Finding housing in Seattle can be an overwhelming experience if you don’t know what to look for or where to look. Our brief guide to off-campus housing may help. No matter what your criteria, knowing your price range is a good place to start. The average price of a studio in Seattle is $1109, a one-bedroom is generally around $1,373 and two-bedroom apartments are often found for around $1,899. Source: My New Place
We suggest that continuing students who are planning to live off-campus or first year students who are exempt from the first year requirement to live on campus start your search for housing early and plan on spending some time looking at apartments in person, rather than securing housing sight-unseen. Allow yourself enough time to research neighborhoods, look at apartments and meet with building managers before you plan on moving in. Many of the smaller apartment buildings in Seattle do not advertise their properties, relying on word-of-mouth and foot traffic to bring in their new leaseholders. A little bit of initial research into the best Seattle neighborhood for you will help you figure out where to start looking.
During your search, we encourage you to consider what is included in your rent, what is not, estimated utility costs, the amount of time and energy that it will take to commute, and the amount of time you will be spending at home. Application and credit check fees are typical in the Northwest. In addition, many apartment managers in Seattle require first and last month’s rent as well as a security deposit prior to moving in.
We recommend that you not only visit the neighborhoods yourself, but that you also conduct your own research into the area you are considering moving into, including estimating your method and length of commute.
Apartment Search Resources
These are online listings and fee-based organizations that help you find an apartment or roommate.
- Cornish Off Campus Housing Facebook
- Apartment Hunters
- Apartment Living
- Apartment Ratings
- Craig’s List
- My Apartment Map
- Phillips Real Estate
- Seattle Apartments
- Seattle Apartment Finders
- Seattle Rentals
- Sublet and Apartment Service
Many Seattle neighborhoods have their own news blog with updates and information. Some even have a page for classifieds that might be helpful in your search.