The Seattle Area

Seattle skyline

Situated in Seattle and surrounded by water, mountains and the city, UW Bioengineering is close to Washington’s particular beauty and culture. Seattle’s fresh air and diverse entertainment options are perfect for recharging batteries and fueling personal growth.

Within steps of UW Bioengineering, one can rent a kayak or canoe, bike the Burke-Gilman Trail (a 27-mile trail that runs through campus and along Lake Washington), take in an art show or take a bus downtown to enjoy the local music scene.

Seattle features

  • Critical mass of defining global health initiatives (The Gates Foundation, PATH, UW’s Global Health department)
  • Second most literate population in U.S. (source: America’s Most Literate Cities, 2012)
  • Warm summers, mild winters and just 36 inches of rain a year
  • Pike Place Market: One of the United States’ oldest, continuously operated public markets
  • Seattle Center: Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the Seattle Center is home to the Space Needle, Experience Music Project, Bumbershoot music festival and Seattle International Film Festival, as well as opera and theatre venues
  • Vibrant live music and entertainment scene, offering shows in a number of historic and beautiful theaters and venues.
  • 35-minute ferry trip across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island
  • Close proximity to Puget Sound as well as the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, all of which offer year-round opportunities for exploring the outdoors
  • Bustling farmer’s markets and restaurants featuring local, sustainable and organic food
  • A wide range of professional and amateur sporting events throughout the year ranging from football to roller derby

Learn more about the Seattle area

Experience Washington

UW’s guide to exploring Seattle

Official City of Seattle page