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Housing Options for International Students

We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly and safe campus! 

Located south of Seattle, only 40 minutes from the Seattle-Tacoma airport in the City of Lakewood, we're ready to help you every step of the way, from the time you apply to the time you graduate.

We offer airport pickup, housing assistance and personal attention with helping you settle in.

International students have three housing options to choose from:

  1. Homestay

    Living with an American host family provides you many benefits including learning English quicker! Your host family will provide you a safe living environment and a home away from home, and help you get a smooth transition to the American way of life. They also help you with various basic needs, such as opening a bank account, obtaining a WA driver’s license or WA identification card, teaching you how to ride a bus, etc. Experience American cultures, traditions and holiday celebrations with your host family! They may even take you on family outings such as movie, bowling, sports games, camping, hiking, and more!

    There is a homestay application fee of $275.00, which is non-refundable except in the case of visa denial.

    Standard Full Homestay

    The standard full homestay option comes with a fully furnished private room, free Wi-Fi, and two meals per day. The standard full homestay fee is $700 a month.

    Partial Homestay

    The partial homestay option comes with a fully furnish private room, free Wi-Fi, but no meal. The partial homestay fee is $500 a month. If you wish to apply for homestay, please contact the International Office staff at for more information.
  2. Residence Hall Living

    Clover Park Technical College partners with the Pierce College Center for Global Scholars (CGS) Residence Hall and CPTC international students are eligible to apply.

    The CGS Residence Hall is located 2.5 miles from CPTC Lakewood Campus. Both CPTC Lakewood Campus and CGS Residence Hall are conveniently located next to a bus stop for easy bus access and commute.

    All eligible CPTC students can get a FREE bus pass from CPTC Department of Student Life. 

    Room Type & Price - You may choose from four room options:

    Room Type

    # of Roommates

    (Fall, Winter & Spring)


    Cost of One Year
    (4 quarters)

    Double Room


    $2,100 per quarter



    Triple Room


    $1,700 per quarter



    Quad Room


    $1,500 per quarter



    Single Room


    $2,600 per quarter



    To apply for the residence hall, a $300 non-refundable application fee is required.

    Students must contract separately during Winter Break, which runs from 6pm on December 10, 2020 through 9am on December 28, 2020.

    Winter Break

    Single Room

    Double Room

    Triple Room

    Quad Room

    (December 10 – 28)

    $405 USD

    $330 USD

    $260 USD

    $235 USD

    For more information on the residence hall living or the residence hall application process, please contact CPTC International Education Programs at

  3. Independent Living in Apartment near CPTC Campus

    (NOT recommended for students who are new to the U.S.)

    The average monthly rent ranges from $750 to $1,500, depending on number of bedrooms, size, location, and amenities. Additionally, students pay for their own food and utilities.

    Assistance is available for students who pay the International Housing Application Fee (currently $150, non-refundable, subject to change).

    Housing and other college fees are not inclusive. Costs are subject to change based on the local housing market.

    Clover Park Technical College partners with Echelon Apartments located just across the street from Lakewood Campus. CPTC international students can apply for lease in a streamlined application process. Please contact International Education to  learn more about the process.


    For help with your application, contact us at or call us at +1-253-589-6089.