Resident Resources

Get Involved

One of the major benefits to living on campus is how easy it is to get to campus events and get involved. The links below highlight a few ways to learn about what is happening on campus. Your RA can also recommend specific organizations or events that meet your individual interests.

  • UW Tacoma Residence Life Facebook Page: The RAs will post about upcoming events in Court 17 or across campus.
  • Student Engagement Home: Student Engagement houses all registered student clubs and organizations (RSOs), your student government (ASUWT), the Student Activities Board (SAB), Volunteer Services, the campus newspaper (The Ledger), Recreation & Fitness...just to name a few! No matter your interests, Student Engagement has a place for you.
  • Student Involvement Facebook Page: Your Facebook link to what is happening on campus.
  • DawgDen: DawgDen is our campus engagement online resource. You are able to search through over 80 RSOs and Leadership Programs simply by logging in with your UW NetID.
  • University Events Calendar: Many campus units utilize the events calendar to post upcoming workshops, fairs or social opportunities.

Develop Positive Roommate Relationships

UW Tacoma is committed to creating a positive living environment for our residents. Residents will be held accountable to the Housing Agreement.

You will notice the word "positive" - not the word "easy." Positive growth can happen through challenging conversations, managing conflict with civility, learning to voice your needs and listening to others.

Our goal is to provide you resources to prepare and work through conflict as it arises.

Resource #1: The Roommate Agreement

When you move in to UW Tacoma Housing, you will be required to complete a Roommate Agreement. This document will walk you through many common pitfalls in a roommate relationship — cleanliness, guests, belongings and noise. The more discussion and detail you bring to this document, the easier it will be to live together. When each of you sign the agreement, you are stating that your roommates can expect you to follow and be held accountable to the items discussed in the document.

Done correctly, this document will prevent many minor conflicts from occurring. You may discover that a revision is needed to this document.

Resource #2: The Resident Assistants (RAs)

An RA is a sounding board for each resident and works towards the benefit of the community as a whole. The role of the RA in navigating roommate conflicts is two-fold:

  1. Preparing you for your conversation with your roommate. They can listen, provide a different perspective, and role-play the conversation before it happens.
  2. Mediating the conversation with roommates. RAs have been trained with basic mediation skills to assist in facilitating conversations between roommates.

A secondary mediation may be available by a staff member within Student Engagement after the roommates have had a meeting facilitated by one of the RAs.

Resource #3: Room Change Request Form

Residents may request a room change only after a consultation with RAs and Student Engagement staff. These requests will only be processed during the third and eighth weeks of fall, winter or spring quarters.

  • The resident who is requesting to be moved must meet with Residence Life Coordinator Brittany Iwaszkiw. Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are based upon availability of the pending request.
  • After meeting, the resident will receive an email notifying them of their assignment and further instructions.
  • The resident must complete their move and check out with their RA by the specified deadline or the move will be forfeited and/or improper check-out fees assessed.
  • Room changes will not be accepted at any other point during the year, unless approved by the Housing professional staff. Students who change rooms without following the above guidelines, or receiving expressed permission, will move back into their original space and are subject to disciplinary action.

Room change requests involving safety issues may bypass the mediation process and be addressed directly with the Housing professional staff. Safety issues may include matters related to a person's race, creed, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, religion, age, disability national origin, or other characteristic that could cause a safety concern if addressed through the normal mediation process. Room change requests based on safety are given first priority.

Pay my Rent

UW Tacoma offers students the choice to pay their rent either monthly or quarterly. Students select their payment plan using the Payment Plan Form, which is submitted at the same time as their signed Housing Agreement.

Log in to MyUW to view your housing charges, due dates, and to pay rent.

To change your housing payment plan or if you have questions about billing, please contact court17@uw.edu.

Note for financial aid recipients: If you plan to use your financial aid to pay for your housing, please be mindful of your bank account at the beginning of each quarter. If you see a larger financial aid deposit than you are expecting, your rent may not have been deducted from your aid before being deposited. If this is the case, simply log in to MyUW and pay your rent with the funds you received.

If you have questions regarding your financial aid package, please contact the the Office of Financial Aid.

Park or Find Other Transportation Options

Parking at Court 17

Residents may purchase a parking pass for the Court 17 garage. This is billed quarterly at a cost of $210. Students indicate their request for parking on the Payment Plan Form, which is submitted at the same time as their signed housing agreement. The parking fees will be added to your student account and are payable through MyUW.

Parking permits are distributed at the Finance and Administration Office, located on the 4th floor of the Carlton Center.

To request or cancel a parking pass in the middle of the year, please submit your request in writing to court17@uw.edu. Your request will not be processed until the beginning of the next month.

Additional Travel Options

UW Tacoma is committed to providing many accessible options for students to travel to and from campus. Read more about the many carpool, UPASS, bus, and train resources at the "Getting To Campus" page.

ZipCar

ZipCar is a car sharing program that allows you to rent a car on an hourly or daily basis. Every reservation includes a complimentary gas card, driver's insurance, and up to 180 free miles per day. You must purchase an individual membership to ZipCar in order to access this service.

Downtown: On the Go!

Downtown: On the Go! offers incentives to use sustainable transportation and to live in the downtown Tacoma area.

Disclaimer: UW Tacoma does not recommend or endorse any specific transportation mode. These are only to serve as resources to those searching for related services.

Basic Apartment Living Essentials

All residents receive the New Resident Guide with their move-in instructions. Please refer to this document for many of your initial questions or concerns regarding daily living within Court 17.

Maintenance Requests:

Maintenance requests are submitted using the Housing Portal.  A valid UW NetID is required to access the Housing Portal.  Work requests in Court 17 can be addressed Monday through Friday between 12:30pm and 3:00pm by UW Tacoma Facilities Services staff members.

Maintenance Emergencies:

Emergencies are items that require immediate attention, such as water leaks or no heat during severely cold weather. To report emergencies, contact:

  • Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, contact the Court 17 Front Desk at (253) 274-9000 or by stopping by the Court 17 Lobby.
  • After 5:00pm, on weekends, or on University holidays, contact the on-call RA at (253) 355-6674

Trash & Recycling:

Trash chutes and small recycling bins are located on each floor. Please break down all cardboard boxes and stack in or near the recycling bins. Do not throw cardboard boxes down the chute, as this will cause the chute to clog and become inoperative for all. Please use tall kitchen-size garbage bags only.

Plumbing:

Water shut-off valves are located under the sink in both the bathroom and the kitchen. The dishwasher cut-off is also under the sink. Please do not attempt to make any plumbing repairs yourself beyond plunging your toilet. Clogged toilets are the responsibility of the residents; please purchase a plunger.

Garbage Disposal:

This appliance is for use with food products only. Please be aware of not placing anything hard, such as rocks, silverware, or any other product that is not malleable and may dull blades or get stuck in the disposal. Avoid disposing coffee grounds, melon rinds, or potato peelings.

Bicycle Storage:

Secured bicycle storage is located on the first level of the parking garage.  Access is provided to Court 17 residents at no cost.  To request access to the bicycle storage are, email court17@uw.edu.

Housing Appliances:
How to Use the Oven

Step One: Preheating

  • Before using the oven, check to make sure that the oven is empty.
  • Make sure to preheat the oven according to the recipe's instructions. Press the "preheat" button on the control panel and then set your oven to the appropriate temperature.
  • Try to let your oven heat up for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step Two: Cooking

  • Now that your oven is ready to use, open the door and insert the food onto the rack.
  • Try to place the food in the center of the middle rack. This allows for optimal cooking.
  • Avoid wrapping the racks with aluminum foil. This usually disrupts airflow and prevents your food from cooking thoroughly.
  • You can also use glass or ceramic dishes for cooking. These usually decrease the cooking time.
  • Set your timer in accordance to the instructions listed in the recipe.
  • Try to avoid opening the oven door while your food is cooking. If you wish to check on your food's progress, use your oven's interior light.

Step Three: Check Your Food

  • Open the oven door when the timer rings and make sure your food is fully cooked. Don't forget to use mitts when touching the pan!
  • To check meat: Insert a food thermometer into the thickest portion of the meat you are attempting to cook.
  • To check breads, cakes or brownies: Insert a toothpick into the center of the dish. If the toothpick comes out clean, then it is finished.

Step Four: Finish Up

  • Now that your food is thoroughly cooked, remove it from the oven.
  • Place hot pans on oven mitts, the stove top or on a purchased cooling rack. Do not place hot pans directly on the counter top.
  • Make sure to turn the temperature knob to the "Off" position.
  • Once cool, wipe down any spills inside the oven. This will make sure these leftover foods do not burn and smoke up the apartment the next time you cook.

How to Use the Washer

Today's washing machines come with a wide range of controls. However, the process is fairly simple and sometimes only requires two main steps (adding soap and adjusting the knob).

Step One: Load the Washer

  • The first thing you need to do is load the washer with the clothes you want to wash. However, this is often the most challenging step.
  • Do not overload the machine! Your clothing should have enough space to move freely. If you load beyond this point your clothing will not get clean and you could flood the apartment.
  • It's important to make sure that you are only washing clothes that share similar colors.
  • Be sure to use soap designed specifically for washing clothes within a washing machine. You will want to read the soap packaging for detailed instructions. If you choose to add liquid fabric softener at this stage, follow the package instructions.

Step Two: Select Cycle

  • Select the appropriate cycle for the garments. Most clothing will have a tag on the inside which tells you how to wash and care for the clothing.
  • Permanent-press is used when washing colored garments such as pants, khakis, polo shirts and dress socks. Make sure to check the labels on each of the garments for instructions before you drop them in the washer. Permanent-press washes with warm water and rinses with cool. This cleans and protects the fabric of your colored garments.
  • Regular cycles are used when washing white clothes. This cycle uses hot water to remove stains from your clothing such as underwear, gym socks, T-shirts and undershirts. This cycle can also cause colored fabrics to fade over time.
  • Delicate is selected for clothing that is lightweight or less durable. You can usually tell if clothes are delicate by handling the garment. However, make sure to check the label before you drop them in the washer. Sometimes delicate clothes can be wash-by-hand or dry-clean-only. Delicate items often include dry-fit wear, linen shirts and cotton sweaters. The fabric in delicate garments tend to stretch, therefore cycle utilizes cold water to remove stains.

Step Three: Remove Clothing

  • Remove washed clothing promptly to prevent moldy or smelly clothing.

How to Use the Dryer

Dryers also come with a wide range of controls. However, the process is fairly simple and sometimes only requires two main steps (adding fabric softener sheets and adjusting the knob).

  • After washing, follow the garment instructions for drying. You may want to hang-dry delicate clothing or cotton clothing that might shrink, rather than using the dryer.
  • When using the dryer, simply adjust the knob to match the selection you used during the washing process (Regular, Permanent-press or Delicate). You will also notice an additional setting under "Delicate" labeled Air fluff. This selection is used when softening a stiff pair of jeans.
  • You may choose to add a fabric softener sheet before you start the laundry.
  • When ready to use, adjust the knob to the appropriate time (times can vary depending on how wet the clothes are).
  • When you hear a buzzing noise, check to see if your clothes are fully dry. Run them through the dryer again if not dry. Remove promptly to prevent wrinkles.

Purchasing Food & Dining Out

Every student needs to eat! These links will provide information for dining out around campus, buying groceries, and a few recommended recipes to get you started.

Dining Out

  • Take a walk along Pacific Avenue around campus for dining options!
  • Yelp
  • Zomato (formerly Urbanspoon)

Nearest Grocery Stores

  • Safeway, 1112 South M Street, Tacoma, WA 98405 (1.1 miles away)
    • Accessible via bus route 28
  • Stadium Thriftway, 618 North 1st St, Tacoma, WA 98403 (1.6 miles away)
    • Accessible via bus route 48, 16 or 11
  • Broadway Farmer's Market, 950 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402 (0.6 miles away)
    • Open Thursdays from 10 - 3 from May-October
    • Accessible via bus route 2

Simple Recipes

Housing Policies and Procedures

As a condition of living in Court 17, you agree to not violate any laws and to respect the rights, privileges and property of other students, guests, tenants of Court 17, staff and visitors. While living at Court 17, you agree to abide by all Court 17 Community Standards and the Student Housing Standards of Conduct.

Housing Agreement and Standards of Conduct

If the Student Engagement staff receives an allegation that a student has violated one or more of these policies, the student may be held accountable through the Housing Standards process and the Student Conduct process.

Housing Conduct Process

  • University receives a report detailing alleged violation of the Housing Agreement. Student Engagement staff member notifies student of the date and time for a Housing Standards Meeting.
  • Student attends a Housing Standards Meeting, conducted by a University official. During this meeting, the student has the right to hear the allegations against him/her, review the related incident report, and respond to the allegations.
  • The Student Engagement staff member will conduct a further investigation, as needed.
  • Once the investigation has concluded, the Student Engagement staff member will determine, based on the preponderance of evidence, whether a student is responsible for violating the Housing Agreement. The "preponderance of evidence" standard simply means that it must be "more likely than not" that the student violated the agreement.
  • The student receives a Decision Letter informing them of the finding of the investigation. If a student is found responsible for a violation, the sanctions will be detailed in this report.

Student Conduct Process

All students who are enrolled on any of the three University of Washington campuses (Tacoma, Seattle or Bothell) are held accountable to the Student Conduct Code. The code outlines both the expectations for behavior and the procedures for handling violations of the conduct code.

More information about the Student Conduct Process is available, please visit the Conduct for Students website.

Procedures for Moving In and Out of my Apartment

Moving Into Your Apartment

New residents will receive detailed instructions regarding housing move-in via email prior to their move in date. These instructions will include a time and date for your arrival.

These instructions will get you as far as the doorstep. There are a few additional tasks for you to complete upon your arrival.

Apartment Condition Report

When you check in to Housing, you will receive a blank Apartment Condition Report (ACR). This document should be completed before you move many items into the room. This is your opportunity to document any pre-existing damage and ensure that you will not be charged for this damage at the end of the year. Check that you have included your move in date and appropriate notes before returning the form to your RA. This form must be turned in within 24 hours of your arrival.

Please note: If there is any damage which needs immediate attention, please note it on the ACR and submit a maintenance request using the Housing Portal.

Roommate Agreement

Every apartment must have an updated Roommate Agreement on file at the beginning of the year. This paperwork documents the day-to-day living agreements that all residents agree to respect. Use this as an opportunity to get to know your roommates and set clear boundaries. UW Tacoma Housing will keep this document for future reference, should any roommate concerns come up throughout the year. This form must be turned in within one week of moving in to the apartment.

Please note: ANY revisions to this document must be signed by all residents and turned in to the RA.

Moving Out of Your Apartment

UW Tacoma Housing occupancy terms are from mid-September to mid-June. When it is time to move out, follow these steps to ensure a smooth move out process.

  • Schedule a check out appointment with an RA at least 48 hours in advance. This is required to give them time to gather paperwork for your apartment walkthrough and check out process.
  • Clean your apartment, including bathroom and common areas, very thoroughly. This includes all floors, surfaces, and the interior of drawers and cabinets. A thorough cleaning will help you to avoid charges for apartment cleaning and repairs. When you check out, the RAs will do a full assessment of the cleanliness and condition of the apartment.
    • Be prepared and on time for your RA appointment.
    • Verify that your check out paperwork has been completely filled out (including check out date and notes) before signing.
    • Return your keys and access card to the RA at the time of your appointment.

Early Arrival/Late Departure

Students may request to arrive prior to the beginning or to stay beyond the end of his/her occupancy period at a prorated per night cost. All requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance to court17@uw.edu and are subject to approval.

Housing Appeal Process

Residents may request an appeal for review through our HOUSING APPEAL FORM

Questions about the Appeal process can be sent to court17@uw.edu