Local Atmosphere

Seattle, WA
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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is a wonderful place to live in. It has plenty of parks, concerts, shopping, and restaurants.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Right in Seattle, super close to UW and SU

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love that Queen Anne, Freemont and Ballard are all about a mile away and within walking distance for the most part. Golden Gardens and GasWorks are awesome! The bus to U W and downtown is so convenient!

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The school is in Seattle, Washington. Seattle has an amazing, unique atmosphere.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Its Seattle, driving is a headache. 1/2 hour bus ride to capital hill/first hill, pikes place market.

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Kylie Kenyon
Paso Robles, Calif.
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In Seattle, you will find numerous distinct neighborhoods. The one in which Seattle Pacific resides is called Queen Anne Hill; it's quaint, eco-conscious, and full of wealthy couples who own well-bred dogs and waited until their 30s to have children. On the South Side, you'll find multi-million-dollar homes as well as iconic Seattle spots like Kerry Park, which overlooks the city with a view of the Space Needle, stadiums, and Mount Rainier. SPU is on the North Side of the hill and within walking distance from another neighborhood called Fremont. Take a jaunt across the Fremont Bridge and you'll be transported into an ultra-hip community full of organic and free-trade-only businesses, bicyclists wearing hemp, and an assortment of odd cultural artifacts (including a giant troll with a life-size VW bug in its grasp, an enormous statue of Lenin, and a sculpture of a dog whose face is human).

Seattle has a universal "live and let live" attitude. This should not be confused with general friendliness, which is the opposite disposition for which Northwesterners are acclaimed. Seattleites tend to be cold individuals, and bad customer service is the norm. However, this cultural characteristic does give birth to a substantial alternative culture. It is not uncommon to run across professionals with tattooed sleeves and facial piercings, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a barista in the city that doesn't sport them. Individuality, activism, and love of art and nature are a few of the virtues of this city, which are reflected in all aspects of Seattle life.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks. Other notable companies headquartered in Seattle include Jones Soda, Amazon.com, and Classmates.com.
  2. The Seattle record label Sub Pop was the first to sign Nirvana. In the new millennium, the label signed such bands as The Shins, Band of Horses, and Fleet Foxes.
  3. In 2005, Men's Health magazine named Seattle "the fittest city in the United States."
  4. Seattle has been nicknamed "The Emerald City" due to the lush forests in the area.
  5. Seattle has the most college or university graduates of any U.S. city. It's also been called "the most literate city in the United States."
Notable Natives
  • Erica Christensen - actress, NBC's "Parenthood"
  • Bill Gates - co-founder of Microsoft
  • Joel McHale - host of "The Soup," actor on NBC's "Community"
  • Adam West - "Batman" actor
  • Rainn Wilson - actor, Dwight Shrute on NBC's "The Office"
Local Slang
  • Pop: Soda or coke
  • Stocking cap: Beanie or knit hat
  • Sunshower: When it rains while the sun shines down
Points of Interest
  • Ballard Locks
  • Discovery Park
  • Folk Life Festival
  • Fremont Troll
  • Gas Works Park
  • Golden Gardens Park
  • Kerry Park
  • Pike Place Market
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Space Needle
Shopping Centers
  • Northgate Mall
  • Pacific Place
  • Southcenter Shopping Mall
  • University Village
  • Westlake Center
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Uptown 3
511 Queen Anne Ave. N
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Landmark Egyptian Theatre
805 E. Pine
(206) 781-5755
Movie Theaters
Landmark Metro Cinemas
4500 9th Ave. NE
(206) 781-5755
Movie Theaters
Regal Meridian 16
1501 7th Ave.
(206) 223-9600 ext. 808
Major Sports Teams
  • Seattle Mariners: MLB
  • Seattle Seahawks: NFL
  • Seattle Storm: WNBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Olympia: WA: 1 hour
  • Portland: OR: 3 hours
  • Salem: OR: 3 hours, 50 minutes
  • Spokane: WA: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 32 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 3% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 6% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 91% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 22% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 78% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 32 responses

  • 9% No way.
  • 34% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 56% Totally.


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