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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Great food right off campus and we are in the city.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Seattle University is right in the city. There are a bunch of shops and what not that you can explore.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: I love Seattle, but transportation is a huge issue. All of the water means the city has no room to expand road, so bus services are slow and traffic is bad, and local politics have stunted possible light rail/subway/train construction. Different parts of the city are pretty isolated from each other, which can be nice for having your own neighborhood, but again, the transportation can make it difficult to move around the city. It is also very expensive, and the limited space makes it hard to find housing close to anything.

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4 College Junior

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


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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 48 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 49 responses

  • 92% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 49 responses

  • 65% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 35% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 48 responses

  • 58% Totally.
  • 38% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 4% No way.


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