SUSI Residency


Life on Campus and in Seattle


Staying at Seattle University

Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a private, Jesuit university in the Pacific Northwest, ideally situated on 50 acres in the heart of an international city, close to the downtown area, the vibrant and centrally-located Capitol Hill neighborhood, and the International District-Chinatown. Because our mission includes an emphasis on global engagement, Seattle U is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars among master’s institutions.  Complementing our outward orientation is our focus on community service, for which we have received a Presidential Award from the White House, a recognition received by only five universities. Seattle U consistently ranks in the top 10 in the region for academic excellence and teaching, and we are well-recognized for our commitment to sustainability, environmental consciousness, and social justice.


Each apartment features four individual, lockable bedrooms with a desk, chair, and wardrobe; two shared bathrooms; a small kitchen with a stove, full-sized refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave; and wireless internet access. There is a nearby community room with a large-screen TV and kitchen facilities, and an on-site laundry facility.

Mail and packages for you should be sent to the following address: 

Murphy Quad Apartments
Seattle University
1001 East James Way, [your room number]
Seattle, WA 98122

Subsistence and Allowance Information

During the six-week program, SUSI participants will receive several disbursements in cash and/or preloaded Visa cards.  This money is meant to cover:

  1. An allowance for daily meals and incidental expenses (MIE),
  2. An allowance for book and research materials, as well as for admissions to cultural sites and events,
  3. A mailing allowance that you can use to ship books and papers to your home country at the end of the program

Meals and Incidentals (MIE)

Your MIE allowance money is intended to pay for your daily meals and incidental expenses in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, and is calculated in accordance with federal regulations. We have budgeted the maximum legally allowable for MIE in each city.

The Institute will pay for two group meals: the formal welcome banquet and the farewell dinner. For seminar lunches and other group meals, we have subtracted each participant’s share of the meals from the total SUSI MIE. We have tried to keep these meals to a minimum, but we feel that there are specific times when group meals are either necessary or useful—for instance, the meals provided to you in the first few days, before we visit a grocery store, and certain meals when we are traveling. Seattle University usually requires residents to purchase two meals per day, but they have been flexible with us, asking us to load $10 per day on a campus meal card (and not counting weekends). This arrangement required us to deduct $50 per week per participant from the total MIE. The advantage is that you will be able to get breakfast, other meals, and coffee etc. from various convenient locations on campus. If you wish to add more money to your campus card, you may do so by contacting Tonja Brown. 

Official group meals are noted in the calendar. You are responsible to pay for your other meals, including when we eat together but no money has been withheld to cover the cost of your food.

Book and Cultural Allowance

The Institute has paid for the books listed on the syllabus. In addition, we will provide you with a book allowance so that you may purchase other texts that are relevant to the Institute themes and to your personal research project. During the study tours, we will visit some of the best used bookstores in the US; often these are very good places to buy literary and scholarly works at a discount.

Certain cultural events are official parts of the academic program. For such events, money has been withheld from the cultural allowance. Other cultural events are optional. For optional events, you may elect whether or not you would like to participate; if you do participate, you should expect to pay the cost from the cultural allowance you receive. You may also find a cultural event that you would like to attend on your own—e.g., a theater production or a music concert. The cultural allowance is intended to allow you to take advantage of the rare opportunities you might encounter while in the US.

Mailing Allowance

Your cash payments include a mailing allowance for shipment of books and documents to your home country. You will pay your shipping costs with the help of these funds. Seattle University cannot ship your books for you or give you additional funds for shipping. The US Postal Service has a flat rate to ship a box (12” x 12” x 5½” / 30 x 30 x 14 cm) weighing up to 20 pounds / 9 kg for Priority Mailing to international destinations. Price per box range from $90-100 depending on the destination country.

Lodging and Other Expenses

Charges for dormitory housing expenses, nightly lodging expenses on the study tour, and round-trip domestic airfares for Institute trips will be paid directly from the grant to a vendor. Participants are not responsible for any of these charges. However, if you incur additional expenses at hotels (such as phone calls), then you are responsible for these expenses.

We encourage you to use the funds you are given to maximize your experience in the US and to purchase English-language materials for your research and teaching that may be difficult to get in your home countries. However, please also be careful with your money, as we cannot provide you with additional funds if you spend all of your allowance before the next payment or the end of the program.

If you have any questions about the above or any other matters, please feel free to ask the Director or a member of the Institute staff.


We are required to comply with University regulations and US tax laws. Some participants may file a US income tax form to reclaim the withheld amount. At our administrative orientation, we will let you know what parts of your allowance required taxes and how to go about reclaiming the tax.

Local Transportation

While you are of course welcome to take taxis (rare in Seattle—you must call to arrange a ride) or make use of ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft through a mobile-phone app, the cheapest and best way to get around the city is by riding the Metro bus, streetcar, and light rail. Google Maps is an excellent resource for planning routes, as is King County Metro’s Trip Planner.

During the first few days of SUSI, we will be orienting you to public transportation and providing you with an Orca Card.

Seattle University offers free safe rides within one mile of the campus through a program called the Nighthawk Safety Escort. More information about the SU Nighthawk Safety Escort can be found here, Included on their site is a map of the service area, their hours of operation and information on their free downloadable phone app. Their number for service is (206) 398-4295.

Campus Resources

Campus Library

If you bring a laptop computer, you will have wireless access across the entire campus. Please keep in mind that voltage in the US is 110v, so you may need a converter if you have a device/appliance that runs on 220v. You may also need an adapter in order to fit US electrical outlets.


Campus Chapel

Protestant services are held weekly in SU’s Ecumenical Chapel, and our Multifaith Prayer Room is available for Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist prayer.

SU’s campus is also within walking distance of the Seattle Buddhist Temple, located at 1427 S Main St. (a 20-minute walk); Seattle First Baptist Church at 1111 Harvard Ave. (ten minutes); Temple De Hirsch Sinai at 1511 East Pike St. (15 minutes); and others. For more information on religious services in the Greater Seattle Area, please see the attached document from SU’s Campus Ministry.

Download a list of Houses of Worship 2018

Campus Fitness and Recreation Center (UREC)

This state-of-the-art fitness center has everything necessary for your personal exercise regime, as well as offering drop-in group fitness classes all summer. Learn more.

Fitness Center Summer Hours

  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon - 9 p.m.

Lap Swim in the Redhawk Center Pool

  • Monday - Friday: 7:15 - 9:15 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday: Noon - 2 p.m.

Nearby Amenities 


First Hill QFC
1401 Broadway
Phone: (206) 860-3818
Sun – Sat: 5 a.m. – 4 a.m. 

Central Co-Op
1600 E Madison St
Phone: (206) 329-1545
Sun – Mon: 6 a.m. – 12 a.m. 

Trader Joe's
1700 E Madison St
Phone: (206) 322-7268
Sun – Mon: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

First Hill Farmer's Market
9th Ave, between Seneca & University
Every Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.



Postal & Shipping Services

Super Copy at SU
Seattle University Pavilion 010
Mon – Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

U.S. Post Office
301 Union St.
Phone: (800) 275-8777
Mon – Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Sat – Sun: Closed


The UPS Store
1425 Broadway (located in Harvard Market)
Phone: (206) 324-5600
Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Sat: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.




Ba Bar
Vietnamese, Bar, Bakery
550 12th Ave
Phone: (206) 328-2030
Sun – Thu: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. 
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 a.m.

Big Mario's New York Style Pizza
1009 E Pike St
Phone: (206) 922-3875
Sun – Thu: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. 
Fri – Sat: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.   

Bimbos Cantina
Mexican Food (Burritos, Tacos, Nachos)
1013 E Pike St.
Phone: (206) 322-9950
Daily: 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.                                                                                                                                   

Byrek & Baguette
732 12th Ave
Phone: (206) 538-0758
Mon – Sun: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Café Presse
French, Bar, Breakfast & Brunch
1117 12th Ave
Phone: (206) 709-7674
Mon – Sun: 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Chieftain Irish Pub & Restaurant
Salad, Sandwhiches, Pizza 
(All Day Happy Hour)
Phone: (206) 324-4100
Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. 
Sun: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. 

Elephant & Castle
Fish & Chips, Burgers, Nachos
1415 5th Ave.
Phone: (206) 624-9977
Sun – Thu: 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. 
Fri: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
Fri – Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.  


Oma Bap
Korean, Fast Food
1223 E Cherry St
Phone: (206) 538-0080
Mon – Fri: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
Sun: closed 

Panwa Thai
812 12th Ave
Phone: (206) 325-5828
Mon – Sun: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Plum Vegan Bistro
1429 12th Ave
Phone: (206) 838-5333
Mon – Thu: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 
Fri: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
Sat: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
Sun: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Rhein Haus
German, Pub, Beer Garden
912 12th Ave
Phone: (206) 325-5409
Mon – Fri: 3 p.m. – 2 a.m. 
Sat – Sun: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

1009 E Union St
Phone: (206) 325-7437
Sun – Th: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. 
Fri/Sat: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Taste of The Caribbean
1212 E Jefferson St
Phone: (206) 323-9112
Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
Sun: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Cafés and Coffee Shops

Cherry Street Coffee House
Coffee & tea, Sandwhiches, Breakfast & Brunch
1223 E Cherry St.
Phone: (206) 454-3592
Mon – Fri: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Sat – Sun: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Niche Gluten Free Cafe & Bakery
Coffee, Bakery, Gluten Free
808 12th Ave.
Phone: (206) 999-2801
Mon: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Tue – Sun: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.



Cafe, Bike Repair/Maintenance
1220 E Jefferson St.
Phone: (206) 569-4265
Tue – Fri: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Sun – Mon: closed

Seattle-based coffeehouse chain
800 12th Ave
Phone: (206) 329-8028
Tue – Fri: 5 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Sat: 5:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Sun: 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Discount Shopping

Ross Dress for Less
Brand name clothes, home goods
301 Pike St.
Phone: (206) 623-6781
Sun: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 
Mon – Sat: 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

T.J. Maxx
Brand name clothes, home goods
1419 3rd Ave.
Phone: (206) 262-1736
Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Mon – Sat: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Nordstrom Rack
400 Pine Street
Phone: (206) 448-8522
Sun: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Sat 8 
Mon – Fri: 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.                                                                                                                                      


The Elliot Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave
Phone: (206) 624-6600
Mon – Thu: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
Sun: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.



Seattle University Bookstore
823 12th Ave
Phone: (206) 296-5821
Mon – Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Sun: Closed


The SUSI Team