The Department has several sources of support for qualified graduate students pursuing thesis research. We automatically consider all prospective students for such support.
With a few exceptions, the stipend for research assistantships (RAs), teaching assistantships (TAs), and fellowships is $2115 per month (2009-2010). Students on RA and TA appointments are exempt from most tuition and fees, and are covered by medical insurance.
RAs are available during the summer as well as the rest of the academic year. The academic-year stipend rate also applies in the summer. Moreover, if a student comes to the Department with a fellowship carrying a stipend below the prevailing departmental rate, the Department will provide a supplementary fellowship to bring the total to the prevailing rate.
Supported students must register for 10 or more credits per quarter and make satisfactory progress toward their degree. Regardless of the form of support, students are expected to work on their thesis research projects.
All graduate students must aid the Department by serving as TAs at some time during their UW tenure. Master's candidates on the thesis program normally serve for one quarter, and doctoral students serve for three. Each TA works closely with one or more faculty members, assisting in grading, handling undergraduate laboratory instruction, quiz sections, etc. The typical TA work load averages 20 hours per week.
Most graduate students, whether single or married, choose to live in privately operated apartments and rental homes in the community surrounding the University. The Seattle Times classified section is a good source for rentals in the area.
An alternative is campus living. The University provides housing for single students in a variety of residence halls. Living accommodations for married graduate students also are available in University-owned housing, which includes apartments and small houses located in five separate housing developments.
Housing costs vary widely, but most of our graduate students pay between $400 and $600 per month for a studio or one-bedroom apartment, or the shared cost of a house or multi-bedroom apartment.
Housing information and other assistance for new students may be obtained from:
Bus transportation is both excellent and inexpensive with the University's award winning U-PASS program. A U-PASS allows you to ride Metro and Community Transit buses anytime and just about anywhere in King and Snohomish counties. Express buses run directly between the University and other parts of the community. Special bicycle routes extend for several miles in and around the University. An automobile is not necessary, and perhaps not desirable, for comfortable living in Seattle.