Apply for IEP housing

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Please note: You must have your F-1 student visa before you apply for IEP housing.
If you are a transfer student or do not need an F-1 student visa, please apply for IEP housing now.

Please find our IEP housing application here:
Housing application: DOC file
Housing application: PDF file

Please complete the IEP housing application and fax it to (360) 650-6818 or email to

Intensive English Program Housing Guide

There are three types of housing for IEP students, on-campus housing, off-campus housing and homestays.

On-Campus Housing

Dormitory Style:
Each Dormitory suite houses four students. There are two bedrooms. The suite includes bedrooms, a bathroom, living area and a kitchenette with refrigerator, sink and stove. A large lounge area with a pool table is located on the ground level, as well as a TV lounge and piano lounge. A market is located next to the main lounge and provides convenience items for sale. These suites are open for full year occupancy. A meal plan is included with the dormitory cost.

Price of Dormitory Style:
A shared double room is approximately $2500-3000 per quarter (3 months). This price includes a limited meal plan. Your rent is due at the beginning of each quarter. A $200 deposit will also be charged.

Apartment Style:
Each on-campus apartment houses four students. There are two bedrooms with a living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and balcony. A community building houses an information desk, lounge with TV and laundry room. All utilities are included (except telephone). Bus transportation to the Western campus is nearby. Apartments are available for full-year occupancy.

Price of Apartment Style:
A shared double room is approximately $1000 per quarter (3 months). No meal plan is included in this price. Your rent is due at the beginning of each quarter. A $200 deposit will also be charged.

On-campus apartments and dormitories are located at the south end of Western’s campus. They are located near a bus stop, so getting to classes is easy!

How to Apply:
Complete the Housing Application (found on the IEP website) and return it to the IEP office. Once your application has been received, the IEP staff will apply for your on-campus housing. A few weeks before the next quarter begins an on-campus housing contract will be sent to you. Please sign this contract and return it to the IEP office as soon as possible.

Note: On-campus housing fills up quickly and is not always available. Check the IEP website for on-campus housing deadlines.

Off-Campus Housing

There are many private apartments near campus. IEP staff will give students information about apartments, prices, and property management contact information, but it is the responsibility of the student to find an apartment. To rent apartments, students must have a co-signer living in the U.S. or be able to pay a larger deposit. In addition, most students must be willing to rent the apartment for 12 months or risk losing their deposit.

A one bedroom is available in the price range of $550-800 per month. Sharing an apartment with a roommate may be less expensive. Rent is generally due on the first day of each month and is paid directly to the property manager.

Apartments are located all around Bellingham, Washington. There are many apartments or homes for rent near Western. Most are near a bus stop, so getting to classes is easy!

What to expect
There are many different types of apartments and homes for rent. A studio has a kitchen, living area and sleeping area in one room, these apartments are usually the cheapest. One bedroom and two bedrooms have one or two bedrooms separate from the kitchen and living area. A duplex is a house attached to another house. The two homes share the yard. Most apartments or houses are not furnished.

How to Apply:
Contact a property management company. Each management company has different applications and rules.

Property Management Companies
Phone Number


(360) 738-1022

3800 Byron Ave. #112, Bellingham, WA 98229


(360) 733-3640

2100 Iron St.
Bellingham WA 98225


(360) 527-9829

1801 F. St,
Bellingham, WA 98225

Royce Group

(360) 752-9325

1320 Lakeway Dr # 100,
Bellingham, WA  98229


(360) 733-7944

4061 Eliza,
Bellingham, WA 98226

Painless Properties

(360) 734-5374

2110 Bill McDonald Pkwy, #1,
Bellingham, WA 98225

Exit Property Management

(360) 756-6500

1419 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA, 98225


General Information:
Living with a family in America is a great way to improve your English and learn about American culture. For a fee, which includes housing placement and airport pickup, a homestay agency will help you find a family. Homestays are limited and you must apply before starting IEP.

Many students use this company:

Intercultural Homestays
P.O. Box 27184
Seattle, WA 98265, USA
Telephone: (206) 367-5332
Toll Free: 1(800) 340-9088
Fax: (206) 367-5320

For general information regarding housing, please contact

Page Updated 02.25.2014