Housing & Basic Needs

Emergency Support

Are you homeless and need a place to live right now?

The SPSCC Basic Needs Assistance program provides access to temporary housing and food to students experiencing homelessness. Student can also get access to laundry facilities, showers and lockers, storage, food, and student laptops.

Start by submitting a Basic Needs Assistance application.

By submitting an application, the applicant acknowledges that SPSCC may complete a background check.

Do you need help paying rent or utilities?
  • A variety of Emergency Grants, like paying past due rent, utilities, car repairs, or medical bills, are available year-round to help meet SPSCC students’ immediate needs. These grants are supported by the SPSCC Foundation.
  • If you are experiencing hardships due to COVID-19 please contact your Ed Planner or Financial Aid Advisor through Compass, there may be assistance available.

SPSCC Housing Programs

Students at South Puget Sound Community College can choose to live with a local family, rent an apartment or live with local relatives or friends.

About the SPSCC Apartment Program

Program Overview

Only minutes from campus, students can enjoy safe, high-quality apartments. Apartments provide an opportunity to live with other SPSCC students within walking distance from campus. They are also close to bus lines, restaurants, and shopping. Each apartment has a shared living area, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. They also have a stove/oven, refrigerator/freezer, washer/dryer, and dishwasher. Each apartment complex has a workout gym, and community center. Rental rates for apartments are affordable and competitive. Billing your rent and utilities to your student account once per quarter leaves more time to focus on academics. Students must be 18 to live in an apartment, and apartments are limited. We have 2-bedroom units, and 3-bedroom units each with two bathrooms. There are two options: a student can rent a private bedroom, or share a room (for a lower rental rate).

Rental Policies
  • Rent for apartments is applied on a quarterly basis, rather than month-to-month. Rent and housing fees are applied to your student account, just like tuition, class fees, and other student costs. Students may use the college payment plan to pay for these costs in addition to their tuition and fees.
  • SPSCC Code of Conduct
  • SPSCC Apartment Handbook
Application Policies and Procedures

All steps of the application process must be completed in order for your application to be considered:

  • Submit the online application
  • Cleared background check.
  • Upon determining eligibility and once space is available an applicant will receive an offer of placement via e-mail along with instructions for next steps.
  • Accept placement offer by indicated deadline. Failure to meet this deadline may result in SPSCC moving down the waitlist and your application moving to the bottom of the list.
  • Schedule a lease signing appointment. You will receive your keys and can move into your apartment upon signing your lease.
  • We offer leases based on the academic schedule and residents have the option to renew their lease each quarter.
Release of Liability, Informed Acknowledgement of and Consent to Risk

By submitting and signing an application, I agree to the following statements: I certify that all the information given is complete and accurate. I agree to comply and follow the policies and procedures outlined in the SPSCC Apartment Lease and Handbook. I agree to pay all the fees associated with my participation in this program. I understand that housing is not required by SPSCC, and participation in this program is my voluntary choice. I understand that neither SPSCC nor any of its agents or guardians are insurers of my safety and the safety of my belongings, and that SPSCC does not provide special insurance for my protection. SPSCC and its employees will be held harmless from and against all claims, damages, actions liability and expense concerning injuries to me and my personal property that may arise. The terms hereof shall serve as a release and assumption of risk for my heirs, executor and administrators and for all members of my family. I certify that I am of lawful age and am competent to sign this statement of Informed Acknowledgment and Consent or if I am under 18, my parent/guardian is competent to sign on my behalf. I hereby voluntarily sign this document and knowingly assume the risks associated with this program, and knowingly release and hold harmless from liability SPSCC as above-described.

I HAVE FULLY INFORMED MYSELF OF THE CONTENTS OF THIS RELEASE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY READING IT BEFORE I SIGNED IT. I CERTIFY UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON THAT THE FOREGOING IS TRUE AND CORRECT.

Application and Deposit Fees

There is a $125 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable. There is a $550 non-refundable deposit. Both of these fees will be applied to the student’s account along with their rent.

Apartment Housing Cost

Student Apartment Rates 2021-2022

DEPOSIT (One-Time): $550.00
APPLICATION FEE (One-Time): $125.00

QUARTER RATE: Fall 2021  
Single Occupancy $3,400.00
Double Occupancy $1,900.00
DAILY RATE $25.00
QUARTER RATE: Summer 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022  
Single Occupancy $2,550.00
Double Occupancy $1,425.00
DAILY RATE $25.00
Background Checks

By submitting an application, the applicant acknowledges that SPSCC may complete a background check.

Waitlist and Room Offers

Due to heavy demand for apartment accommodations, we may be full at the time you apply or your preference may not be available. If there are no current vacancies, applicants will be placed on a waitlist. When an apartment becomes available, the SPSCC housing coordinator will notify the next eligible applicant on the waitlist.

Lease Information and Schedule

The student’s lease is renewed each quarter, on a cycle that follows the schedule for academic costs (tuition, class fees, etc.). Every quarter around registration time, the SPSCC Housing Coordinator will email each resident about the lease renewal process and deadlines. Residents can decide whether they want to stay in the apartment program for the following academic quarter, or seek out other housing options. At this time, the housing coordinator also offers the following quarter’s payment-schedule deadlines, giving students time to set up their payment plan with the college. This simple mid-quarter renewal process gives students plenty of time to plan ahead.

Apartment Lease Calendar 2021-2022        
  Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
Move In 6/28/2021 9/6/2021 12/21/2021 4/1/2022
Move Out 8/27/2021 12/14/2021 3/28/2022 6/25/2022
Apartment Inspection Week 8/2/2021 11/15/2021 2/7/2022 5/9/2022
Subsequent Lease Renewal Deadline 7/13/2021 12/3/2021 2/25/2022 5/27/2022
Housing Fees Applied to Student Account 6/8/2021 8/24/2021 12/7/2021 3/8/2022

About the SPSCC Homestay Program

Program Overview

The most affordable option is the SPSCC Homestay Program. Homestay is a great way to experience local culture. Our diverse hosts consist of females, males, couples with children, single parents with children, retired persons, and persons who practice religion. Your host will provide you with a private room and most meals.

Host families are on a convenient bus line to SPSCC. All SPSCC students are provided free bus transportation. Homestays are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply for this program by submitting a Student Homestay Application. 
Homestay Placement Fee

$125 application one-time fee.

$550 one-time placement fee for students who join the Homestay Program. Students receive the Homestay matching service, continued support from the staff throughout their time at SPSCC and airport pick up.

SPSCC offers two homestay options
  • Complete Homestay | $680 per month
    Breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week, of which the host provides food and the student prepares breakfast and lunch, and 5 dinners a week, of which the host prepares.

  • Partial Host | $575 per month
    No meals provided; the host provides a furnished private room for the student, WIFI and access to a kitchen.

Matching and Placement Information

After a student submits a homestay application, SPSCC begins the matching process for that specific term. This process can take up to two – 4 weeks. Applying early DOES give you priority in the matching process, but all students will receive their family's profile approximately 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Program and Homestay Policy Information

Homestay Handbook