Where to live near Microsoft

Uber yGKC82
Jun 11, 2018 14 Comments

Hey everyone, working at Microsoft in Seattle as a new grad soon.
Any recommendations for where to live near? Don’t want roommates and not too concerned with budget (hoping under 2200 a month).

I want to be able to go out and be near nightlife (bars/clubs), so maybe Seattle is better? But also unsure how bad the commute is from the Capitol Hill area.

Also hoping to go to a good gym but maybe there is one near the office anyway.

I want to be able to work long hours in order to focus on my career too though.

Any recommendations?


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TOP 14 Comments
  • LinkedIn foobar123$
    Jun 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft THAT-Guy
    Also, spend your Stayfit allowance on a bike and ride 4x a week. Workout done! 😀
    Jun 11, 2018 2
    • Esri / Eng o__O1
      Do people bike in the rain?
      Jun 12, 2018
    • Microsoft naaam
      There is no such thing called rain. It's liquid sunshine 😀
      Jun 12, 2018
  • Microsoft THAT-Guy
    Check out the MS Connector site. The commute aren't bad if you aren't driving. Belltown, Cap Hill, Ballard - - all the usual suspects will be fine. If you move to the rest side, it's quieter. Bellevue has bars and such, but it's still boring af. I live on the east side, but I'm old and married and chose a yard over excitement.
    Jun 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft bingotime
    Maybe try Seattle for a couple of months and see how you feel? Idk if I'm the minority but I ended up moving to Redmond after getting tired of the commute and loud noises at night.
    Jun 11, 2018 1
    • Microsoft qbys57
      I’ve done both Bellevue and Seattle. More to do in Seattle but the Bellevue-Redmond commute was so much better
      Jun 11, 2018
  • Microsoft EoXO20
    If u want to work long hours you probably won’t have much nightlife anyway mon to thurs
    Jun 11, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng WRyY10
    Hour commute around rush hour. GL finding rent that cheap... you will probably have to pay more. Personally I’d say live in Redmond for great commute and then go to Seattle when you like. It’s right there. No reason to actually live there, unless you really like cities a lot
    Jun 11, 2018 4
    • Microsoft DaAX46
      Strong disagree. I live in a very nice and spacious 1 bedroom right in Cap Hill for 1600 a month. Older building, not cheap, but well below OP’s target. The commute is not that bad, and there’s always the connector. Seattle isn’t “right there”, it’s 25-30 minutes away. Potentially in an Uber. Not exactly convenient. If you’re a new kid in town and trying to socialize definitely live in the city.
      Jun 12, 2018
    • Microsoft DaAX46
      Also commute is only an hour sometimes on the way back. Morning commute is way less, like 35 minutes to Redmond.
      Jun 12, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng WRyY10
      It’s all preference in the end but I’m pretty skeptical about your commute times on average. Also yeah I think rent could be cheaper than I was considering ... I was only looking at 2 br
      Jun 12, 2018
    • Microsoft DaAX46
      I work out of Bellevue, I know it takes me about 25 minutes in the morning +/- 5 with traffic. I’m estimating for Redmond, but I’ve done that drive a few times as well to drop off friends on a carpool so I don’t think I’m too far off base. I take the toll bridge btw.

      The trip back is a big wildcard. Can be an hour, can be fine. I usually have to hunt for parking for a little bit when I get home too since my building doesn’t have a parking space for me. These are fair considerations, but I still think he should live in the city.
      Jun 20, 2018
  • Microsoft naaam
    Work hard during weekdays staying on Eastside. Go party weekends bussing/driving to shitty Seattle.
    Jun 12, 2018 0


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