Study Abroad


At the UW, you are free to make your own housing arrangements. Different types of housing suit different needs. This page will help you decide which kind of housing is best for you.

Home-stay program

If this is your first time to study and live in the U.S., the FIUTS home-stay is designed for you.

The home-stay will provide you with a friendly place to stay for a few days while you recover from jet lag and get acquainted with the Seattle area.

For a nominal fee, you will be able to spend up to a week in the home of a volunteer American host who will meet you at the airport and assist you during your transition.

This program is not intended for students who have previously lived or traveled extensively in the U.S.

For more information, visit the FIUTS home-stay website. Email questions to

Housing and food services

Temporary housing and early arrival

  • There is no temporary housing on campus for UW students.
  • International students who have a confirmed on-campus housing assignment and who plan to attend FIUTS International Student Orientation can apply for early arrival.
  • The number of spaces available is limited, and you will be charged a fee per day.
  • Please be aware that there is no food service in the residence halls during this time.
  • For more information please see the Housing and Food Services website.

Living on campus

  • Living on campus is convenient (the residence halls are just minutes away from classes and campus resources, with access to a variety of delicious dining options), but that’s just the beginning!
  • Living in the residence halls is a great way to meet new people, make lifelong friends, have fun, and help influence the character of your living environment.
  • All halls are coeducational: men and women live in different rooms  on the same floor, or on separate floors or corridors.
  • The Residential Life program makes living in the residence halls different from other student living arrangements.
  • The staff who live in the residence halls develop social and educational programs and events that focus on your needs and interests as you pursue a college education.
  • Leadership opportunities abound in the residence halls, and you’ll find a variety of organizations for diverse interests.
  • Opportunities that emphasize educational excellence include workshops such as Study Skills, Reducing Test Anxiety, Time Management, and Selecting a Major.
  • Amenities in the halls include high-speed internet, cable TV, fitness centers, study areas, recreational facilities, and award-winning dining facilities.

Applying for campus housing

  • We recommend that you apply early for residence hall space.
  • Space is limited, and demand is high.
  • New residents are assigned to double or triple rooms based on priority and date of application.
  • Late applicants may be placed in temporary housing or on a wait list for the beginning of the quarter.
  • Resident Hall  information including room and board rates, dining program options, applications, and frequently asked questions can be viewed on the Housing and Food Services website. 
  • You must set up your UW NetID before you apply to housing.
  • Once you create your UW NetID it may take a few days for your UW NetID to be recognized housing management system.
  • Check your UW email account to ensure you receive all Housing and Food Services communications.

Off-campus housing

  • Students who choose to live off campus should start planning as early as possible.
  • The Student Housing Affairs office maintains online lists of rental houses, apartments, and boarding houses.
  •  Because parking on campus is costly and very limited, consider neighborhoods within walking or biking distance or with good bus service to campus.
  • That way you can take advantage of the U-PASS program, an inexpensive and easy way to get to campus and around the greater Seattle area.
  • You don’t need a car, but a bicycle could be handy.