average price of a studio is approximately $1,400 and 1-bedroom apartments average about $1,850. Note that rents can vary widely by neighborhood. We encourage new students to start their search for housing at least one month before classes begin. We recommend that you also visit the area if possible.

Many apartments in Seattle and the surrounding area offer move-in incentives. Most newly-constructed apartment complexes offer secured entry, on-site or in-unit laundry, and other amenities. Seattle's public transportation system has recenlty expanded, making living a bit farther from campus a more viable, less expensive option. Note that many apartments ask for first (and sometimes last) month's rent as well as refundable cleaning deposits. You may also have to pay for a credit check as part of an application.

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 admitted students. Contact the Admission Office at lawadmis@seattleu.edu 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.
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 an array of Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants dot the neighborhood. 
Mount Baker
To the south of the Central district, 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 
Queen Anne is home to one of Seattle's most fashionable locales. Named after the Queen Anne style homes built by early residents, Queen Anne borders the Seattle Center and the Space Needle. Great restaurants, shops and theaters are just a few of the benefits here. For Rent signs and postings at 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 calls Seward Park home. The area is also known for its racial diversity. Asian-Americans 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 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, five-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 U-District, it is also home to many students. Apartments are snugly located between houses and condominiums.

City Resources

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.

Apartment Locators
(206) 524.1111 or
toll free (888) 646.4248

Hot Pads and Zillow, are run by Zillow and provide a comprehensive and interactive marketplace of rental real estate.

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.

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

Online Resources

Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce publishes a Relocation Packet with maps and a video on the area. You can order it directly from their website or call (206) 389.7257.

Apartment Ratings


Craig's List Seattle


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

Seattle Rentals.com

Seattle Sublet and Apartment Service



Apartment Guide