Housing options International Students University of Washington Tacoma

Housing options International Students University of Washington Tacoma

On campus housing

Live on campus with other UW Tacoma students! Our housing is apartmentstyle, with full kitchens, bathrooms and ensuite washer/dryers. There is fun programming and UW Tacoma Resident Assistants who live onsite. The oncampus housing is located directly on the UW Tacoma campus and also features a 12 month lease term so international students are able to live in the oncampus housing over the winter, spring and summer breaks.

The Autumn 2013 housing application is currently available; the priority deadline is April 15. Please submit the application as soon as possible to maximize your priority for a housing assignment. See the On Campus Housing website for more the application and further information.

If you are starting at UW Tacoma in winter, spring or summer quarter, housing may be available if there is space.

Off campus housing

If you are not planning to live in oncampus housing, or if oncampus housing is already full, there are many options for living offcampus.

Homestay recommended for freshmen or transfer students coming from out of the country or out of state

Tacomaarea homestays are provided through Intercultural Homestay and Services. Through the homestay, you can be picked up from the airport, oriented by the IHS staff, and taken directly to your host family. All host families have been personally site checked by IHS and have completed background checks. Each host family provides a furnished room with internet and full meals to the student. There is a $250 placement fee to IHS, and then the monthly rate payable directly to the host family is $600/month. You can find a roommate to share the apartment and cut down on costs, or you can rent your own apartment. A studio apartment is suitable for a single person, and contains a living/sleeping area, bathroom and kitchen. Contact the management company for the apartment building directly to set up your lease. cosigner, normally you provide first and last months rent plus a deposit, and submit a copy of your I20.

Finding a roommate

We have created a Catalyst forum for you to post and review roommate listings. Once you have been admitted to UW Tacoma, you can securely log on with your UW NetID to post roommate requests or view other postings. You can then contact interested students directly to see if it would work to rent an apartment together. UW ISS is not responsible for managing the process, but we hope that providing this tool will help students to connect with each other to find a good housing situation.

Access the secure UW Tacoma international student roommate posting systemIf you do not have furniture, you can rent furniture through CORT. Student packages are available, and the furniture rental service can even deliver your furniture to your apartment and set it up before you arrive.

You can also buy your furniture; there are many stores in the area. You can rent an apartment on your own directly, and pets are allowed. The price for studio apartments is around $800$900/month and often discounts are available. Shortterm leases 3 months, 6 months, 9 months are also available. There are common rooms including a gym, and secure underground parking is available for an additional fee.

Villaggio: This apartment building is just a block from campus and is quite new. There are many studios available, and prices range from $600$700/month for a studio. Shortterm leases 6 and 9 months are also available. Every apartment has a balcony or access to the patio, and there is a great roof deck with views of the mountains and downtown Tacoma. Secure underground parking is available and pets are allowed for an extra fee. Management is offering an extra deal for UW Tacoma international students: waived application fee and reduced deposit of $150.

More expensive but also very close are Theas Landing waterfront apartments, which are right across the glass bridge from campus and on the water. The Harmon Lofts are right in the middle of campus as well, next to the building housing our office!