International Education - Housing

Housing Options

Pierce College has a variety of housing options:


Many new international students choose a homestay because it is a great option to experience American culture firsthand. If you choose homestay, you will live with a carefully selected American host family. Hosts provide a private, fully furnished room, three meals a day, and a family atmosphere. There is a minimum one quarter stay to be eligible for homestay. The total cost is $650 per month paid after you move in and directly to your host family each month.

The Housing Office provides a supportive environment in which students are helped and encouraged to develop their skills in leadership, community building, and academic studies. Students under 18 are not eligible to live in the residence hall. Homestay options are available. Please contact George Scheffe, Homestay Manager, at 253-964-6593 or email

Become a Homestay Host Family

Want a global adventure in your own home? Consider hosting a Pierce College international student. Host families provide a critical learning experience for students and, in return, hosts learn about another culture and gain a lasting international connection. Visit the Homestay and Host Family page for detailed information.

Room for Rent (for international students)

If you wish to live independently and prepare your own meals, you can rent a private furnished room in the home of a local family. You will buy your own food, which you can prepare in the family kitchen. You will also have access to bathroom facilities in the home. Single rooms rent for $475 per month.


There are many apartments near the Pierce College campus, but we do not make placement arrangements. If you want to live in an apartment, we recommend that you start with a temporary homestay; once you are here, you can then choose your own apartment. Apartments rent for approximately $575 to $1,500 per month, depending on size, number of bedrooms, condition, and so on. In addition, you will be responsible for paying for electricity and heat, and you will pay a security deposit at the time of rental.

Note: Apartments in the U.S. usually come equipped with appliances, such as a stove, refrigerator, and heater, but they do not include furnishings. If you choose to live in an apartment, you should be prepared to buy or rent such things as beds, tables, chairs, telephones, televisions, linens, and kitchen utensils. We recommend apartment living only if you plan to attend Pierce for six months or longer.

Apartment search websites:

Center for Global Scholars – New residence hall opening Fall 2016!

The Center for Global Scholars (CGS) is a new residence hall for Pierce College students, officially opening for Fall 2016 quarter. This new residence hall is an interdependent global learning community for local domestic students and international students to promote cross-cultural understanding and academic success. Strong student support, unique learning opportunities, and academic presentations with a global emphasis will be an ongoing part of this learning community experience. Students will be well-supported with an onsite Resident Manager and 3 Resident Assistants, all of whom will live in the residence hall to offer support, guidance, and educational opportunities for student success.

We ask all residents to read and be familiar with both the Residence Hall Agreement and the
2016-17 Residence Hall Handbook.

Application Eligibility/Criteria

  • Must be a student taking at least 12 credits
  • Must be at least 18 years or older
  • Must have proper student visa status (international students) or must pass a background check (domestic students)
  • Married students and students with children are not eligible, so we recommend applying to apartments in the area.

2016-2017 Rental Rates for Residence Hall

Quarter Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy
Fall 2016 (3 months)$2,400$1,950$1,650
Winter 2017 (3 months)$2,400$1,950$1,650
Spring 2017 (3 months)$2,400$1,950$1,650
Summer 2017 (2 months)$1,600$1,300$1,100

Payment Information

Payments for Quarterly Rent

The entire quarterly housing payment must be paid before you can move into your room.

How to Make Payments

To pay online, please use the e-payment system.

You can also pay over the phone by calling Cashiering at 253-964-6700.

Important Dates and Arrival Information

Center for Global Scholars, Residence Hall
Winter 2017 - Spring 2017

February 15, 2017 DUE: Residence hall application and $300 fee
DUE: Full quarter payment for Spring 2017
February 28, 2017 DUE: Flight arrival times for 3/27 (new international students only)
March 23, 2017 Winter 2017 finals end
March 24, 2017 MOVE-OUT: Any residents who did not pay to stay over the break (by noon)
March 27, 2017 Arrival/pickup day 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (new international students only)
MOVE-IN: new international students only
April 2, 2017 MOVE-IN: Returning residents who did not pay to stay over the break (starting at 9 a.m.)
April 3, 2017 Spring 2017 classes begin

Airport Pickup

Based on your choice on the housing application under Arrival Information, the charge is only $25 if you arrive on designated arrival dates. If you plan to arrive early, you will need to make arrangements for transportation and hotel.

Current/Returning Students

If you are a current or returning student, the Housing Office does not offer airport service.

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Voice: 253-964-6229
Fax: 253-964-6256

Pierce College International Programs
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999

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Fax: 253-964-6256

Pierce College International Programs
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999

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