Office of Scientific Career Development

Newly Arrived in Seattle

Finding an Apartment

The Fred Hutch is located on the shores of Lake Union very close to downtown. There are many good neighborhoods close by with apartments and houses for rent. Both furnished and unfurnished apartments are available. Neighborhoods that are close to the FHCRC and accessible by bus or walking include:

  • Cascade Neighborhood to the south of FHCRC--walking distance, some restaurants but not a lot of shops and grocery stores
  • Capitol Hill to the East of FHCRC--funky, alternative district, lots of things to do, lots of shops, restaurants and grocery stores
  • Eastlake to the north of FHCRC--walking distance, close to Lake Union, many small restaurants and shops, limited grocery stores
  • Queen Anne to the west of FHCRC--more upscale, housing on the South and West side is more accessible to the FHCRC. Many shops, restaurants and grocery stores on the top of Queen Anne.
  • Fremont to the Northwest of FHCRC--popular district with many shops and restauants
  • University District is about a 10 minute drive to the North. A shuttle runs between FHCRC and the University of Washington on Monday-Friday. Lots of housing, restaurants, shops and grocery stores. is a free online classified ad service that lists many available apartments and houses for rent.

The Seattle Times has an online rental resource.

For short-term furnished housing while you're searching for an apartment, you might consider the following places:

Note that most landlords require a downpayment of first and last month's rent, plus a damage deposit.

New Scientist Career Conversation

The Director of the Office of Scientific Career Development is available to have an informal career conversation with every new postdoc and permanent graduate student shortly after s/he arrives at the Center. The purpose of this conversation is to make sure that the Office is aware of the scientist's needs for career development training, and the scientist is aware of the services that the Office provides.

Contact Dr. Karen Peterson to arrange an appointment

Free Affiliate Membership in the National Postdoctoral Association

The FHCRC is a Sustaining Member of the NPA and one benefit is that all FHCRC graduate students and  postdocs receive free affiliate membership in the NPA.  To sign up, go here and click on the appropriate affiliate individual member category (e.g., grad student, postdoc, etc)