Welcome to Our Neighborhood
Antioch is in Belltown, on the northern edge of Seattle’s downtown. Within walking distance, you’ll find eclectic shops, coffeehouses, residential areas, and some of the city’s finest ethnic and seafood restaurants.
It’s also an easy walk from Antioch to downtown Seattle’s bustling core. You have access to myriad businesses, cultural and retail areas with opportunities to enhance learning in the classroom. Many students do community projects, student teaching, etc., in downtown and other parts of the city and region. Plus, downtown Seattle is home to a thriving arts scene, including galleries, performing arts groups, the symphony, and the Seattle Art Museum.
In the Shadow of the Needle
A few blocks from Antioch is Seattle Center, with its museums, numerous festivals, cultural events, and the famous Space Needle. The historic monorail runs through Seattle Center and a block away from campus.
Whether you crave opera or pro basketball — and maybe dinner and a Washington wine or microbrew to go with it — you can find it in the neighborhoods near Antioch.
Seattle is the perfect home for Antioch University—a magnet for the quirky, diverse, and politically engaged personalities who create our finest art, incomparable innovations, and latest music genres. AUS is Seattle distilled—creative, concerned, and compassionate.
Seattle is home to great food, coffee, natural attractions, and amazing people. If there’s a negative to the area, it’s the rainy winters, which are offset by stunning clear summers. The city is also home to grass roots activism and progressive values.
Food & Beverages
Seattle is a great place to grab grub, and it’s food allergy and vegan friendly. We’re famous for our food trucks, and even have apps to hunt them down. Yelp and TripAdvisor also have nifty search features to connect you to the noms you’re looking for.
Seattle is known for our bean brew, seeing as how a famous little coffee brand got its start a half mile from our campus. You can’t walk more than three city blocks before bumping into a coffee shop somewhere along the way.
Seattleites also like craft beers, and we have breweries throughout the area. In fact, Yakima, located in central Washington, is the number one producer of hops in the country. And since Washington State grows almost half of the country’s apples, we’ve got some amazing cider houses to visit, too.
Things to Do
The Pacific Northwest has some of the most beautiful natural areas in the country. Cedars, Douglas firs, and winding trails that lead you to mountain lakes nestled on a peak are some of nature’s biggest draws. We also have ice caves, waterfalls, ocean beaches, islands, mountains, deserts and more. Climbing, hiking, camping, sailing, biking, and kayaking are big to-dos in the summer months.
For outdoor adventures, use the Washington State Trails app to discover why PNW’ers love to get out in nature in all weather.
Seattle has a thriving live and music and DJ scene. Summer through Fall is music festival season, and you’ll find events indoors, and out, to get your groove on.
We also have a great theater and improv/comedy scene, and several indie and underground communities putting on great shows. Fremont and Georgetown are homes to fantastically unique performances.
The Stranger, our local paper and home of the (in)famous Dan Savage, can connect you to free and low-cost activities, which can connect you to events and communities in the area for all topics and interests.
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We owe our glorious mountain vistas, tumbling waterfalls, and beautiful old growth forests to the legendary Seattle rains. Come the end of September/early October, the rains arrive and make our area green again. TL;DR: There’s a good chance you’re going to get damp September-June.
The winds here can on occasion eviscerate umbrellas, so it’s often better to invest in good water resistant outer wear. You’ll understand why everyone wears Columbia and North Face gear after your first Seattle winter. It’s not all rain, though, for nine months. It’s a lot of gray and fog with the occasional snow shower towards January-February.
When it comes to summer, though, no city compares to Seattle. July 5th is the unofficial start of summer and clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70’s will last through to August before slowly climbing and hovering in the 80’s. We can get into the nineties mid to late August, but our relatively low humidity (relative to Tampa, FL or St. Louis, MO) means no heat index.