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 $625 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.

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)$2,250$1,950$1,650
Winter 2017 (3 months)$2,250$1,950$1,650
Spring 2017 (3 months)$2,250$1,950$1,650
Summer 2017 (2 months)$1,500$1,300$1,100

Lease and Payment Information

What is a lease?

A lease (contract) is a legal document outlining the terms under which one party agrees to rent property from another party. By signing a lease, one is promising to live in the apartment until the last day of the lease, pay rent on time, and follow all policies and expectations of the office/program/building. The lease also points out many safety issues of renting the space.

How long can I stay?

For the Center for Global Scholars Residence Hall we offer quarter length stays up to a 4 consecutive quarter maximum. You decide the lease length when you apply and indicate your choice on the application. If you wish to break your lease, you must find a non-resident to take the lease/space and bring them to the Housing Office. This person must still meet all criteria for living in the residence hall. A student may be released from their contract due to emergency circumstances at the discretion of the Housing Office and building management with adequate proof of the emergency.

Payments for Quarterly Rent

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

How to Make Payments

The $250 application fee is due when the application is submitted. It is non-refundable except in the case of visa denial or if we are unable to place you in a room. We accept payment by credit card, check (in US dollars, drawn on a US bank), wire, or money order. All students must pay their housing fees for the quarter before occupying their room. For new students, we recommend you make your rental payment before arriving. You can pay by wire, credit card, check, or money order. You will then be allowed to move in immediately once you arrive. You can pay your quarterly rental payment after arriving, but it must be done before you can move into your room. For continuing students, payment is due one month before the end of the previous quarter.

Be sure to include the student’s full name and student I.D. number (if known) with payment for any transaction.

Payment Options

Option 1: Credit Card
Pay by credit card by filling out the Credit Card Authorization on the application. Pierce College only accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Option 2: Check or Money Order
Make check out to Pierce College. You may mail a check or money order to:

Pierce College Housing Office C509
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Option 3: Wire Money
Please email and we will send you instructions.

Important Dates and Arrival Information

Important Dates Fall 2016

Residence Hall Application Due August 1
Homestay Application Due August 15 (no applications accepted after this date)
Approved Arrival Dates for All Housing September 13, 14, or 15. A $25 airport pickup fee applies to approved arrival dates. The fee is $75 for late arrivals. Early arrivals must arrange their own hotel and transportation.
IEP Testing September 19 and 20
New Student Orientation September 22–23
Classes BeginSeptember 26
Classes EndDecember 13

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.

At the Airport

When you arrive at the airport, look for the driver in the Baggage Claim Area #1. The driver will have a sign with your name or Pierce College written on it. Do not leave this area for 30 minutes. If you do not see the driver after 30 minutes, please call the Housing Emergency phone at 253-363-0687. When you arrive at the college, you will be brought to the Housing Office where you will check into the Residence Hall or meet your host family.

Current/Returning Students

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

Different Arrival Date? Ride Shuttle Express

If you are not arriving on our arrival dates or you are arriving to the Housing office on your own, we recommend using Shuttle Express for airport pickup:

Shuttle Express Contact Information:
Phone: 425-981-7000

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

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

Submission of Applications


Fax: 253-964-6256

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

Study-Abroad Opportunities

For American students

Shannon Scott
Program Specialist/International Education Admissions

The International Club

Breanna Baker
Activities Coordinator

Housing and Homestay

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