So you’re moving to Seattle. Apartments are available all over the city, giving prospective renters a wide variety from which to choose. Currently home to over 600,000 people, Seattle is the largest city in the US’ Pacific Northwest region and offers residents and visitors a vibrant arts scene, great live music and more. Here are some tips to help get you started on your search for Seattle apartments.
Seattle’s many features make it a very desirable place to live. A lot of people know it for being the birthplace of grunge music and Jimi Hendrix, and for all the coffee — Starbucks, Tully’s and Seattle’s Best all got their start in the city. Also ranked the most literate city in America (it tied with Minneapolis in 2008), Seattle has the highest percentage of college graduates of any major city in the United States.
Seattle Neighborhoods: Where Do You Fit In?
There’s a lot of ground to cover when you’re talking about Seattle neighborhoods, but we’ll keep it short ‘n’ sweet with a brief overview of some of them to get you on your way. Popular with University of Washington students and staffers is the University District, and there’s also University Heights — both are good options if you’re university-bound. And don’t forget about Belltown, Central Waterfront, Pioneer Square, SoDo, Pike Market and the Central Business District. These lively Downtown Seattle neighborhoods are close to shops, restaurants and pubs, and there are lots of apartments for rent. South City’s neighborhoods — Delridge, West Seattle and Greater Duwamish, for example — also have many apartments available.
Moving into Your Seattle Apartment
Signing the lease and moving into your Seattle apartment means you’re oh-so close to being a Seattle resident. It’s exciting, no doubt — but be sure and get everything in order before move-in day so there are no surprises. Our Moving Checklist is perfect for organizing your move. Once you’re done moving, be sure and explore your neighborhood and start enjoying Seattle!