Seattle & the Pacific Northwest

Seattle offers you the best of city life, natural beauty, and a laid-back accepting community.

Benefits of Living Here

Enjoy city life surrounded by natural beauty

Seattle is a dynamic and culturally diverse city with abundant natural beauty. Situated on the shores of Puget Sound, you are surrounded by breathtaking views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges and Mount Rainier to the south. Seattle is an international city on the Pacific Rim, spread out with distinct neighborbhoods to the north, south and east of downtown.  

Diverse culture, food, and recreation

There's something for everyone in Seattle. The city and outlying neighborhoods offer a wide variety of cultural and social activities. You’ll find hundreds of events, activities and festivals to choose from year round. We have amazing restaurants and food, visual arts and galleries, music and nightlife, film festivals, and theatre and dance performances. You will also find community P-Patch gardens, professional and amatuer sports teams, and many outdoor recreational activities. The University of Washington is situated between Lake Washington and Lake Union which are popular spots in the city for boating. You can also find trails like the Burke-Gilman and Interurban which are ideal for biking, running, or taking a walk. In your down time, if spending time in nature is your thing, you can take a ferry or drive to a number of beaches or state parks and find paths for sightseeing, camping, hiking or beachcombing. In the winter, skiing and snow sports are just a few hours away.

Be near the world's best biotech, medical , and high-tech industries

By studying in Seattle, you'll have unparralled access to some of the world's top research, biotech and high-tech companies. Seattle is home to innovative global health work, cutting-edge biotech, revolutionary technology, and ground breaking research. Our department contributes to the UW research community through our research centers and faculty experts, and maintains partnerships in the region with many biotech and health research organizations including:

Top companies like Amgen, NanoString Technologies, Seattle Genetics, ZymoGenetics, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Expedia, Google, and Tableau, and Uber are also based in Seattle.

Access to travel

If you're traveling beyond the city, Seattle is ideally positioned with easy access to the west coast, Latin America, Asia and the outlying towns and states of the Pacific NW region. By car, bus, or train you're just a few hours away from ocean beaches, the San Juan Islands, Vancouver B.C., and Portland, Oregon. 

Public transportation

The city is highly walkable, with easy access to public transportation. The UW offers U-PASS, a discounted pass for public transportation which may be used on a regional network of public transportation systems including Link light rail, Metro city buses and trolleys, and regional Community Transit.