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Average Price of a Three Bedroom Apartment in Seattle

Average Price of a Three Bedroom Apartment in Seattle

Kassie Shanafelt
Sep 28, 2020

Welcome to the Emerald City! If you’re moving to Seattle and on the hunt for a new three bedroom, this is your ultimate guide. Whether you’re moving to Seattle for the great outdoor activities or because you’re starting at University of Washington (UW) or a new job, we’ve got you covered when it comes to finding a three-bedroom apartment. 

Here’s the breakdown on the average cost of a three-bedroom apartment in Seattle and other things you might need to keep in mind.

Downtown Seattle

Cost breakdown for a three bedroom: 

Zumper lists the average cost for a three-bedroom apartment in Seattle as $2,995 as of September 2020. However, don’t let that number scare you. Since you’re looking for a three-bedroom, you can split the rent with two roommates. That would run you about $998 per month.

Best Neighborhoods Near UW

The best neighborhoods to live in if you’re a UW student are Highland Park or the University District. There the average cost of a three bedroom is only $2,195 per month, which would put your portion of the rent at only $731. This can be especially helpful if you’re looking for an apartment near the University of Washington and don’t have a high budget.

Neighborhoods With the Cheapest Rent

The neighborhoods with the cheapest rent tend to be far from the city center, so you should probably only consider these if you have a car. To the north, the neighborhoods with the cheapest rent are Bitter Lake and Victory Heights. To the South-East Rainier View also has cheap rent.

Neighborhoods With the Best Transit and Walkability

Conversely, if you don’t have a car and are looking for an apartment near the city center with great transit and walkability, the best neighborhoods include downtown, Belltown, and Pioneer Square. In addition to public transportation and walkability, these also offer great nightlife and restaurants.

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Consider Coliving

Now that you know what to expect in pricing, it’s time to look for a place and the people you want to live with—which can be the most overwhelming part of your search. Fortunately for you, there’s a coliving company called Tripalink that can be a great help if you’re looking for a one bedroom. 

If you’re moving to Seattle without knowing anyone, it can seem scary to just find random roommates online. Tripalink uses a roommate matching survey to pair you with people who are compatible with your personality and living styles. And if you already have two friends you’d like to live with, Tripalink can accommodate that too. 

Additionally, every apartment includes utilities in the rent so there’s no surprises! They also offer a weekly cleaning service of shared spaces to help relieve some stress and reduce roommate conflicts. Tripalink offers lots of different apartments in Seattle, including every option from a studio to a 9 bedroom apartment!


Now you’ve got everything you need to start your search: the background information on pricing, the best locations for your budget and preferences, and a great way to find roommates. Seattle is ready for you! 

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