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So You’re Moving to Seattle

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Lots of you’re uprooting lives in other states, and even other nations, to plant yourselves in Seattle and seek roots at The Seattle Faculty. Part of Seattle’s allure is that it is a city of neighborhoods, every with its own distinct character. It’s helpful to have a way of which neighborhood could be a superb match for you. Under, we spotlight a number of the more widespread neighborhoods that our students inhabit, with temporary descriptions that spell out some of what makes every area distinctive—including distance to The Seattle Faculty!

You in all probability know by now that The Seattle Faculty is within the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. While some college students select to stay within only a couple blocks of our building, others find themselves drawn to one of many different unique neighborhoods Seattle presents. We’d advocate testing FindWell, a terrific useful resource that provides tons of data—description, historical past, demographics, activities and points of interest, and so on.—about our local neighborhoods.

As all the time, it can be helpful to call the non-negotiables earlier than you store around for a spot. For example, how essential is it for you to have a washer and dryer in your area? What about roommates or commuting/parking? Would you somewhat stay close to a green area/park, or commute to get there? We know these questions may be both exciting and anxiety-inducing, and we’ll tackle every of them in coming posts. For now, let’s slender down your home-sweet-home search with an introduction to Seattle neighborhoods.

City middle neighborhoods

These are the neighborhoods that surround downtown, which is a really particular space in Seattle—what different cities may name the central business district. These neighborhoods are within strolling distance of one another (typically up to a 30-minute stroll). All of them share a definite lack of parking, so walking and public transport (buses, monorail, mild rail, Lyft, and so on.) are your greatest choices. You gained’t discover many homes in these neighborhoods—primarily flats and condos. And a lot of the flats won’t embrace parking together with your lease, so that you’ll have to think about buying a parking permit on your car. Automotive sharing providers akin to Zip Automobiles and ReachNow are also very straightforward to return by in these neighborhoods.


Downtown is roughly bounded by Pike and Pine Streets to the north, Yesler Method to the south, I-5 to the east, and Puget Sound to the west. There are some condos and flats with a primarily business feel—which suggests a ton of purchasing, monetary enterprise, and outlets. There’s a good quantity of nightlife and eating places Downtown, and also you’d simply be a short stroll from Belltown, which has much more of that type of thing. The overall vibe here is “businessy” and professional (or at the very least as businessy and professional as Seattleites get). Westlake Middle Downtown and the encompassing streets are buying central, and in addition the town’s largest transit hub—the monorail and the ever-expanding Hyperlink Mild Rail stop right here, as well as virtually all the key bus strains.


The Seattle Faculty’s hometown! Instantly north of Downtown, Belltown is bounded by Pike/Pine to the south, Denny Method to the north, fifth Avenue to the east, and Puget Sound to the west. It’s filled with flats and condos, eating places, bars, and reside music venues. The vibe is fashionable, upscale, youthful, and at occasions, not a place to walk round alone after dark. It’s a bit costlier than most, so the people who stay right here are typically younger and reasonably well-off, which is usually a stark contrast to underemployed or unhoused neighbors. Belltown is residence to many Seattle “points of interest,” corresponding to Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, and extra (in the summer, it’s tourism central). This area could be very lively on Friday and Saturday nights, however it is quieter and extra relaxed through the week. Belltown facilities around 1st and Bell, so if you want to be in the thick of things, look on 1st and 2nd Avenues; 3rd Avenue is a serious bus route and is usually a bit busy, while 4th and fifth Avenues are typically quieter.

Lower Queen Anne

Just north of Belltown, Decrease Queen Anne (LQA) is a favourite of comfort and culture for many Seattle Faculty college students. Most of LQA is inside walking distance of the varsity and boasts great places to eat and research. Its boundaries aren’t rather well defined, nevertheless it’s roughly the areas instantly north and to the west of Seattle Middle, which is residence to the Area Needle, Key Area, Pacific Science Middle, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and even an ice skating rink within the winter. Queen Anne is a very giant hill, and Decrease Queen Anne is the bottom of it on the south aspect. It’s a few 15-20 minute stroll to downtown, or you’ll be able to take the monorail from Seattle Middle to Westlake Middle. LQA is quieter than Belltown, with more parking (though not a ton) and a extra family-friendly vibe, however there’s nonetheless an lively nightlife scene. The lease tends to be cheaper than Belltown and Upper Queen Anne, which is one other a part of its reputation with students. It’s additionally an incredible place for people who’re new to Seattle, as a result of it’s really close to a variety of the long-lasting vacationer stuff you may need to do if you first get to city.

South Lake Union

Simply to the east of Decrease Queen Anne and north of Belltown, South Lake Union (SLU) could be very central. For years this was primarily an industrial middle, but more just lately, after the arrival of Amazon and a bunch of bio-tech corporations, it’s turn into quite the know-how hub, with a growing nightlife and great eating places at its middle. There are new condo and apartment buildings right here, in addition to some which might be still being built. There’s also the “South Lake Union Trolley” to get you around the neighborhood. Major plus: SLU is true on Lake Union, with its long, lovely jogging paths and plenty of choices for renting kayaks and paddle boards.

Pioneer Sq.

Pioneer Sq. is where Seattle was first founded. Although it’s simply south of Downtown, the 2 neighborhoods have very totally different vibes and aesthetics. Pioneer Sq. has plenty of lovely previous buildings that appeal to structure companies, artwork and design studios, and different artistic endeavors. Many have been converted into lofts and flats, and a few of Seattle’s greatest restaurateurs are opening new spots right here to draw in additional individuals. CenturyLink Area (residence to Seahawks soccer and Sounders soccer) and T-Cellular Park (residence to Mariners baseball, formerly Safeco Area) are down here as nicely, so in the event you’re a sports activities fan you’ll discover a fantastic game-day environment in Pioneer Sq.. There’s also an Underground Seattle Tour here—chances are you’ll need to put that on your “new to Seattle” to-do record.

First Hill

Simply to the east of Downtown, First Hill is a small space that has quite a couple of flats and rental buildings. It’s near Downtown, but not as handy as you may assume since I-5 (Washington’s primary north-south interstate) divides the 2 neighborhoods. It’s an excellent bit cheaper to stay here than Downtown, Belltown, or Decrease Queen Anne, however it doesn’t supply as a lot when it comes to dining and nightlife. From right here, if you wish to exit, you’ll in all probability be taking a look at calling a Lyft or giving your legs a workout on a few of the area’s formidable hills.

Worldwide District

Whereas Seattle is a largely homogenous metropolis with a high proportion of white inhabitants, there is a rising era of Asians and Asian-People—lots of whom name the International District residence. This neighborhood is a densely populated space with incredible Asian restaurants, groceries, and cultural events. There’s a little bit of the whole lot as far as real property goes, with lower-income housing in the middle, surrounded by newer condos and townhouses. It’s an amazing place to stretch your cultural literacy and skill to invite studying and difference. And should you determine with Asian cultural heritage, it might be a go-to spot for whenever you’re feeling uprooted.

Just-outside-the-city-center neighborhoods

These neighborhoods encompass those we mentioned above. They’re all a bit cheaper than the town middle neighborhoods, but are a few 10-15 minute drive from Downtown (or about $10 for a Lyft). Parking is a bit better in these neighborhoods, but not significantly so. You’re additionally able to find homes, moderately than simply flats and condos, in most of these neighborhoods. These are really great areas in case you’re the kind of one that needs to really feel near the town however not right in the midst of every little thing on a regular basis.

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill, east of downtown, is a big and very densely populated neighborhood that is the middle of art, music, and LGBTQ+ tradition in Seattle. This was the middle of the entire grunge thing and continues to be a main a part of Seattle’s stay music scene (although it now consists of many genres, including nice electronica and hip-hop venues, among others). The distinguished Cornish School of the Arts can also be here, along with a thriving theater group. Capitol Hill has a thriving nightlife, with plenty of options for reside music, bars, golf equipment, and eating places, and some respectable buying. There are nice flats, condos, and some houses for lease. Capitol Hill can also be nearer to the town middle than a lot of the different neighborhoods on this category. Relying on where in Capitol Hill you reside, taking the light rail or walking downtown could be easily accessible for you.

Queen Anne

Up the hill from Lower Queen Anne, this can be a principally residential neighborhood that also has a small however nice central space with flats, outlets, restaurants, and bars (locals often simply name this area “prime of the hill”). It’s pretty quiet and has principally previous however very well-kept homes, loads of which are leases with greater worth tags than different areas. It’s quite near Decrease Queen Anne, Belltown, and Downtown, however the truth that it is up a really giant hill makes it somewhat less walkable. When you’re at the prime of the hill, you’re not more likely to need to stroll down fairly often; the stroll again up is rough. Queen Anne is basically in style with younger households and young professionals who need to be near the town however simply outdoors the hustle and bustle. Queen Anne—especially Kerry Park—can also be recognized for exceptional views of the town, the mountains, and the water.


This can be a small area west of Lower Queen Anne and south of Ballard. There’s principally flats here, and also you’ll in all probability wind up going to Lower Queen Anne or elsewhere for those who’re hitting the town. However there is a Entire Meals and a Starbucks that stays open late and has a drive-thru. If you would like the perks of Decrease Queen Anne however need something slightly cheaper, Interbay is perhaps an amazing choice since housing tends to be extra reasonably priced. It’s additionally very straightforward to bike from Interbay to The Seattle Faculty—just a straight shot alongside the gorgeous Elliot Bay Path.


To the west of Queen Anne, Magnolia is on one other huge hill, with great views throughout. There are some reasonably priced flats, condos, and houses, though elements of Magnolia—particularly towards the water—are very upscale. There are a couple of grocery shops nearby, a quaint purchasing middle in Magnolia Village, and Pink Mill burgers (which you’ll discover out about pretty shortly—so good!), so you possibly can survive with out going too far, however your choices are a bit extra restricted than areas like Queen Anne, Ballard, or Fremont. The perfect a part of Magnolia may be Discovery Park, the most important city park in Seattle—534 acres of wooded trails, seaside bluffs, and a seashore.


Simply north of Lake Union, Fremont is a few 10-15 minute drive from downtown. It’s a charmingly unusual and eclectic type of place, filled with unusual sculptures (like a 10-foot Vladimir Lenin, an unlimited troll consuming a real-life Volkswagen Beetle, and hedges trimmed to appear to be faces)—to not mention the annual Summer time Solstice parade of bare cyclists. It’s obtained a number of the inventive cultural vibe of Capitol Hill, however more relaxed. The core of Fremont is smaller than that of Capitol Hill or Belltown, although it does have a number of good restaurants, bars, and boutique purchasing. This space has gentrified rather a lot in recent times and is now residence to the Seattle workplaces of some massive know-how corporations, including Adobe and Google. The homes, flats, and condos are a mixture of older ‘60s-style, craftsman, and ultramodern, with lots of them being inexpensive than what you’ll discover downtown. From Fremont it’s straightforward to get downtown by bus or biking alongside the devoted bike lane alongside Dexter Avenue.


Ballard, just west of Fremont and a few 15-minute drive from downtown, has been one among Seattle’s trendiest neighborhoods for the previous few years. Previous Ballard is true in the center, with brick streets, boutiques, wine bars, artisan pubs, coffee outlets, and loft flats with a vintage/trendy feel, and the western edge features unimaginable views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, including one among Seattle’s hottest seashores, Golden Gardens. Traditionally a fisherman’s city, now with a nightlife somewhere between the frenzied Capitol Hill and the laid again Fremont, Ballard’s reputation signifies that there are lots of housing choices, but they will get pretty expensive. A commuting caveat: It’s not very close to the highways, so visitors might be tough in the event you’re going to the Eastside suburbs (like Bellevue, Redmond, or Kirkland). It’s pretty straightforward to get to the town middle neighborhoods, although, and you may reach The Seattle Faculty by way of bus from the primary thoroughfare on 15th Avenue.

Crown Hill

This group is situated simply north of Ballard, and is referred to by Ballard old-timers as North Ballard. Crown Hill has a small-town feel, and there are some good housing choices around right here.


To the west of Fremont is Wallingford. It’s very laid again—assume Ballard meets Mayberry (as in, sit on your porch and drink iced tea, do yard work, play within the sprinkler). There are a couple of causal bars, some good eating, a cat cafe, and a fantastic unbiased movie theater. Apart from some flats and condos, Wallingford also has a wide selection of homes. Fairly priced and a few 15-minute drive downtown, it’s a wonderful neighborhood for families and could be very walkable and bike-friendly. The well-known Gasworks Park and Kite Hill are in Wallingford, in addition to the Burke-Gilman operating/biking path (with prime blackberry choosing in season). I-5 borders Wallingford, which makes getting round by way of automotive handy, and there are additionally several bus strains operating instantly downtown.

University District

West of Wallingford is the U-District, the neighborhood surrounding the College of Washington. There are a variety of school bars, good eating places, and a few stay music choices. Despite the fact that the U-District is true in the midst of an enormous metropolis, it may feel very very similar to any school town in America. (You possibly can determine for yourself whether or not that’s interesting or not.) It’s fairly reasonably priced and a whole lot of fun, with all of the pageantry Division I school athletics have to supply. The U-District also has a new Mild Rail station that runs from the stadium by means of Capitol Hill to the Downtown Westlake Middle (and beyond).


On the south aspect of the University of Washington is Eastlake. With a large neighborhood of floating houses, in addition to older, costlier houses, the world could be a bit expensive. It’s also proper underneath I-5, so visitors noise tends to be high in some elements. For those who find a whole lot on a place in Eastlake, you’d only be a short commute from Downtown, the U-District, or Wallingford.


Greenlake, north of Fremont and Wallingford, is the neighborhood surrounding its namesake body of water. It’s a friendly and relatively reasonably priced neighborhood, with extra houses than flats or condos, and the commute downtown will take 10-20 minutes by automotive or bus. There’s a small but good number of restaurants and bars (parking may be fairly tough should you stay near right here), and the lake is circled by an unimaginable, three-mile path that’s all the time packed when the sun comes out.

A bit farther, but nonetheless Seattle neighborhoods

These neighborhoods are a bit farther out (10-30 minutes to The Seattle Faculty, depending on visitors). They’ve turn out to be in style with college students in recent times, as they are typically extra reasonably priced and supply simpler access to giant supermarkets, more accessible buying, and even cheaper fuel than what you you may discover within the metropolis middle neighborhoods. Additionally they are likely to have ample parking (which may value $150-250 per thirty days in case you reside someplace like Downtown). Look alongside the 15th Road, Freeway 99/Aurora Avenue, and I-5 corridors for straightforward bus entry.


Greenwood, northeast of Ballard and northwest of Greenlake, has risen from the lavatory of its previous (actually!) to grow to be a busy, family-friendly, reasonably priced neighborhood. With a wide selection of eating places, bars, gelato stops, and occasional outlets along Greenwood Avenue, that is one in every of Seattle’s up-and-coming walkable neighborhoods that also presents pretty reasonably priced lease. The Interurban Bike Trail runs north from Greenwood, and there are plenty of bike-friendly streets right here. Buses run along the 99 corridor and Greenwood Avenue, making for a simple 20-minute commute downtown.

Ravenna/Wedgwood/Maple Leaf/Northeast Seattle

As a lot of the neighborhoods nearer to the town middle have turn into costlier as a consequence of Seattle’s tech growth, some Seattle Faculty college students have discovered neighborhoods to the north of the College District to be an reasonably priced choice. Located east of I-5, this area is primarily single-family houses, with some condos and townhouses. While restaurant and nightlife choices are restricted, parking is handy, the U-District and Northgate purchasing complicated are fairly shut, and buses are accessible—to not point out how straightforward the U-District’s new Mild Rail makes it to commute downtown.

Northgate/Pinehurst/Lake Metropolis

One other up-and-coming space of Seattle, these neighborhoods embrace two designated “urban villages”—areas which are walkable with restaurants and nightlife options, as well as handy transportation. This part of city includes a combination of single-family houses, flats, and townhouses with loads of free parking. Driving or busing downtown can take 30-50 minutes depending on visitors—not a nasty choice when you wish to learn on the bus. These neighborhoods are also pretty near Lake Washington and the Burke Gilman path, a well-liked bike path that runs along Lake Washington and joins up with the Sammamish River path farther north.

West Seattle

Situated across Elliot Bay from Downtown, West Seattle is house to Seattle’s most popular seashore, Alki, and it undoubtedly seems like a seashore city. It’s actually laid back and chill, even a bit harking back to California, and is usually residential, with reasonably priced homes, flats, and condos. There’s also a cool central space with some strong restaurants, an amazing little movie theater, and a unbelievable document store. The difficulty with West Seattle is it’s sort of a pain to get downtown from there—in all probability a 20-minute drive, via an area the place visitors is usually quite congested. In the course of the nicer months, there’s a water taxi that, even if it doesn’t prevent a lot time, provides some of the lovely commutes on the town.


Georgetown, south of SODO and east of South Park, is a captivating combo of an industrial zone and a classy neighborhood that gives some classic purchasing, good eating places, and nice breweries. With its quirky culture and fun hangout spots, Georgetown displays a number of the allure that first made Seattle so distinctive.

Central District

The Central District is on the east aspect of Capitol Hill and is likely one of the oldest surviving residential neighborhoods within the city. All through its history it has seen many modifications in demographics and politics, and it has just lately been the center of lots of new development and group enchancment tasks.

Columbia Metropolis

Everybody’s been buzzing about Columbia Metropolis the previous few years, and it’s straightforward to see why: Right here you’ll discover a cozy residential space, a vibrant business district, nice restaurants, quick access to buses and the Mild Rail, and just a brief stroll to Lake Washington and the beautiful Seward Park.

Beacon Hill

South of downtown between I-5 and Rainier Valley, Beacon Hill is a sprawling neighborhood that’s straightforward to seek out due to the previous veteran’s hospital at its peak. You possibly can often discover some good housing options right here, plus shut proximity to downtown and First Hill, and an eclectic vibe all its personal.

Beyond Seattle neighborhoods

These areas lie outdoors of the Seattle metropolis limits. Some students discover these areas to be extra inviting, both due to the cost of dwelling, the quieter neighborhoods, or the prospect to be a part of the communities that stay here. Although with these areas, it’s necessary to keep in mind that the highways are sometimes congested. A commute that takes about 30 minutes during non-peak occasions can simply flip into an hour or two throughout rush hour.

The Northside

Should you head north out of Seattle alongside the I-5 hall, you’ll come to Higher Seattle’s northern suburbs (Shoreline, Edmonds, Kenmore, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Bothell, Woodinville, and ultimately Everett). Several of our students stay in these neighborhoods, which supply extra reasonably priced housing and nice faculties if in case you have youngsters. Probably the most reasonably priced grocery shops are also situated outdoors of Seattle correct—together with H Mart, WinCo, and Costco. And in the event you’re on the lookout for extra Korean food options, you’ll want to take a look at Lynnwood!

The Southside

Head south on the I-5 corridor and you’ll find the southern suburbs of Seattle (Burien, SeaTac, Renton, Federal Approach, Puyallup, Tacoma, and ultimately Olympia). These neighborhoods supply much of the identical attraction because the northern suburbs, although you may also discover a busier, more industrial vibe in this path.

The Eastside

Past Lake Washington is what’s regionally referred to as “the Eastside,” together with the suburb cities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and Issaquah. Numerous Seattle’s huge tech corporations have workplaces in this area (Microsoft, Nintendo, Adobe, T-Cellular, HTC, and others), and a lot of people commute to the Eastside for work. The floating bridges between Seattle and the Eastside make up what is probably Seattle’s largest visitors challenge. So when you’re dwelling in the city but engaged on the Eastside, or vice versa, it’s value looking for a spot that’s simply accessible to one of many two bridges, WA-520 (a toll bridge) and I-90.

Wherever you end up, keep in mind that you are shifting to one of the lovely cities within the nation and joining the PNW outside culture! We shall be holding each of you in thoughts as you discover a place to develop new roots.