Like all the professionals mentioned, the likelihood depends on whether you rent or buy. It also depends on what type of property you are looking for (condo or house) and how far away you are willing to go from U District (north Seattle works for you?).
As it is true that no one can predict the market in six months, the best strategy for you is to start looking before you come. I would recommend to start looking now if you are looking into buying because it will take a while for you to be familiar with the housing market. If you are looking into renting, start looking three months before you come.
There may not be much for rental near UW campus during winter. If you have car, you should look at different areas near U District. You may find commuting cheaper than renting in the area. Whether you are looking to rent or to buy, the following website will provide you both rental and for sale properties. You can also save your favorite searching to keep a track of the housing market movements.... more