Local Atmosphere

Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
4,364
Tuition
$34,800
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Seattle University is very close to the heart of downtown Seattle. There is so much to do in downtown including visiting Pike Place Market, the waterfront, and the shopping district. Transportation by the metro buses makes visiting these places very easy.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's right in the middle of the city.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are various sports teams in the area: baseball, soccer, and football. There are also lots of restaurant and bar options. The area is bike friendly. Downtown isn't too far away which offers shopping options.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: SU is in the downtown portion of Seattle, so there are plenty of eateries and shops to explore. However, due to its proximity to the city and city folk, there is also an element of danger. Students have been harassed, robs, and shot at in the wee hours of the morning. So my suggestion is to be indoors by 9:00pm.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: SEATTLE is the BEST. I hail from the Silicon Valley in California, but I fell in love with Seattle, when I started school here. I love the people up here and the progressive attitude. Everyone is pretty accepting, and most that I run into are extremely friendly. There is tons to do in Seattle, from the museums, to the nightlife, to the music scene, to the array of parks and restaurants.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michael Lis-Sette
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
Journalism
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A career at Seattle University need not be spent only within the confines of the campus. Located just blocks from the bohemian district of Capitol Hill and the vibrant life of the International District, Seattle University is well situated. It is possible to walk into a local coffee shop and see someone in a $400 business suit sitting near someone in a typically ‘punk’ outfit. While you probably ought to watch yourself in neighborhoods after dark, they are outnumbered by a vibrant shopping and dining scene that caters to people of all styles and culinary tastes.

Centers of Seattle culture are only a short distance away, as a quick walk will let you reach the Downtown corridor and the world famous Pike Place Market, while a bus ride just as brief will take you to the Seattle Center, the pride and joy of Seattle that includes the always fascinating Pacific Science Center, the quirky Experience Music Project, and the iconic Space Needle. If you’re looking for something a bit more informal there are a number of amazing independent coffee shops and bookstores to spend away the afternoon in and parks like Volunteer, Cal Anderson, and Discovery to walk through on a sunny (or not so sunny) day. Annual events like Bumbershoot, Northwest Folklife and SIFF are a great chance to go out and meet fellow appreciators of the arts. And if you want to go meet a friend at the University of Washington or Seattle Pacific University, you need only hop on the nearest bus.

Seattle U itself is something of an island, a quiet oasis set apart from much of the hustle and bustle of the surrounding neighborhood. There are several areas dedicated to landscaping that could be called “mini-parks,” all of which are open to members of the surrounding community (the Green is an especially popular place to take your pooch.) But Seattle U also has strong ties to the surrounding community, with students the frequent patrons of neighboring shops and bars. If you truly wish to have the “SU experience” while at Seattle U, you cannot isolate yourself from both facets of life, but neither will anyone be able to see everything Seattle has to offer.
 

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Seattle has been consistently ranked as one of the most literate cities in the country. It tied with Minneapolis in 2008 in the Central Connecticut State University survey, and has long dueled with that city for first place.
  2. The Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously operating public farmers market in the country, having first opened its stalls in 1907.
  3. The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge (now officially the 'Albert D. Rosellini Bridge - Evergreen Point', but everyone still uses the old name) is the world's longest floating bridge, at 7,578 feet (2,310 meters).
  4. The Seattle International Film Festival, which runs every year from mid-May to mid-June, is the single largest film festival in the United States.
  5. Starbucks, the world's largest coffee chain, originally got its start in Pike Place Market
Notable Natives
  • Carol Channing
  • Alex Haley
  • Frank Murkowski
  • William Nye - "Bill Nye the Science Guy"
  • Theodore Roethke
  • Dan Savage
  • Mia Zapata
Local Slang
  • "The Mountain is out": Referring to Mount Rainier and when it can actually be seen through the clouds. Every true Seattleite knows which way to turn to look for it, regardless of where they're standing.
  • Granola: Similar to the hippie mentality, it is a special strain, found only in the Northwest.
  • The ID: The International District. Originally just "Chinatown," it has acquired its new name to reflect the ethnic diversity of its inhabitants, which are made up of almost every ethnicity from Asia. It contains a number of excellent shops and restaurants, as we
  • Liquid sunshine: Rain, showers, downpour, sprinkle, drizzle
  • The People's Republic of Fremont (aka 'The Center of the Universe'): A Nickname of the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, located across the Lake Washington Ship Canal from Queen Anne. Still a center of the counter-culture despite recent gentrification, it includes such oddities as a statue of Vladimir Lenin originally from
  • Sunbreaks: Intermissions between cloud-cover
  • The Viaduct: The Alaska Way Viaduct, an elevated roadway that runs along Elliot Bay through the Industrial District and Downtown Seattle. Frequently called an "eyesore" and a "death-trap," experts have given it a 1 in 20 chance of being badly damaged by an earthquake
Points of Interest
  • and Hall of Fame
  • Experience Music Project
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Pike Place Market
  • Qwest Stadium
  • Safeco Field
  • Science Fiction Museum
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Seattle Center
  • Space Needle
  • Woodland Park Zoo
Shopping Centers
  • Broadway Market
  • Pacific Place
  • Westlake Center
Movie Theaters
The Egyptian Theater
805 E Pine St.
(206) 323-4978
Movie Theaters
General Cinema Pacific Place
600 Pine St.
(206) 652-2404
Movie Theaters
Harvard Exit Theater
807 E Roy at Harvard
(206) 781-5755
Movie Theaters
Loews Cineplex Meridian 16
1501 7th Ave.
(206) 223-9600
Major Sports Teams
  • Seattle Mariners: baseball
  • Seattle Seahawks: football
  • Seattle Sonics: basketball
  • Seattle Sounders: soccer
  • Seattle Storm: WNBA basketball
  • Seattle Thunderbirds: hockey
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Spokane: WA: 4 hours, 20 minutes
  • Tacoma: WA: 40 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 42 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 43 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 93% 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 43 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 33% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 67% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 42 responses

  • 5% No way.
  • 36% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 60% Totally.

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