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Living in Seattle

Seattle, a vibrant city in the Pacific Northwest, is renowned for its outdoor recreation and large tech industry.

From Mount Rainier to Olympic National Park to The Enchantments – there are endless possibilities for outdoor exploration.

Other popular outdoor activities include boating, wake-boarding, kayaking, canoeing, biking, and even surfing! People more accustomed to city-living will also feel at home. Seattle has a vibrant cultural, culinary, and music scene. 

But how much does it really rain in Seattle?! The answer may surprise you. Seattle averages an annual rainfall of ~38 inches, less  than New York City (~50 inches), Boston (~44 inches), and Philadelphia (~42 inches).

Despite it’s reputation for being a rainy city, it is most often a slow drizzle during the winter months. The majority of Seattleites in fact do not carry umbrellas! 

Although Seattle has a relatively high cost of living, it is very manageable on a resident’s salary. Approximately one third of our residents purchased their homes and median rent/mortgage cost for our residents is between $2000-2500. Public transportation is convenient between all sites and ~75% of our residents use public transit for their commute, taking advantage of a free U-PASS provided by the UW. Free hospital shuttles are also available between most of our sites. 

Many of our residents have come to Seattle from afar and have fallen in love with our beautiful city. We hope to see you in Seattle as well! 

Peak study time: Former resident Tom Eggert is pictured doing a little light reading during his trek through The Enchantments.