UW Student Housing and Food Insecurity Survey

We urge you to participate in this research study on student experiences with housing and food. This tri-campus study is motivated by concern for the well-being of university students in light of the increased costs of living in the Puget Sound region and the lack of systematic information about how students on all three UW campuses are affected by the economic changes in our region.


Please take 10-15 minutes of your time to share your valuable thoughts in this voluntary and confidential survey. The survey will be open through March 16, and participants will be entered into a drawing for one of 20 $100 Visa gift cards.

Survey link: https://tinyurl.com/housingandfood

Your participation today can help lead to better support for students in the future!


  • As the cost of living exponentially increases in the Puget Sound, housing and food insecurity among university is a growing concern.
  • Stable housing and access to nutritious food are fundamental determinants of physical and mental health. For university students, housing and food insecurity can also impede educational development and achievement.
  • In 2012-2013, more than 58,000 students across the nation indicated that they were homeless on their FAFSA application, yet that this figure may still significantly underestimate the scope of the problem.
  • The rise of housing and food insecurity is a concern at many universities, but very few have undertaken similarly ambitious surveys. Our project’s tri-campus approach and focus on both graduate and undergraduate students will help us uncover how diverse populations may bear a variety of financial burdens in different ways.
  • Survey topics include housing costs, barriers to adequate or safe housing, experiences with insufficient food, service utilization, and concerns around meeting housing and food needs.


Sponsored by the Urban@UW Homelessness Research Initiative: For more information on the “Understanding Housing and Food Insecurity Among UW Students” faculty research project, click here. Questions can be directed to urbanuw@uw.edu.


UW Student Housing and Food Insecurity Survey 2018