Study Abroad

Housing

As an incoming exchange student to the University of Washington, you are free to make your own housing arrangements. To help you decide which option is best for you, please review the information below.

FIUTS Homestay 

The FIUTS Homestay Program is a short-term option where host families support incoming students during the transition period to UW and Seattle and serve as an initial introduction to American culture. This program is primarily for students who have never studied or lived in the US, but any student wishing to participate is welcome. If you are interested, please contact FIUTS.

Early Arrival Housing

Early Arrival Housing is available to students that are required to be on campus before the official campus move-in dates. As participants in the FIUTS International Student Orientation, you are eligible for this option for accommodation during Period 1. If you are approved to move in during Period 1, you will be housed in a temporary room, and you must move to your autumn quarter room on the appropriate move-in date. Please note that Early Arrival Housing is charged at a flat rate and there is a nonrefundable application charge. There is no early arrival housing for winter quarter. 

On-campus Housing

Living on campus is convenient and is a great way to meet new people. All residence halls are coeducational, meaning men and women live in different rooms on the same floor, or on separate floors or corridors. The residential life program is at the heart of what 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.

If you are an undergraduate student and indicated in your exchange application that you are interested in on-campus housing, then you have been included on the priority housing list that will be sent to the Housing and Food Services (HFS) office.

Before you can apply to live in the UW residence halls, you must have received your acceptance letter and set up your UW NetID, which will allow you access to the online housing application. Please be aware that it may take several days for your UW NetID information to be transferred to the HFS database.

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. Most housing contracts are for 9 months or 12 months. If you are only here for one or two quarters you should still select either 9 or 12 month options and our office will confirm the length of your exchange program so that you are not penalized.

Not all residences will be open during winter break, so please review the HFS website and the Learning Content in your Study Abroad account for specific details. 

Graduate students should review the graduate housing options on the Housing and Food Services website. Graduate housing can fill up quickly, so be sure to submit your application as soon as possible once you have been admitted.

Off-campus housing

Students who choose to live off campus should start planning early. FIUTS has housing resources on their website, including comparisons of living on- vs. off-campus, suggestions for finding off-campus accommodations, and short-term housing suggestions.

Housing

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 homestay@fiuts.org.

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.