Housing and Residence Life

Housing and Residence Life

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Be Part of the Cornish Community

Live, work, and play on campus. Cornish Commons, a state-of-the-art 20-story residence hall, is located in the vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. just steps from your classes,  Nellie’s Café, theaters, galleries, parks, restaurants and much more. Designed for you, Cornish Commons features plenty of space and special amenities that allow you to create and perform without ever stepping outside. You can use Cornish Commons as a launching pad to explore all Seattle has to offer.

Make new connections for your future right here. Just walk out the door of your room to engage with fellow artists and performers at Cornish as well as students from nearby City University.

By making Cornish Commons your home, you will find the space and  the place to create and to build lifelong friendships.

Enjoy All the Residence Hall Has to Offer

Live, work, and play on campus. Cornish Commons, Cornish’s state-of-the-art 20-story residence hall in the vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood, is just steps from your classes, Nellie’s Café, theaters, galleries, parks, restaurants and much more. Designed for you, Cornish Commons features plenty of space and special amenities that allow you to create and perform without ever stepping outside. You can use Cornish Commons as a launching pad to explore all Seattle has to offer. Make new connections for your future right here. Just walk out the door of your room to engage with fellow artists and performers at Cornish as well as students from nearby City University. By making Cornish Commons your home, you will find the space and the place to create and to build lifelong friendships.

From the first floor to the 20th, Cornish Commons offers an extraordinary living experience for students. The ground floor features a place to unwind in front of the fireplace, the offices of Student Life, a relaxation lounge, a commuter student kitchen, a study space, and other meeting spaces. Also in the lower floors are classrooms, practice rooms, studios, and communal spaces for students and faculty to work together on artistic and community activities. The fourth through 19th floors are the resident floors, with room types ranging from double to triple. The 20th floor is reserved just for you and your fellow residents. With amazing views in all directions, you have complete access to a shared full kitchen, open art studio, TV lounge, game room, fitness center, dance studio, laundry facility, and an open-air atrium.

From the first floor to the 20th, the Cornish Commons provides places for you to do the serious work you have come to do. The ground floor “living room” features a fireplace, the offices of Student Life, a relaxation lounge, a music practice room, a commuter student kitchen and other meeting spaces. The floor above features four large theater classroom spaces, an additional lounge and conference space for students and faculty to work on artistic and community activities.

The residence hall occupies the 4th through 19th floors and features a variety of double or triple rooms (all having private baths) housing a community of more than 430 students. The 20th floor is reserved just for you and your fellow residents. With amazing views in all directions, you have complete access to a shared full kitchen, open art studio, TV lounge, game room with a fireplace, fitness center, dance studio, laundry facility, and an open-air atrium.

International and local students from nearby City University will share some of our residential space, offering exciting opportunities to connect and learn.

Find Your Place in the Cornish Community

We have created spaces in the new Residence Hall that meet the diverse needs of students. Each residential floor includes a community lounge for students to gather and connect. Each room includes a full bath (sink, toilet, shower, tub), and all new furnishings, including extra long bed and mattress, dresser, desk, hutch, filing cabinet. Each room features overhead lighting, individual heating, and security windows opening to fresh air. Some rooms feature a kitchenette with a refrigerator, stove, sink, microwave and cupboards.

Choosing Your Room

Our 2017–2018 housing rates are designed to meet the diverse needs of students. Choices include:

Room TypeSemesterAcademic year
Single$5,275$10,550
Single (with kitchen)$6,280$12,560
Double$4,265$8,530
Double (with kitchen)$5,275$10,550
Triple$3,825$7,650

Dining and Meal Plans

We are fortunate to have exceptional food service fo our students. Nellie’s Café, run by our award-winning partners at Bon Appétit, provides healthy, innovative, and delicious meal options, including vegetarian and gluten-free, available from 7:00 am through 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, brunch on Saturday and dinner on Sunday. All students who live in Cornish Commons are required to purchase a meal plan. Select the plan that suits you:

Meal Plan A - Yr =$3,480/ Sem. = $1,740  Allows you a greater amount of funds to  purchase the healthy meal, coffee, treat & appetizer options

Meal Plan B - Yr=$2,800/ Sem. =$1,400 Allows you to put fewer dollars on your meal plan should you be a lighter eater. 

Meal Plan C - Yr=$2,540/Sem=$1,270 is designed for Dance and Music majors who spend their class time at Kerry Hall   

Meal Plan D - Yr=$1,560/Sem=$780 is designed for our students who have  selected a room with a Kitchenette. You can always add more dollars to your plan.

Securing Your Room

The deadline for New Student Housing Applications is May 1, 2016 and has three important parts. First, the online application, secondly get your proof of immunizations submitted and finally a $300 refundable housing deposit. All three of these pieces must be received by this date to guarantee your room. Housing assignments are made based upon the date we receive your completed application, and assignments are usually complete and you will be notified by August 1.