Local Atmosphere

Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
26,228
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love Seattle. There are so many places to explore and it's easy to get there. There are professional sports, like the SuperBowl Champ Seahawks, and the Mariners. As for safety, at night it's best to drive and avoid being by yourself.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Nice area. Lots of water to go sit next to. Keeps people happy.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is amazing. I am from the east coast, and hadn't been to Seattle before I visited UW, but needless to say, I love it. Seattle has its own unique culture, and is large enough to give you plenty to do and explore, but small enough that after a while you can feel like you have a decent grasp on the city. The scenery here is amazing. There's nothing like watching a sunset over Mt Rainier (seriously google "rainier vista"... it's on campus!!!!), and the beautiful greenery and lakes/bays/sounds everywhere never get old. Safety is like any other city: be smart. I do not personally know anyone who's been robbed or mugged, but occasionally I receive alerts about an incident. It's not something to worry about, but something to be aware of. Cost of living in Seattle is high, and definitely will feel high if you're not from a metropolitan area, but it's made up for by all that Seattle has to offer.

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3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Without a car, it's pretty inconvenient to get around, but the ave and uvill basically has almost everything you need.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: a lot to do if you have money

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
English/Women's Studies
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Seattle provides a colorful palette of choices, whether it's places to eat, bars to frequent, neighborhoods to visit, or just something to do on a Saturday evening. Seattleites and tourists alike soak up the rich culture of institutions like the symphony, opera, theater, art museum, and zoo, and Seattle's surroundings make many outdoor sports and activities a way of life. Whether in the backyard or a car ride away, it's easy to get away and ski, snowboard, boat, sail, hike, fish, or just stroll. Downtown Seattle, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle attract many people, and local events like the Bumbershoot Festival and neighborhood parades and fairs make weekends unique. A Seattle columnist once compared living in Seattle to having a really hot girlfriend who's always sick. You can bet the analogy resonated well with locals. Seattle's natural surroundings rival the most magnificent in the country, with Lake Washington sparkling under the Montlake cut, lush Evergreens in every direction, and majestic snow-capped Mt. Rainier looming in the distance. But the semi-constant drizzle of rain often drowns out the beauty all around campus. In fact, during winter months, the view of Mt. Rainier disappears for weeks at a time, and come springtime, Seattleites announce, "the mountain's out!"

Seattle culture is as inspired as the natural atmosphere surrounding it. A city of many neighborhoods, Seattle offers everything from the colorful Ave. to lush Capitol Hill, to cozy Queen Anne, to ritzy University Village, to bustling downtown Seattle, to zany Broadway. The vibrant-yet-chill Seattle scene threads the diverse group of neighborhoods together, and virtually everyone finds a niche.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle is home to the original Starbucks coffee store.
  2. Dozens and dozens of movies, television shows and commercials have been filmed in the Seattle area, including "Sleepless in Seattle," "Frasier," "War Games," and "An Officer and a Gentleman."
  3. Seattle's skyline staple, the Space Needle, was built for the 1962 World's Fair, whose theme was "Century 21."
  4. Nintendo's US headquarters is located in Seattle.
  5. Seattle's favorite pig, a bronze porker named Rachel who resides in Pike Place Market, is a popular meeting place for friends.
Notable Natives
  • William Boeing - aviator
  • Chief Seattle - Suquamish Indian leader, the city's namesake
  • Kurt Cobain - alternative rocker, music legend
  • Fred Couples - golfer
  • Bill Gates - co-founder of Microsoft Corporation
  • Matt Groening - "Simpsons" creator
  • Jimi Hendrix - rocker, great guitarist
  • Bruce Lee - martial arts expert, film star
  • Guthrie McClintic - theatrical producer and director
  • Gypsy Rose Lee - actress and burlesque entertainer
Local Slang
  • The Needle: The Seattle Space Needle
  • Pop: What Seattleites call carbonated drinks; many Seattleites will argue against those who call it soda.
Points of Interest
  • Alki Beach
  • Belltown
  • Capital Hill
  • Downtown Seattle
  • Experience Music Project (EMP)
  • Gas Works Park
  • Green Lake Park
  • International District
  • Pike Place Market
  • Pioneer Square
  • Safeco Field
  • Seattle Center
  • Wild Waves & Enchanted Village Theme Park
Shopping Centers
  • Northgate Mall
  • University Village
Movie Theaters
Cinerama
2100 4th Ave.
Seattle
(206) 441-3653
Movie Theaters
Guild 45th Theatre
2115 N. 45th St.
Seattle
(206) 633-3353
Movie Theaters
Loews Cineplex Uptown Cinemas
511 Queen Anne Ave. N
Seattle
(206) 285-1022
Movie Theaters
Metro Cinemas
4500 9th Ave. NE
Seattle
(206) 633-0055
Movie Theaters
Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th St.
Seattle
(206) 633-5545
Movie Theaters
Pacific Place Cinema 11
600 Pine St. Ste 355
Seattle
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Regal Meridian 16 Cinemas
1501 7th Ave.
Seattle
(206) 223-9600
Movie Theaters
Seattle Imax Dome
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle
(206) 622-1868
Major Sports Teams
  • Seattle Mariners: MLB
  • Seattle Seahawks: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Portland: OR: 3 hours
  • Vancouver: BC: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 179 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 177 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 8% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 87% 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 176 responses

  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 53% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 44% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 176 responses

  • 6% No way.
  • 48% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 45% Totally.

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