Cascadia Community College recommends international students investigate their own housing options. Cascadia does not have residence halls or dormitories. The majority of international students at Cascadia stay with American host families. Many students also find comfortable apartments near the college. We provide you with some resources to help you with your research as you seek the best housing option for your time at Cascadia.
Transportation to and from Cascadia Community College is facilitated by public transportation through three bus agencies. The information is provide here as well. All Cascadia students are eligible to purchase a bus pass through the college. Students may also park their vehicles at the college after purchasing a quarterly parking pass.
We recommend that new international students strongly consider living in a homestay for at least the first year while studying in the United States. The many benefits of living with an American family include:
Cascadia refers all homestay housing requests to outside agencies. The agencies listed below are reputable, privately owned homestay agencies from which you can choose. Do not send your housing application and placement fee to Cascadia: it is your responsibility to communicate closely with your housing agent to arrange your own accommodations.
Apartments allow for a more independent living situation than a homestay, but there are many more responsibilities and costs associated with apartment living. In addition to monthly rent, you will need to pay for electricity and other utilities, cable and internet service, food, furniture, and other daily needs from toothpaste to cleaning supplies. You will also need to be at least 18 years old to rent an apartment.
Before you decide to rent an apartment, be sure to:
Questions to ask your landlord:
The following websites may be helpful if you are interested in renting an apartment. To help you locate local information at the sites listed, Cascadia is located in BOTHELL, WASHINGTON and our zip code is 98011.
Note: Cascadia is not affiliated with the sites listed above.
Useful Terms for Renters:
Sharing an apartment or house with other students or friends can be a good way to reduce your living expenses, but there are some important things to think about before you move in with roommates.
Issues to discuss with your potential roommate:
Over 400 buses stop at Cascadia each day, so getting to and from Cascadia is easy!
Cascadia offers an affordable rate for student bus passes, which are called ORCA Cards. You can buy your bus pass at Kodiak Corner and you will need to renew your bus pass every quarter.
Cascadia ORCA Cards are valid for transportation with the following public transportation services:
Planning a trip is easy using the Trip Planner tool. Simply enter an address or major landmark for the starting and end points of your trip and indicate when you need to arrive at your destination. The website will generate a transportation itinerary with route numbers, schedules, and transfer locations to your destination.