Relocating to redmond

Microsoft / Eng pinky12
Aug 30 12 Comments

I will be relocating to seattle soon from India. Give me some pro tips. Not looking for work tips.

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  • Microsoft
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    BIO
    #1 in Prestige
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    Protip: don’t live in Redmond proper

    If you have a family, live in Bellevue or Kirkland. Maybe Ballard.

    If you’re young, live in Capitol Hill or Belltown.

    You don’t need a car. The public buses are good enough for our CFO. They’re good enough for you. And they’re free for MSFT employees.

    Find an apartment that doesn’t raise rents higher than market prices each year and that relies on you being too lazy to move. Many utilize this trick. It’s evil.

    Don’t get Comcast internet. Find a place with a provider other than Comcast.

    Take the cash lump sum not the relocation assistance.

    Don’t believe the lies. You need AC in Seattle, but it’s uncommon. You can get a window or portable unit though. Make sure to consider this when getting an apartment.

    We have discounts with every phone carrier.

    Open an account with first tech federal credit union at The Commons. They will help you get started building credit very quickly. Get a credit card through them too. Charge as much as possible to it, and pay in full each month.

    Opt for the Premera insurance. It’s way better especially in the worst case. Max the HSA and never withdraw if you can help it.

    There are plenty of homeless people in parts of Seattle but don’t worry they’re not a problem. They won’t confront you. It’s not dangerous. Just avoid them.
    Aug 30 3
    • VMware about
      Why not live in Redmond? Is it because it's quiet?
      Aug 30
    • Microsoft
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      Microsoft

      BIO
      #1 in Prestige
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      It’s overpriced because you’re competing with other MSFT employees. There’s nothing there but work.
      Aug 30
    • Apple woodkid
      Great answer.
      Aug 30
  • Microsoft / Product
    Bow

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    Bowmore
    If you're young, live in Seattle or Bellevue
    Aug 30 2
    • New / Strategy Porsche996
      I was about to don't move to Seattle if you're single.
      Aug 30
    • Lyft !lyft
      I agree with this suggestion. If you are young or single then live in Seattle city. It's much more fun than Redmond suburbs.
      Aug 30
  • Microsoft coconutt
    You are arriving when it is starting to get colder. If you are ok with the cold after reaching March, you are set.
    Aug 30 0
  • SAP RrWs73
    Consider Bellevue near the Crossroads Mall. Lots of Indian stores and restaurants
    Aug 30 0
  • VMware about
    Me too, I will be moving to Redmond.
    Aug 30 0
  • Why not Comcast? Is CenturyLink better?
    Aug 30 1
    • Microsoft coconutt
      Marginally, but yes
      Aug 30