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The Best Things To Do In Seattle – A Student Guide

Seattle is a city with a thriving student population, and it’s not hard to see why. With a diverse population of over 700,000 people, Seattle is the biggest city in Washington. It’s packed with top attractions, trendy restaurants, boozy bars (for those old enough, of course) and lively nightlife.

So, if you’re heading to the Emerald City for your studies then hold tight – we’ve compiled an ultimate guide of the best things to do in Seattle, including the best things to see, experience, and eat.

Food and drink you need to try in Seattle

From award-winning Mexican cuisines to all-American burger dishes, Seattle is home to a whole host of mouthwatering restaurants.

El Camión

If you are looking for the best tacos in Seattle, El Camión is the place to go. Serving fresh, authentic Mexican food at their restaurant in Ballard, and from taco trucks around the city – you’re never too far from its delicious dishes.

Ballard Pizza Company

Craving New York style pizza? Ballard Pizza Company offers a huge range of pies and slices to suit every appetite. With two modern locations in Ballard and Frelard, delicious pizza is just a short trip away. We recommend trying the Chef’s Pie – oh, and did we mention it’s available on DoorDash?

Dick’s Drive-In

For an all-American experience, it simply has to be burgers and fries. Dick’s Drive-In offers the most casual dining experience possible, serving juicy burgers, homemade fries, and thick hand-dipped shakes direct to your vehicle. With multiple locations across Seattle, we think a road trip is on the cards…

The Alley

If you are looking for a cozy cocktail bar that serves tasty light bites and delicious concoctions, look no further than The Alley in west Seattle. With 1950’s Art Deco décor, atmospheric live music, and seasonal events throughout the year – The Alley is the ultimate evening hang out space.


Montana is a super chill dive bar covered in graffiti, located on Capitol Hill. Perfect stop for a few drinks before heading to the abundance of local bars and clubs. Montana has a great menu of beers, wines, and cocktails to enjoy while watching movies in the background on their large projector screen.

Best places for a night out in Seattle

Ready to hit the clubs after the pregame? Check out Seattle’s best ones below (if you are of age!).


Located on Capitol Hill, Havana is a tucked away in an unmarked brick building on the corner of 10th avenue. Featuring what they describe as ‘the finest DJs in the land’, and an impressive menu of delicious drinks, Havana hosts party nights every day of the week, starting at just $6 for entry.

Q Nightclub

If you are a fan of dance and hip-hop music, Q Nightclub is for you. Located on Capitol Hill, Q Nightclub is a state-of-the-art space with multiple floors, neon lights, and disco balls. With a great roster of musical guests, plus regular club and theme nights, you’re sure to have a blast at Q.


Looking to party but not old enough to drink yet? Trinity allows students 18+ to enter, and 21+ to purchase alcohol. From outrageous costume contests with big prizes, to exciting guest DJ acts, Trinity is the ultimate party location for Seattle students.


Drag brunches, happy hour, outrageous décor, and a late-night kitchen – if you are looking for an electric night out, you’re in the right place. This special club was even featured in Macklemore’s Thrift Shop music video!

The best days out and attractions in Seattle

If you are looking for fun things to do in Seattle – you’re in luck! The city is full of exciting attractions and activities to keep you busy all year round…

Museum of pop culture

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is a super fun day out where you can explore all things music, movies, video games, and art. Inside, you can explore interactive displays, iconic artifacts, and immersive installations that pay homage to legendary musicians, cultural icons, and groundbreaking moments in entertainment history – perfect for a rainy day.


Perfect for college students seeking a refreshing break, the Seattle Aquarium is a relaxing experience that offers an up-close encounter with Pacific Northwest sea life. From mesmerizing underwater exhibits, to enlightening sessions on ocean conservation - the Seattle Aquarium blends education with awe-inspiring entertainment - all conveniently located in the heart of Seattle.

Seattle center

This vibrant urban space is a must-visit for college students. Home to iconic landmarks like the Space Needle, and filled with cool museums, art installations, and lively events - it's your ticket to a blend of culture, entertainment, and relaxation. From concerts to festivals, there's always something exciting happening. Plus, the nearby cafes and chill spots make it the ultimate hangout.

So, there is your ultimate list of the best things to do in Seattle! Let’s get started checking them off.

Still need to sort your accommodation? Don’t worry – there’s still time. Take a look at our selection of affordable student living spaces in Seattle here.