As a landlord in the city of Seattle, I would say that rents are about 1.17 per square foot - depending on the actual neighborhood. As you likely know, the vacancy rate is very low, meaning landlords are charging more for rents and add ons such as parking, water/sewer/garbage/etc. You will probably pay more rent in a smaller building, like a duplex, fourplex, etc. Also, you will likely be required to pay all utilities. The larger/oldr buildings and those further outside of the more popular neighborhoods usually are more affordable.