Life in Pullman, Washington

Life in Pullman, Washington

Pullman: A beautiful place to be

A classic college town, Pullman is a picturesque community of friendly residents, unique experiences and a vibrant student-centered culture. The city sits nestled amidst golden hills in the midst of the golden Palouse region. The rich agricultural destination has a small-town feel mixed with cosmopolitan amenities.

Among its many awards, Pullman has been named one of America's safest college towns, a top city for green transportation and one of the fastest growing cities in Washington. It’s also been recognized as a technology hub thanks to electrical engineering being a key ccupation in the area. Pullman is also a great outdoor city and has 17 distinct parks and natural areas covering more than 145 acres of land.

eating out in Pullman, Washington

Great food options in Pullman

Food options everywhere

Looking for great Italian or a quick sandwich before class? Pullman has a variety of restaurants around town offering options for every craving you may have. Get to know more of Pullman’s best eateries:

  • Basilios Italian Café
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Café Moro
  • Cooky’s European Deli
  • Daily Grind
  • Heros and Sports
  • Main Street Smoothie
  • Mandarin House
  • My Office Bar & Grill
  • Old Post Office Wine Bar & Restaurant
  • Pizza Perfection
  • Pizza Pipeline
  • Quiznos
  • The Black Cypress
  • Foundry Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Southfork Public House
  • Porch Light Pizza
  • Golden Teriyaki
  • Cougar Country Drive-In
  • Taqueria Chaparrito

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Music in Pullman

Outdoor events all around town

Cool things to do

As far as nightlife goes, because Pullman is a college town, the city has a bustling nightlife full of bars with strong-yet-cheap drinks and venues that keep the party going late into the night. Here are some of Pullman’s best hotspots to visit when the sun goes down:

  • Etsi Bravo
  • Nomads Hookah Lounge
  • The Coug
  • Stubblefields
  • The ZZU Bar & Grill
  • Birch & Barley
  • Rico's Pub
  • Corner Club
  • Garden Lounge
  • Southfork Public House
  • My Office Bar & Grill
  • John's Alley Tavern
  • Star Sing Karaoke

Getting around town

Pullman is divided into four quadrants and is separated by Main Street and Grand Avenue. Any address with a NW in the name is on Military Hill and any with a SW is on Sunnyside Hill. Streets with SE addresses are on Pioneer Hill and NE is College Hill. And getting around is easy, whether you have a car or not. For students, the Pullman Transit buses are free and they take you to destinations on and off campus. If you need to rent a car, Zipcars are available around campus and can be reserved for one hour or a few days. Bike rents are also offered to students for free on a daily basis.

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Things to do in Pullman

There's no shortage of things to do in Pullman

Festivals and events in Pullman

Pullman and its surrounding areas are home to various events and festivals throughout the years. From tulip fests to its annual 4th of July Celebration and the state fair, Washington is filled with plenty to keep you busy all year long. Below are more events to check out:

  • Chocolate Decadence Festival
  • Pullman Farmers Market
  • 4th of July Celebration
  • National Lentil Festival
  • Holiday Fest & Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Seattle Boat Show
  • Seattle St Patrick's Day Celebration
  • Victorian Heritage Festival
  • Daffodil Festival Floral Street Parade
  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Lilac Bloomsday Run
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Hoopfest
  • Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest
  • Raspberry Festival
  • Washington State Fair
  • Leavenworth Oktoberfest

Shopping in Pullman

There are plenty of places to shop in Pullman, many locations near the WSU campus:

  • Wheatland Shopping Center
  • Corner Market Adams Mall
  • 123 Dance Boutique
  • At Home Design
  • B & L Bicycles
  • Brused Books
  • Creative Image
  • Design Effects
  • Grand Avenue Nails
  • Hi Tech Nails
  • Identity Salon & Day Spa
  • 4Krazy Kats
  • Lilly Bee’s Consignment
  • Merry Cellars Winery
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Neill’s Flowers & Gifts
  • Pullman Gallery & Studios
  • Pullman Honda
  • Prune Orchard
  • Quilted Heart
  • Rockstar Tanning & Salon
  • Sam Dial Jewelers
  • Shear Heaven
  • Shirt Shack
  • Straight Up Fashions
  • Stylz n’ Smylz
  • The Fly Shop
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Employability in Pullman

Pullman is a great launching pad for your future career. The city and surrounding areas are home to some of the biggest employers in the country including companies such as Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and Starbucks.

  • Costco Wholesale
  • Microsoft
  • Starbucks
  • Paccar
  • Nordstrom
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Expedia
  • Expeditors International of Washington
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Pullman Regional Hospital
  • Gritman Medical Center
  • Nintendo
  • REI
  • Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative