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 swimming pool, 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.
Application and Deposit Fees

There is a $125 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable. There is a $525 non-refundable deposit. Both of these fees will be applied to the student’s account along with their rent.

Apartment Housing Cost
Apartment Type Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Monthly Average
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath:          
Shared $938 $1093 $1093 $1093 $442
Single $1725 $2185 $2185 $2185 $690
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.


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.

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

$50 application one-time fee.

$500 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