New Scientist Career Conversation

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 or 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.

Craigslist is a free online classified ad service that lists many available apartments and houses for rent.

Zillow is also a free online marketplace to view homes that are for sale and houses apartments that are for sale or 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: Most landlords require a downpayment of first and last month's rent, plus a damage deposit.


Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program 

The MFTE Program provides a tax exemption on new multifamily buildings in exchange for setting aside 20-25% of the homes as income- and rent-restricted. By supporting mixed-income residential development in the urban centers, the MFTE program ensures affordability as the community grows.

As of 2017, Seattle’s Area Median Income (AMI) is currently $67,200. To calculate your %AMI divide your salary by Seattle’s AMI. This percentage will help determine what your rent limit is. Go here for a table of income and rent limits. 

If you are interested in applying for income/rent restricted units through the MFTE program, read the Renter’s Guide to Seattle’s Multifamily Tax Exemption and Incentive Zoning Programs

The following is a list of non-profit organizations who offer affordable housing. Each organization has its own application process – contact each one to learn more.


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. 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.).