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Resources for Moving to Seattle

Moving to a new area for school can be exhilarating – and daunting. Here are some resources our out-of-state students found helpful in moving to the Seattle area.

See also our Moving to San Diego resources.

Note: We cannot vouch for information provided by other websites.



  • The Bastyr Shuttle runs several times a day between the Kenmore campus and Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle's Wallingford/Fremont neighborhood. It makes stops at riders' request anywhere within its coverage area. See its coverage area [PDF] and schedule [PDF].
  • King County Metro operates the regional bus system. Its Trip Planner Tool can help you plan trips to campus and elsewhere. Or use Google Transit.
  • provides real-time arrival and departure info for Metro buses.
  • Sound Transit Link Light Rail connects Sea-Tac Airport and downtown Seattle, with expansion through North Seattle under construction.
  • BoltBus offers affordable rides to Portland and Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Zipcar offers affordable short-term car sharing.

Driving, Voting and Licensing

Child Care



  • Well-stocked public libraries in the area provide a trove of books, e-books, DVDs, CDs and other media along with classes and events. Seattle, nearby towns and King County all have library systems.
  • And don't forget Bastyr's own library.


  • In addition to many chain and local groceries, PCC Natural Markets offers responsibly-sourced produced, meat, seafood and groceries in line with Bastyr's whole food philosophy.
  • The area's many farmers markets link eaters with local farmers. Puget Sound Fresh has a farmers market finder tool.

Recreation, Fitness and Yoga

Medical and Emergency Care

  • All students are enrolled in a student health plan that covers unlimited visits to the University’s teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
  • Students can also purchase a health insurance plan that covers major medical expenses and partial reimbursements for doctor visits, lab work and other basic medical expenses.
  • includes a searchable listing of hospitals and urgent care centers in the Seattle area.


  • Amtrak offers affordable shipping rates for non-furniture items you may want to bring with you.

Meeting People

  • Several students recommend for meeting people with shared interests.

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