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On-Campus Housing

Please note: You must have your F-1 student visa before you apply for on campus housing.
If you are a transfer student or do not need an F-1 student visa, you can apply for on campus housing now. On campus housing fills up quickly and is not always available.

On campus apartments and residence halls are located on or near Western’s campus. They are located near a bus stop, so getting to classes is easy!

How to Apply
Complete the Housing Application (included in the IEP acceptance packet) and return it to the IEP office.

Residence Hall
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.

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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.

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. It is the responsibility of the student to find an apartment and often, 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. 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.

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!

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

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.

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


Living with a family in America is a great way to improve your English and learn about American culture. Homestays provide a private bedroom, utilities, and internet. Hosts will also provide food for students to make their own breakfasts and lunches, and families will cook dinners to eat together.

Families are located in different areas of Bellingham and close to a bus stop to easily get to campus. 

How to Apply
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. The sooner you apply, the more likely it is you will be matched with a family who meets the preferences on your application. Many students use this company and you can find the application on their website.

Intercultural Homestays
Telephone: (206) 367-5332
Toll Free: +1 (800) 340-9088
E: ihincusa@aol.com

Please see www.ihincusa.com for current costs.

Page Updated 06.25.2015