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Summer at Cornish residence students will interact with a community of artists, dancers, performers, and musicians from near and far. 

For students living in the residence hall, Cornish’s Housing and Residence Life Office strives to provide a safe and secure living environment that encourages the personal and artistic growth for all students.

Summer students in residence have access to a full-time, live-in staff, and each resident will be assigned a program assistant who performs a nightly check-in for all students. Resident program assistants are currently-enrolled Cornish students who are trained in community-building, problem-solving, and emergency procedures. Summer students in residence will have access to the College two evenings per week for additional studio or rehearsal time to further develop their work. Chaperoned activities such as guided tours of Seattle, gallery and museum visits, movie nights and outings to local parks and beaches are also provided on evenings and weekends for summer students in residence.

Who can apply for summer housing?

Cornish housing is only available to summer students ages 14 to 18. To be eligible for housing, summer students must be enrolled in a full course-load (i.e., taking classes Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM).

What is the housing like?

The brand new Cornish Commons residence building is conveniently located across the street from our Main Campus Center, very close to the heart of downtown Seattle and the Space Needle. Rooms are double occupancy, have a private bath and are much larger than typical residence hall rooms. Please visit this link to take a drone tour of the new residence -

How much does it cost?

The Summer at Cornish housing application provides more information about housing. Please email or mail completed applications to: 


Summer at Cornish

Cornish College of the Arts

1000 Lenora Street

Seattle, WA 98121


Summer at Cornish housing amenities include:

  • Community lounges with LCD TVs, cable and DVD players
  • Community study space
  • Community kitchen
  • Piano rooms
  • Laundry room
  • Vending machines
  • Wireless Internet
  • 24-hour locked entrances with key card access
  • One desk 
  • One desk chair
  • One extra-long twin bed
  • One dresser 
  • Closet space (armoire or built–in closet)

Zero Tolerance Policy

Cornish maintains a zero tolerance policy for all illegal activities including possession or use of drugs, alcohol or firearms, whether on or off the Cornish campus. Summer students in residence must abide by the policies included in the Housing Contract. At the discretion of Cornish administration, any student in violation of policies or otherwise creating an unsafe or unproductive climate may receive sanctions including a warning or immediate dismissal.

Accommodations for Students 19 and Older

For students over the age of 19, as well as friends and family visiting Cornish, a list of hotels, motels and hostels near our Main Campus Center can be found by visiting Accommodations.

What Students Are Saying

“It has been an absolutely amazing experience to attend Summer at Cornish! I grew not only as an artist from my classes and the incredible instructors, but also as an individual from staying in the dorms with a group of artists who were all interested in the visual and performing arts. I am definitely applying to Cornish for college!”