If you need a place to stay temporarily while you search for permanent housing or wait to move into the residence halls, there are many hotels and hostels in Seattle. Hostels are usually cheaper than hotels, and have dormitory-style bunk beds shared with other guests. Hostels also have shared kitchens, lounges, or bathrooms. Whether you stay in a hostel or a hotel, it is a good idea to ask about discounts if you plan to stay more than a few days - many hotels have weekly rates.
All of these locations are great options for students who are staying in a FIUTS Welcome Week homestay but need temporary housing in between the end of their homestay and moving into the residence halls. You can also look for options for Winter Break Housing if your residence hall won't be open during the winter break in December.
University District Hotels
Other Seattle Hotels and Hostels
This is a service that allows individuals to list rooms, apartments, or full houses for rent for short periods of time (can be just a day or a few days, up to a few weeks). On their website you can search for available rooms in the Seattle area.
FIUTS Welcome Week Homestays
For new UW international students, the FIUTS homestay is a great option for your first week in Seattle. FIUTS hosts are volunteers who want to help welcome new students to Seattle and get to know people from around the world. A homestay is a great way to be welcomed to a new country and learn about the US, so we recommend this option for students who are seeking a cross-cultural experience. There is a fee for homestays - to apply, please see our Homestay Page. Please note that this option is only available for incoming UW international students and that homestays may last no more than 10 days. Applications MUST be received no less than one month in advance of your arrival in Seattle.
Winter Break Housing Options
Most UW residence halls will close for the winter break in December. Unless you live in one of the residence halls open during winter break (Stevens Court, Lander, Willow, Cedar, Nordheim, and Mercer A, B, and C), this can be a challenge for many international students. FIUTS has put together some resources for places to stay over the winter break that we hope you find helpful.
Seattle: Green Tortoise Hostel
105B Pike Street, Seattle WA 98101
Seattle: University Inn
4140 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Seattle: City Hostel
2327 2nd Ave Seattle WA. 98121
Vancouver: The Buchan Hotel
1906 Haro Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1H7 Canada
Seattle Pacific University Guesthouse
Seattle Pacific has a guesthouse available for rent on a first come, first served basis. The apartment sleeps four people, with two queen size beds. Cost is $75/night for the space no matter how many people are using it (4 people maximum). It has a television and couch in the living room, a dining room, a fully furnished kitchen, and a bathroom. SPU does not have guesthouse openings during their own campus closure.
Reservations can be made online at http://www.spu.edu/depts/conf-svcs/guesthouse.asp.
Lisa Burhenn, Customer Service Coordinator
Conference Services, Seattle Pacific University
Seattle: American Hotel
American Hotel is a new downtown hostel located in Seattle’s International District. The rates are $38 for a six-bed dormitory, $35 per night for a four-bed dormitory, and $75 for private a single room for one person, $104 for a private single room with two people, $139 for a private bedroom with up to four people, and $109 for a private suite with up to three people. All rates include sheets and free breakfast (served from 6-9 am.
520 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Updated: June 18, 2019
Seattle: Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Seattle: Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle/Lake Union
800 Fairview Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109
Seattle: Residence Inn Seattle Downtown/Convention Center
1815 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle: Hotel Hotel Hostel
3515 Fremont Ave. N
Seattle WA 98103
AirBNB is a service that allows individuals to list rooms for rent. Visit www.airbnb.com to search for available rooms in the Seattle area, or wherever you want to travel – they operate in many cities.
USA International: Homestays
USA International, Inc. is a north-Seattle (Bothell) organization that places international students in American homestays. They do offer a short term placement during winter break. Please contact them for specific information.
It is worth looking into subletting an apartment or room from someone who will be traveling for the holidays, or house- or pet-sitting for someone going out of town. Good places to do so are Craigslist (seattle.craigslist.org), UW OCHA (http://housing.asuw.org/) or the Seattle Times online classifieds (www.nwsource.com/classifieds/).
We also encourage students to use social networking to try to find a place to stay or to put together groups of students to stay together. You can join the group on Facebook called “FIUTS UW International Students” and post directly to the wall to connect with other students.