Housing and Residence Life

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Be Part of the Cornish Community

Live, work, and play on campus. Cornish Commons is a state-of-the-art 20-story residence hall, located in the vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. It's 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 build lifelong friendships.

Enjoy All the Residence Hall Has to Offer

From the first floor to the 20th, Cornish Commons offers an extraordinary living experience for students. The ground floor features a place to unwind with a fireplace, the offices of Student Life, 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 residential 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.

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 2019–2020 housing rates are designed to meet the diverse needs of students. Choices include:

Room TypeSemesterAcademic year
Single (with kitchen)$6,652$13,304
Double (with kitchen)$5,604$11,208

Dining and Meal Plans

We are fortunate to have exceptional food service for 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. All students who live in Cornish Commons are required to purchase a meal plan. Select the plan that suits you:

Denny Meal Plan: Semester - $1,800/ Year - $3,600
For Cornish students who eat most/all of their meals at Nellie’s Cafe, including the grab-and-go breakfast options at Espresso. Nellie’s Cafe is open for lunch and dinner every weekday, plus brunch on Saturdays, pizza on Saturday nights, and dinner on Sundays during the academic year. Pricing is based on actual usage of Cornish students. Required for residents in Cornish Commons.

Coffee Lovers Meal Plan: Semester - $2,200/ Year - $4,400
For Cornish students who frequent Espresso for specialty coffee drinks, snacks, and grab-and-go options. This plan provides additional flexibility for heartier eaters or students who enjoy a latte every day. Pricing is based on actual usage of Cornish students.

Capitol Hill Meal Plan: Semester - $1,350/ Year - $2,700
Available to students with mid-day courses at Kerry Hall (Dance and/or Music majors). Students who regularly eat lunch at Nellie’s Cafe should choose the Denny Meal Plan. Pricing is based on actual usage of Cornish students.

Securing Your Room

Housing applications and contracts for the 2018-2019 academic year are now available for both new and returning students at Cornish.

Completing the application and contract is for the entire academic year and all students that live in Cornish Commons are required to have a meal plan for the year. New students at Cornish College of the Arts are required to live on campus.

For new housing students, at the end of the application you will be asked to submit payment of the $300 housing deposit. Your application cannot be submitted without payment of the housing deposit. For returning housing students, your housing deposit will carryover from this year.

Current students can log into Compass and apply for housing under the Student Life tab.

Incoming students can log into the Application Portal and apply for housing once they have paid their enrollment deposit.


Our office is located on the third floor of Cornish Commons, located at 2025 Terry Avenue.
(p) 206.315.5852 | (e) housing@cornish.edu