Planning for Off-Campus Living

Sophomores sometimes find that planning for their junior year living arrangements can be stressful. On this page you will find information on your three living options: living on-campus; living off-campus in a Whitman-owned home; or living off-campus in a non-Whitman-owned home. We hope this information will help you make the best decision that works for you.

  • Options for Whitman Students:
    • On-Campus Living: Great option for people not staying in Walla Walla for the summer (no summer rent), students going abroad (don't need to worry about your lease for the semester you aren't on campus), and people who want to keep living on campus. Priority for the housing drawing is by credit which helps in getting your favorite room.
    • Off-Campus Whitman-Owned Houses: Good option for living off-campus with some autonomy, yet having a Whitman College employee who is on call to help fix any problems you have.
    • Off-Campus Non-Whitman-Owned Houses: Options vary widely. Good option to learn more about the Walla Walla Community and leasing.
  • Pricing:
    • On-Campus Housing Charges for Fall 2016- Spring 2017:
      • Standard: $2,754/semester ($5,508/year)
      • Single: $3,475/semester ($6,950/year)
      • College House: $3,180/semester ($6,360/year)
      • Premium: $3,625/semester ($7,250/year)
      • For more information, contact Caitlin Neidhart (neidhaco@whitman.edu)
    • Whitman-Owned Off-Campus Houses:
      • $375-450/Month (includes utilities except internet)
      • $2250/semester; $4500/year
      • For more information, contact Cindy Russell (russelc2@whitman.edu)
    • Non-Whitman-Owned Off-Campus Houses:
      • $350-500+utilities 
      • $2100/semester;$4200/year - $3000/semester;$6000/year + Utilities
  • Timelines (on-campus, Whitman-owned off-campus, average landlord):
    • Whitman Residence Life: IHC Selection begins in March, Housing Lottery begins in April.
    • Whitman-Owned Off-Campus Houses: Early Second Semester every year. Information will be posted here.
    • Landlords around town: Some have houses filled in August-October (for the following academic year), others are often filling around March
  • Renter's Insurance
    • While not mandatory, getting renter's insurance is a great idea. 
    • You can get renter's insurance through most major insurance companies or sometimes as an add-on to a parent or guardian's home owner's insurance clause.
    • The Seattle Times wrote a great article about renter's insurance that you can find here.
  • Expectations landlords have for tenants
    • Be timely and communicative:
      • Pay your utilities and rent in a timely manner
      • Report problems in a timely manner
  • Expectations tenants have for landlords/landladies and Tenant Rights:
    • An excellent document for tenants about their rights can be found here.