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Pro tips for Seattle college students and families

The first quarter is about to start 📚

The views from the UW campus include Mount Rainier and nearby Union Bay.

The views from UW’s campus are simply breathtaking.

Photo by @rc3_p0

It’s officially college move-in season, and we want to say “Welcome to Emerald City” to our new arrivals at UW, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific, Seattle Central College — and anyone else starting a new educational chapter in the city.

We understand that starting school is a lot of change. Our ultimate City Guide can help students out in their first few weeks — and give visitors a cool cram session. Soon, you’ll all be navigating the Emerald City like a pro.

🏠 Getting settled

  • Unwritten rules of Seattle | If you’re moving in from out of town, here’s how to quickly blend in with the local population.
  • Seattleite 101 | Looking to register to vote, learn more about local history, or sign up for a Seattle Public Library card? This is a good place to start.
The inside of Caffe Vita's coffee shop located at the KEXP building with a large front counter, roasts on display, and dim golden lighting.

Caffe Vita’s flagship KEXP location often hosts cupping events.

Photo via Nathan Lowe

Caffeine + snack breaks


Discovery Park is where we would go to stand and wave as we watch our lover depart on their long-term sea voyage.

Photo by @mowaryn

🎶 Let loose

  • Local music venues | Need to shake off those pre-exam jitters? Catch a show.
  • 25 glorious parks to enjoy | Fresh air and exercise can be excellent de-stressors.
  • Late-night activities | A bar isn’t the only place you can have a little fun late in the evening — check out these other spots that won’t require you to fork over an ID.

Students — we hope your next four years are wonderful + you come to love Seattle as much as we do. Faithful readers — help us welcome the new arrivals by sharing this article with a friend.