Housing and Location


Housing and Location

The graduate program is held on a 250-acre forested campus on Bainbridge Island, WA, and includes a graduate housing area. The island’s proximity to Seattle (just a 35-minute ferry ride away) gives students easy access to the convenience and resources of the city.

About Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island is part of the ancestral lands of the Suquamish Tribe, and is a small-town community with a rich and complex cultural and natural history. Hiking and trail running are available on campus, and kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding, beach access, mountain biking, and miles and miles of more hiking are available within minutes of IslandWood.


Bike-friendly and full of outdoor recreation opportunities, Bainbridge Island is also just an hour or two from the Olympic Peninsula’s wilderness areas. IslandWood is located three miles from the Bainbridge ferry terminal, on the South end of the island near Lynwood Center. Lynwood Center features an art house movie theater, bakery, coffee shop, restaurants, and a market. A ten minute drive from campus, downtown Winslow features a variety of additional restaurants, breweries (brewery trivia nights have been especially popular with past grads), coffee shops, and more.

Campus Tour

In both the short and full version of our campus tour, Michela Dimond, our Graduate Program Manager, walks you through highlights of our beautiful campus!


If you’d also like to visit us in person, please reach out to Michela!

“What exactly does it mean to live, learn, and grow in a Professional Learning Community? It means there is always someone around to ask questions, rant to, or just hang out with. I experience a sense of security and warmth knowing there are people around, but I can always retreat to my room if I need time to myself.”

– Julia Glassy, Class of 2019


We offer low-cost, on-campus housing for up to 22 graduate students, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Located on a private section of our 250-acre campus, the Graduate Housing Area is an approximately 15-minute walk on our trails from our main campus.

  • A private, furnished room (twin XL bed, desk, chair, bookshelf, side table, desk lamp) with a landline and high-speed Internet/Wi-Fi
  • A shared furnished common area with TV and DVD player
  • Full kitchen with dishwasher and dining area
  • Washer and dryers
  • Study room with wireless printer
  • Outdoor firepit
  • Graduate garden and compost
  • Meadows

This building houses six people and features a spacious, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, three bathrooms, a study room, and a laundry facility. Each of the six bedrooms has a closet, twin (long) sized bed, side table, desk, bookshelf, and lamp. Lodge rooms provide slightly less personal room space than the cabins, but the kitchen and other shared spaces are occupied by only five other students and are housed within the same building. See the floor plan of the Grad Lodge here!

The Commons is a shared facility that includes a fully equipped kitchen, living area, study, and laundry facility. Eight nearby cabins house two students each and include a shared bath. Each student has a separate entry, loft, closet, twin (long) sized bed, side table, desk, bookshelf, throw rug, and lamp. The cabin living arrangement provides more personal living space and a shared common space with fifteen other students. See the floor plan for the grad cabins here.

Graduate students sometimes choose to live off-campus. Due to the intensive nature of the graduate program, off-campus graduate students are encouraged to find housing on Bainbridge Island or no further than Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula or downtown Seattle. Living beyond these areas will be time-consuming, costly, and exhausting for most people. Public transportation is limited between our campus and the ferry terminal or to other parts of Kitsap Peninsula.


Affordable rentals in the region can be hard to find. Please advise our staff if you will be seeking off campus housing as we occasionally learn of housing opportunities.

Explore the Graduate Housing Area

Check out this video for a peek at the graduate campus! Nestled in the woods, and ideal for resting, studying, and building community, the graduate housing area includes a lodge, indoor and outdoor common areas, and eight cozy cabins.


There are a variety of transportation options available to IslandWood students who do not have access to a car, including:

  • Bus service to IslandWood from the ferry terminal
  • BI Ride for on-island transportation
  • Ferry service to Seattle


The University of Washington fees included in the cost of tuition cover a student pass on the Seattle metro system and Bainbridge Island bus system. Ferry fares will be covered by IslandWood when traveling to class on the University of Washington’s campus.