Housing & Location


IslandWood’s main campus is on Bainbridge Island, WA, where graduate students can live, learn, and teach on 250 acres of Pacific Northwest forest. The island’s proximity to Seattle (just a 35-minute ferry ride) gives students easy access to the convenience, diversity, and resources of a modern city.  

Bainbridge is a caring, engaged, small-town community with a rich cultural and natural history. Bike-friendly and full of outdoor recreation opportunities, it is also just an hour or two from the Olympic Peninsula's stunning natural attractions. IslandWood is located three miles from the Bainbridge ferry terminal and the downtown corridor, on the South end of the Island near Lynwood Center (with a movie theater, bakery, coffee shop, restaurants, and a market). 


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.

On campus housing

All on-campus housing includes:

  • 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
The Graduate Lodge (6 occupants)

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.

Graduate Lodge

Graduate Lodge

The Graduate Commons and Cabins (16 occupants)

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.

Graduate Commons and Cabins

Off-Campus Housing

Graduate students sometimes choose to live off-campus because they have pets, partners, progeny, and/or would prefer more privacy. 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.

Due to the intensive nature of the graduate program, especially long days during teaching weeks, 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.