Moving to Seattle in August

  • sensible

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    Jun 06, 2010 6:49 AM GMT
    Hi all,

    I am moving to Seattle from India for my education. I have heard its a beautiful city and I am looking for places to rent. Can someone please give me pointers as to what areas to look at?

    I am looking for places close to University or if a bit far off, they should be well connected by bus. Or will it be better to have a car of my own? I am planning to spend upto $800 as rent and am fine with sharing apartments.

    I will appreciate if someone can tell what areas to look at or if there is a rental site I can use.

    Thanks
  • Webster666

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    Jun 06, 2010 7:21 AM GMT
    It would probably be a good idea to contact the university that you will be attending, and ask them for advice about housing in Seattle.
  • caderache2014

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    Jun 06, 2010 11:41 AM GMT
    Everyone will tell you to live on Capitol or First Hill. They have a point. It's a very gay friendly neighborhood with convenient amenities (bookstores, cafes, grocery stores) and access to the University District by bus. You should be able to find a single apartment for under $800 - if you're willing to share you'll pay much less.

    If you want to live in the university district (assuming your going to be attending the University of Washington), you'll pay less, but its not as nice a neighborhood. Seattle is not a huge city and they have a very good bus system. They're building a light rail network but only the first leg is finished yet.

    I'd start with craigslist. See what you find!
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    Jun 06, 2010 4:05 PM GMT
    caderache2014 said

    I'd start with craigslist. See what you find!


    Wow, this has to be one of the few times that line has been uttered and it was a good idea. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 06, 2010 4:11 PM GMT
    Seattle is a very beautiful city.
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    Jun 06, 2010 5:17 PM GMT
    buy this book to learn about the city.... very useful.

    http://www.amazon.com/Seattle-Survival-Guide-Essential-Handbook/dp/1570610894

    i agree with the previous poster who suggested you contact the university regarding housing. most neighborhoods immediately surrounding local intown universities are FULL of rental choices. if you're going to attend UofWA (known locally, btw, as the 'u dub'), their student housing link is:

    http://www.hfs.washington.edu/
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    Jun 06, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    Seattle fucking sucks. Do not come here. It's been raining every damn day for the past 2 months. I grew up around here so you'd think I would be used to it, but you never get used to constant cloudy skies and everything being wet all the time. The only nice time of the year is the summer, which only lasts 2 months.

    The university district is not the safest place to live in Seattle. People get mugged fairly regularly, listen to everyone else when they say to move to Capitol Hill.
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    Jun 06, 2010 11:33 PM GMT
    rightasrain saidbuy this book to learn about the city.... very useful.

    http://www.amazon.com/Seattle-Survival-Guide-Essential-Handbook/dp/1570610894

    i agree with the previous poster who suggested you contact the university regarding housing. most neighborhoods immediately surrounding local intown universities are FULL of rental choices. if you're going to attend UofWA (known locally, btw, as the 'u dub'), their student housing link is:

    http://www.hfs.washington.edu/


    Also I wouldnt suggest renting from HFS, they are over priced
  • sensible

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    Jun 07, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    @hazardous.. i get your point but I have lived in places which see 3 months of torrential rains. Light drizzle in seattle is more than welcome. Also I have heard from a lot of people that it is a beautiful city, so I am all excited to move there.

    Yes, I will be attending U Dub and have been told to look for Capitol Hill and Northgate as good options. One more advice I needed is regarding the type of house to llok for. Should I go for apartments or are duplex houses better. Since I haven't lived in either of them before, I am not aware of their pros and cons.

    Its great to hear from all of you. One last silly thing, I am heavily into weight training, so will it be fine to assume that seatlle is full of gyms near the university. I am not particularly looking for gay friendly gyms as I totally concentrate on my wokout when I am in the gym.
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    Jun 10, 2010 7:56 AM GMT
    sensible said@hazardous.. i get your point but I have lived in places which see 3 months of torrential rains. Light drizzle in seattle is more than welcome. Also I have heard from a lot of people that it is a beautiful city, so I am all excited to move there.

    Yes, I will be attending U Dub and have been told to look for Capitol Hill and Northgate as good options. One more advice I needed is regarding the type of house to llok for. Should I go for apartments or are duplex houses better. Since I haven't lived in either of them before, I am not aware of their pros and cons.

    Its great to hear from all of you. One last silly thing, I am heavily into weight training, so will it be fine to assume that seatlle is full of gyms near the university. I am not particularly looking for gay friendly gyms as I totally concentrate on my wokout when I am in the gym.


    The area around the university actually has very few gyms, but that doesnt matter because UW has the IMA that you'll be able to attend.