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Division of Student Affairs


Living Essentials

All residents receive the New Resident Guide with their move-in instructions. Please refer to this document for many of your initial questions or concerns regarding daily living within Court 17.

Maintenance Requests:

You may submit maintenance requests directly to the Court 17 staff. If urgent, please call (253) 274-9000. You may also email the Court 17 staff at info@court17apts.com. After hours maintenance emergencies should be directed to the answering service (206)441-3171.

Maintenance Emergencies:

This applies to items that require immediate attention, such as water leaks or no heat during severely cold weather. You may reach the Court 17 answering service after hours only at 206.441.3171, or call the building manager at 253.274.9000. If you wish to report a non-emergency maintenance request after hours, please drop off your written request in the leasing office or email the staff at info@court17apts.com.

Trash & Recycling:

Trash chutes and small recycling bins are located on each floor. Please break down all cardboard boxes and stack in or near the recycling bins. Do not throw cardboard boxes down the chute, as this will cause the chute to clog and become inoperative for all. Please use tall kitchen size plastic bags only.


Water shut-off valves are located under the sink in both the bathroom and the kitchen. The dishwasher cut-off is also under the sink. Please do not attempt to make any plumbing repairs yourself beyond plunging your toilet. Clogged toilets are the responsibility of the residents; please purchase a plunger.

Garbage Disposal:

This appliance is for use with food products only. Please be aware of not placing anything hard, such as rocks, silverware, or any other product that is not malleable and may dull blades or get stuck in the disposal. Avoid disposing coffee grounds, melon rinds, or potato peelings.

Bicycle Storage:

Complimentary bicycle storage is located in the garage. To access the bicycle storage you may stop by the Court 17 Office for details.

Housing Appliances:

How to Use the Oven

Step One: Preheating

  • Before using the oven, check to make sure that the oven is empty.
  • Make sure to preheat the oven according to the recipe's instructions. Press the "preheat" button on the electrical control panel and then set your oven to the appropriate temperature.
  • Try to let your oven heat up for latest 5 to 10 minutes.

Step Two: Cooking

  • Now that your oven is ready to use, open the door and insert the food onto the rack.
  • Try to place the food in the center of the middle rack. This allow for optimal cooking.
  • Avoid wrapping the racks with aluminum foil. This usually disrupts airflow and prevents your food from cooking thoroughly.
  • You can also use glass or ceramic dishes for cooking. These usually decrease the cooking time.
  • Set your timer in accordance to the instructions listed in the recipe.
  • Try to avoid opening the oven door while your food is cooking. If you wish to check on your food's progress, make sure to use your oven's interior light.

Step Three: Check Your Food

  • Open your oven's door when the timer rings and make sure your food is fully cooked. Don't forget to use mitts before touching the pan!
  • To Check Meat: Insert a food thermometer into the thickest portion of the meat you are attempting to cook.
  • To Check Bread, Cake, or Brownies: Insert a toothpick into the center of the dish. If the toothpick remains clean, then it is finished.

Step Four: Finish Up

  • Now that your food is thoroughly cooked, begin by removing it from the oven.
  • Place hot pans on oven mitts, stove top, or on a purchased cooling rack. Do not place hot pans directly on the counter top.
  • Finally, make sure to turn the temperature knob to the "Off" position.
  • Once cool, wipe down any spills inside the oven. This will make sure these leftover foods do not burn and smoke up the apartment the next time you cook.

How to Use the Dishwasher

Today's washing machines come with a wide range of controls. However, the process is fairly simple and sometimes only requires two main steps (adding soap and adjusting the knob).

Step One: Load the Washer

  • Do not over load the machine! Your clothing should have enough space to move freely. If you load beyond this point your clothing will not get clean and you could flood the apartment.
  • It's important to make sure that you are only mixing the clothes that share similar colors.
  • Be sure to use soap designed specifically for washing clothes within a washing machine. You will want to read the soap packaging for detailed instructions. If you choose to add liquid fabric softener at this stage, follow appropriate packaging instructions.

Step Two: Select Cycle

Step Three: Remove Clothing

How to Use a Dryer

Dryers also come with a wide range of controls. However, the process is fairly simple and sometimes only requires two main steps (adding fabric softener sheets and adjusting the knob).

Purchasing Food & Dining Out

Every student needs to eat! These links will provide information for dining out around campus, buying groceries, and a few recommended recipes to get you started.

Dining Out

Grocery Stores

Broadway Farmer's Market

950 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402 (0.6 miles away)

  • Open Thursdays from May-October.
  • Accessible via bus route 2.


1112 South M Street, Tacoma, WA 98405 (1.1 miles away)

  • Accessible via bus route 28.
  • Stadium Thriftway (http://www.stadiumthriftway.com/): 618 N 1st St, Tacoma, WA 98403 (1.6 miles away)
  • Accessible via bus route 48, 16, or 11.


111 South 38th St, Tacoma, WA 98408 (1.9 miles away)

  • Accessible via bus routes 1 or 48.

Simple Recipes