Finding A Place
If you are renting in Bellingham for the first time, looking for an apartment or house can be a little daunting. To help you out, we have listed some ways to look for houses below:
Word of Mouth
This is the best way to look for a rental! Try talking to any friends you have that already live off of campus; if their landlords rent any other properties, you can possibly snag a rental before it gets advertised to other people, or have a great character reference!
Walk around neighborhoods near campus in March or April and write down phone numbers of rentals you like that have ‘For Rent’ signs.
Off Campus Housing Registry
The Housing Registry™ listing service allows WWU students, faculty, and staff to find local housing and roommates free of charge. This service is provided by BrainWebs Online Services under agreement with WWU.
The listings for off-campus housing are compiled by the service provider and provided to the campus community for convenience only. Information in each listing was provided by the seeker of roommates or a landlord/property manager; WWU has not verified its accuracy. WWU does not inspect or endorse any of the rental accommodations identified in these listings, nor does it screen potential roommates. All arrangements for off-campus rental housing are strictly between the user and the property owner, agent or subletter.
For questions about searching or listing on The Housing Registry, contact the service provider directly at http://cservice.housingregistry.us/.
Search or List on the Off-Campus Housing Registry
|For students, faculty, & staff:
Requires valid WWU email account
|For property owners, agents,
Property owners and real estate agents can use this service to advertise rooms, apartments, and houses available for rent or sale. The service provider charges a small fee. A portion of that fee is a donation to Western Washington University.
Enrolled students and active faculty and staff can search the database for housing and roommates free of charge. A valid WWU email address is required.
Prospective Students, faculty, and staff can review the local rental market by following this link and selecting "View Rental List" from the menu.
The lawful living situation for residences zoned as single-family residential units is stated in Belligham Municipal Code 20.08.020.F as: "One or more persons related by blood, marriage, or adoption, or not more than 3 unrelated persons, living together within a single dwelling unit."
Further information and resources concerning property owner/tenant issues are available from the Associated Students Legal Information Center and from the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. If you are renting within the Bellingham city limits, you should contact the Crime Free Multi-housing Program. State and Federal laws and University policy do not permit discrimination in the provision of housing on the basis of race, color, age, or national origin.
Apartment Guide helps connect apartment consumers to their ideal place to live. With the largest inventory of multifamily apartments, students won’t have to waste their valuable time looking elsewhere. The site has interactive maps, HD video, and a variety of other resources that make it an excellent resource for the apartment search process.
Out of the dorms, Simplyrent helps you find a home to move into while learning the ins and outs of renting.
Trulia provides real estate information with detailed graphical neighborhood data so students can view available rentals, commute times, affordability, crime reports, hazard maps, and points of interest, all in one spot.
Zillow is a living database of all homes in the country. Zillow allows university students to see available rentals near their campus, as well as neighborhood walkability and transit scores that affect their decisions on where to live.
Along with other resources available on Homes.com, the site has a rentals page customized for WWU students. The map based search makes to easy to find homes and apartments for rent and shows each units distance to campus and price per bedroom.
Western's online forum is a great way for students, faculty, and staff to look for roommates, subletters, or someone to take over a lease!
A great resource, but beware of scams!
Make sure that when you are looking for a rental, you involve your roommates in the whole process! Talk with your roommates about a price range, where you would like to live, and other things that are important to you.
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