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Vaccination Information for Student Housing

The following recommendations are based on CDC Guidelines and may change. For the most up to date requirements, please contact our Residence Life Staff by emailing

Pierce College is currently requiring all students to be vaccinated with exemptions for religious or medical reasons. For full details, review our Vaccinated Campus page.  Residence Life staff will be contacting each individual housing applicant after the initial application to verify status, request additional documents, and/or to arrange quarantine after international arrivals.

International Travel and Quarantine


If fully vaccinated with an FDA approved vaccine or vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization, students should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and have a viral test 3 - 5 days after travel. Find testing locations. If the test is positive or the student develops any symptoms, quarantine will be required.  If vaccinated, all homestay students will need to wear a mask in any shared space in the home until they have a negative test days 3 - 5 after international arrival. All residents at CGS will be required to wear a mask in common spaces regardless of vaccination status.


Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students will need to complete a quarantine after arriving. Students will need to remain in their designated quarantine location for up to 10 days after arrival. At days 3 - 5, housing students may choose to take a COVID-19 viral test and with a negative test be released from quarantine on day 7. Find testing locations. If students are not tested on days 3 - 5 and have no symptoms, they will need to complete a full 10 day quarantine from the date of arrival. If students develop any COVID-19 symptoms, they will need to quarantine for a full 10 - 14 days after arrival date or onset of symptoms and/or follow guidance given by local, state, or US government entities.

About the Pierce College Residence Hall

Your time outside of class is just as important as your time in class. Studies have shown that students who live in campus housing tend to get more out of their college experience and often earn higher grades.

The Pierce College Residence Hall – Center for Global Scholars (CGS) is traditional campus housing for both domestic and international Pierce College students. CGS values both student independence and a student’s need for community. It is a safe residential facility with events/programs and 24/7 assistance that provides opportunities to create meaningful relationships and grow leadership skills that support a student’s academic success and personal development.

CGS is conveniently located next to the bus stop and is an 8-minute bus ride from the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus. CGS is less than a 5-minute walk from a grocery store, various restaurants, Starbucks, Dollar Store and other convenient local services.

Check us out on Instagram @centerforglobalscholars to see more about your community.

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Benefits of Living in Campus Housing

students playing guitar in the lounge
  • Promotes safety and security while providing independence
  • Provides easy access to campus and community resources
  • Opportunity to learn about other cultures and lifestyles, form lifelong friendships, and create lasting memories
  • Community-based educational and social events and programs
  • Leadership and cross-cultural opportunities
  • Research has shown that students who live in campus housing do better academically
  • Students often highlight their living experience and the leadership opportunities they gained as a result of living at CGS on their university transfer applications and on job applications

Room and Building Description


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students playing game in residence hall kitchen


students exercising in residence hall fitness room

Room Furniture

  • Twin XL bed (bedding not included)
  • Nightstand
  • Wardrobe
  • Small personal drink refrigerator
  • Dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • Kitchen storage and shared refrigerator space

Building Amenities

  • Laundry room
  • Community activities
  • Community kitchen and dining room
  • Small personal drink refrigerator
  • Quiet room
  • TV lounge
  • Storage space
  • Fitness room
  • Shared use of dishes, pots, pans, etc.
  • Covered outdoor BBQ and picnic area
  • Room Wi-Fi and a wired internet connection
  • Outdoor courtyards
  • Bike storage
  • Common area Wi-Fi
  • 24/7 onsite staff support

All utilities are included in the room costs.

Room Types and Quarterly Costs

Double rooms are the most common type of room within CGS. There are a limited number of single and triple rooms. All rooms are fully furnished and equipped. A student’s specific room type and roommate request will be given when possible, but cannot be guaranteed.

Room Details

  • Single Room: Limited availability. Average of 121 square feet. No roommate.
  • Double Room: Most common. Average of 208 square feet. One roommate.
  • Triple Room: Limited availability. Average of 231 square feet. Two roommates.
  • Quad Room: One available. Average of 295 square feet. Three roommates.

Room Costs

  Single Room Double Room Triple Room Quad Room
Spring Quarter 2021 $2,600 USD $2,100 USD $1,700 USD $1,500 USD
Summer Quarter 2021 $1,890 USD $1,575 USD $1,260 USD $1,135 USD
Academic Year 2021 - 2022 (Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters) $2,600 USD per quarter
$7,800 USD for the academic year
$2,100 USD per quarter
$6,300 USD for the academic year
$1,700 USD per quarter
$5,100 USD for the academic year
$1,500 USD per quarter
$4,500 USD for the academic year
Winter Break (Dec. 9 - 26) $405 USD $330 USD $260 USD $235 USD

Gender-Inclusive Housing

CGS is committed to Pierce College’s vision of creating equity, inclusion and positive student experiences by providing students housing options that are inclusive of all gender identities. Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) is a great option for those for whom their sex assigned at birth does not match their gender identity, those who may be discovering their gender identity, those who do not wish to identify themselves by gender, allies of LGBTQIA+, and students who may feel more comfortable with a roommate of a different gender.  

Students who select this option in campus housing may share a room, hallway and community bathroom with students of any gender, gender identity, gender expression or sex. New and returning students interested in gender-inclusive housing should check the gender-inclusive housing option in the student interest section of the online application. Only applicants who specifically choose gender inclusive housing will be assigned to these spaces. GIH is not intended for students to live with a romantic partner and we strongly discourage this choice for anyone applying to live in the residence hall. 

We encourage all students to maintain an open dialogue with their families regarding housing decisions. Students over the age of 18 are legally able to make their own decisions regarding housing agreements. Students under the age of 18 are required to have parental consent. For questions about gender inclusive housing options or for more information please contact our Housing Team at

Important Dates to Remember

  Fall Quarter Winter Break Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter
Check In
*after 6 p.m., special appt. required
New Residents:
Sept. 10, 2021

Returning Residents:
No later than Sept. 12

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Current Residents:
Dec. 10, 2021

After 6 p.m. (no appt. needed)

New Residents:
Dec. 26, 2021

Returning Residents:
No later than Dec. 28

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New Residents:
March 28, 2021

Returning Residents:
No later than Mar. 31

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All Students:
June 24, 2021

By 6 p.m. (or by appt.)

Move Out or Check Out
(appt. required)
Dec. 9, 2021
By 6 p.m.
N/A March 23, 2021
By 6 p.m.
June 20, 2021
By 6 p.m.
Aug 26, 2021
By 6 p.m.

CGS will remain closed between August 26, 2021 at 6 p.m. and September 10, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Housing Agreements

Three-Quarter Housing Agreement Duration

  • Requires a commitment for the full academic year, beginning on fall quarter move-in dates through the end of spring quarter, unless assigned to move in after the fall quarter begins.
  • Refer to the housing agreement for cancellation and termination policies and deadlines.


  1. Student is currently or has been accepted as a student into Pierce College and will maintain status as a registered student (6 credits or more) and with good academic standing; or lived in CGS during the Spring Quarter 2021 and have applied to live in college housing for the Fall 2021 quarter. Students who are under academic concern or alert as outlined, may be required to meet regularly with academic support teams to maintain housing status; or,
  2. Student is an international student in valid F-1 visa status with Pierce College; AND who has applied for Optional Practical Training (OPT) AND within 1 month (30 days) of graduation must meet with Pierce College’s DSO Officer or SEVIS and Immigration Manager Susan Taylor (; and, is in pending status or has been approved for OPT and is compliant with all OPT related rules and regulations. International Students who are not in OPT pending or approved OPT status, are no longer eligible 30 days from day of denial notice.


  3. Student is 18 years of age or will become 18 years of age within one year of their occupancy term; AND
  4. Student has not been previously suspended or dismissed from the college under the student code of conduct, dismissed or evicted from any Pierce College campus housing program for violation of agreement or had filed unlawful detainer action with the campus.

Married students and students with children are not eligible; we recommend applying to apartments in the area.

How to Apply

As soon as you are admitted to Pierce College, you are eligible to complete a residence hall application.

  • Applications are accepted year round and rooms offered on a space-available basis.
  • CGS does not require a housing deposit.
  • A $300 non-refundable application fee is required. Payment of the application fee is the last step in completing a housing application. You may submit your application without the application fee, but the application will not be finalized without the fee.
  • Local domestic students are encouraged to tour the residence hall before applying. To set up a tour, email
  • Complete our online form to request a housing application.
  • Domestic students will complete a background check after submitting their application. Pierce College may not automatically or unreasonably deny an applicant's admission or restrict access to campus residency based on an applicant's criminal history in compliance with RCW 28B.160.020 and SB 6582. See the housing agreement for more information on criminal offenses.