Relocating to Seattle

The thriving Pacific Northwest region and booming job opportunities attract students to Northeastern University–Seattle from around the world. With close proximity to top industry leaders and the beautiful surrounding landscape, we are thrilled to call Seattle home.

If you are looking to relocate, here are some helpful tips and links to get you started.


Flights Seattle Tacoma International Airport (airport code: SEA) is the primary airport in the Puget Sound, with both domestic and international flights. Located approximately 17 miles from Northeastern University—Seattle, various public transportation systems, taxis, and shared vans serve the airport. Visit Seatac’s Ground Transportation website for more information.

Public Transit — An Orca card will cover transportation on Seattle’s buses, trains, and ferries. Learn more about fares and monthly passes.  For pass fares, see here.

Driving — New drivers are required to take both a written and on-road driving exam. In order to obtain a U.S. driver’s license, please visit the Washington State Department of Licensing.


International students living and studying in Washington State may consider getting a WA State ID. The ID card serves as official identification, but does not authorize driving. It is useful to have legal identification for activities like banking or proving your age. To learn more, please visit this Department of Licensing (DOL) webpage.


There are various rental options for both single and shared living in the Seattle area. Many students live in buildings with studio or one-bedroom apartments. Often, single-family houses are rented out with individuals inhabiting different bedrooms while sharing the kitchen and living area.

  • For basic information about living in Seattle, visit the City of Seattle’s Living in Seattle resource site, which includes extensive information about housing, transportation, attractions, utility bills, and more.
  • The neighborhoods closest to the Seattle campus are South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, First Hill, Eastlake, Queen Anne, Fremont, Wallingford, and Ballard. For further information on neighborhoods and their amenities, please visit
  • To learn about local accommodations, visit Northeastern’s Housing Resource webpage or’s resource page.
  • For useful tips while apartment hunting, see Northeastern’s Apartment Hunting Checklist. 


National banks with banking centers throughout Greater Seattle area include:

Before signing up with a bank, please check requirements for non-U.S. citizens and associated fees to accounts.


National mobile phone companies:


There are endless ways to experience Seattle through local museums, outdoor activities, and cultural events. As an introduction on insights to the cultural customs of the U.S., such as personal space and tipping at restaurants, please visit Northeastern’s U.S. Culture & Customs webpage.

For a comprehensive list of fun and educational activities to enjoy in Seattle, see’s Points of Interest.

Learn more about the South Lake Union neighborhood at