Below are some resources our out-of-state students found helpful in moving to the Seattle area. Also check out our story on "What's Really the Deal with Seattle Weather."
Note: We cannot vouch for information provided by other websites.
Please visit our Housing section for resources, tips, and more.
Amtrak offers affordable shipping rates for non-furniture items you may want to bring with you.
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.
Onebusaway.org 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.
Find driver license and vehicle registration information from the Washington State Department of Licensing.
The Department of Licensing also has information on registering to vote and transferring a professional license.
All students are enrolled in a student health plan that covers unlimited visits to the University’s teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Please be aware that this is a health plan, not health insurance.
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 through WashingtonHealthPlanFinder.org.
Health.usnews.com includes a searchable listing of hospitals and urgent care centers in the Seattle area.
See our Parenting at Bastyr page for info on our on-campus care center and other resources.
Care.com and Child Care Aware are popular sites for finding nannies and other day care options.
Washington State Report Card provides standardized test results and demographic info school by school.
Greatschools.org provides school performance data, including parent ratings and reviews.
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.
Vision Quest Sport and Fitness near campus offers full-access for $15 per month.
Lakeview Yoga in Kenmore offers unlimited yoga for $60 per month.
Search the area's many, many parks at Kidsplayparks.com.
Love to hike? Discover the miles of trails throughout the state at www.wta.org.
Several students recommend Meetup.com for meeting people with shared interests.
Our admissions staff is happy to answer question or put you in touch with student peer advisors. Contact them at (425) 602-3330 or admissions[at]bastyr[dot]edu.
Also see Not For Tourists - Seattle for information about moving to the city.