The dog-friendly waterfront parks and walking trails are just two advantages of living in the biggest Northwestern city, not to mention that Mt. Rainier National Park is practically a stone’s throw away. Still, you need to move first to enjoy these perks. Start looking for an apartment now if you haven’t, and read our tips on moving on a budget!

Take the Area into Account

Which area are you moving to? If you don’t know yet, you probably realize different areas have different prices. Madison Park and Mercer Island are the most expensive areas. There are places suitable for families east of 15th Avenue. Finally, Puget Ridge and Upper Rainier Beach are great value for money.

Budgeting: Public Transport

Buy an ORCA card for various discounts, and get a bike. Riding your bike around the city can be a great option depending on where you live and work. The Emerald City also has a bike sharing scheme. If you get a place that’s near to where you work, you can ride your bike or even walk to work.

As it can be hard to budget for your move, here are some basic facts about the average cost of living in Seattle to keep in mind.

Costs of Living

It costs $2,390 to rent a 2-bedroom apartment and $1,800 to rent a 1-bedroom one on average. The average utility cost for a 1000 square foot apartment is around $170. Monthly transit passes range from $70-$120 for adults, depending on how far you travel.

Finally, locals spend just over a tenth of their household budget on food. Of this food budget, 41.7 % is spent on dining out. Restaurants here are more expensive than the national average.

See the Apartment in Person

Never give up a rent deposit based on an online ad. Like everywhere else, there are quite a few rental scams online here.

Seattle’s cosmopolitan vibe attracts different people from all over the world like a magnet. We promise you your move to Seattle will be worth it.