Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 2013


Western Washington University, Campus Community Coalition, Student Life


In Spring quarter of academic year 2011-2012, 3,571 students at Western Washington University were emailed to solicit their participation in the Off-Campus WWU Student Life Survey. This survey was sponsored by the Campus Community Coalition and was intended to generate a more accurate picture of the experiences of Western students living off-campus in Bellingham. One thousand twenty four students (28.7%) responded and 901 (25.2%) completed the survey in its entirety. Sixty seven percent of respondents were female, 80% (712) of students self-identified as Caucasian/white and 42.8% were seniors. Eight hundred and forty six (94%) of respondents indicated they were renters.

The Off-Campus Student Life Survey consisted of 67 questions in either open or closed choice format. Questions addressed the topics of: neighborhood experience, housing condition, knowledge of legal rights, experience with maintenance and requests for repairs, party etiquette, knowledge of community resources, and respondent demographics.

The goals of this project were to gain a better understanding of what students do not know about their legal rights and responsibilities so that university and community groups can better work to educate students, to collect data on landlord/tenant legal issues that could help inform city policy makers, to give students a chance to voice their opinions in a constructive way, and to encourage them to seek out assistance for any issues they have regarding housing.


Human Services and Rehabilitation

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Student housing--Washington (State)--Bellingham

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students

Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.)


student projects; term papers




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