The UWRA has a lengthy history of interest in housing options for retirees. Housing choice is a significant component of our Retirement Transitions programming.
University Houses at Wallingford and Issaquah
University House at Wallingford and University House at Issaquah communities developed out of UWRA’s interest in offering university retirees a peer community with strong ties to UW programs and services. To make these communities possible the UWRA affiliated with a local, private retirement community developer, Era Living. University House at Wallingford opened in 1997 and University House at Issaquah in 2002.
All University House residents receive the benefit of the character of these retirement communities, which offer academically and culturally oriented programs that serve the interests of residents. All residents, UWRA members or not, may participate in any activities and events offered by the UWRA.
UWRA Members benefit as depositors and incoming residents
UWRA members receive priority on depositor waiting lists for either community, by date of deposit. They also receive a waiver of community fees at the time they move in. To maintain this priority and waiver members who are depositors or residents must keep their UWRA membership current.
Parents of UWRA members receive intermediate waiting list status and pay half the community fees at the time they move in. To maintain this priority and waiver for their depositor or resident parents, UWRA members keep their membership current.
Members of the public are also welcome to become depositors and residents at either University House community. Half of the community fees they pay go to that community’s Residents Council. The other half go to UWRA, a non-profit organization.
University Houses are rental facilities. Rent is determined by unit size and services each resident receives. No reduction in rent is given to UWRA members or parents of members.
University Houses Advisory Council
The UWRA continues to be involved in both retirement communities. UWRA representatives serve on an advisory council that monitors programs and strengthens university-related ties.