Welcome, HSU Students!
Welcome to Arcata!
On behalf of the Arcata City Council and City staff, I welcome you to Arcata. We are pleased that you are pursuing your life goals here at Humboldt State University and appreciate what you bring - the uniqueness of you!
Like HSU’s community, Arcatans care deeply about pursuing education, protecting the environment and building a more just society.
While you’re here, I encourage you to get to know your city government and neighbors. Please share your ideas to help our populace further instill the values of human dignity, moral responsibility and environmental stewardship.
Things to Do in Arcata:
I encourage you to study hard, but everyone needs play, fresh air, exercise and plain old fun! Below are some ideas from the locals.
- Arcata has its own Community Forest that connects to campus. Hike, bike or run on its 11 trail miles! Here’s a handy Arcata Community Forest trails map and a free Arcata mobile device map to help you find your way.
- Arcata has great events on the downtown Plaza! From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday mornings, come to the Farmers Market, one of the best in the state! Hula hoop, enjoy live music and buy fresh fruits and vegetables. The Market accepts EBT.
- The Plaza has other upcoming events - the North Country Fair on September 16-17 and Pastels on the Plaza on October 7. Grab a friend and enjoy fun, music, art and community.
- Another not-to-be-missed event is the I Block Party - a celebration of Arcata's 32-year Sister City relationship with Camoapa, Nicaragua. This party is held on I Street, between 10th and 11th streets, on Monday, September 4 from noon to 6 p.m. Dance! Eat! Enjoy!
- Check out the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, which HSU students and professors helped create. It’s a world famous birder’s paradise that helps clean Arcata’s wastewater. Here's another helpful Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary Trail Map.
- Come to a City volunteer work day in one of our beautiful open spaces and meet some dedicated community members. You play a necessary role in these efforts and are truly appreciated!
Remember: “National Geographic Adventure” magazine calls Arcata one of the 50 next great adventure towns. HSU is in the midst of some of the last, great North American redwood forests, an area with over 1.5 million acres of forest lands and 110 miles of coastline. Get out there and explore!
Helpful Tips & City Info:
- Want to work part-time for the City? Sign up for eNotifications on this website or contact HSU’s Center for Community Based Learning or your academic department to find out about interning with us.
- There are many nonprofits and businesses in the area that hire interns and part-time employees. Check out northerncalifornianonprofits.org and talk to local businesses about opportunities.
- When moving in or out of dorms or apartments, remember our local thrift stores and recycling centers. They have great deals, some of them pick up large furniture donations, and your purchases help local non-profits do amazing work.
- Interested in politics? As a small town we are very approachable! Come to an Arcata City Council, committee or commission meeting. This is your local government at work and your participation is welcome. All meetings are free and open to the public.
Please be sure to speak up if you are having problems academically, socially or legally. HSU faculty and staff are available to help you and the Arcata City Council wants to know how we can help you be more successful. We believe this country is best served with an educated people and are so happy you chose Humboldt State University!
See you around town!
Mayor, City of Arcata