Welcome, HSU Students!
Welcome to Arcata!
If this is your first year at Humboldt State University (HSU), welcome to Arcata! If you’re a returning student, welcome back! On behalf of the city of Arcata, thank you for choosing Arcata as your home during your time at HSU and becoming a vital part of our community. Arcata is the great community it is largely because you bring - your enthusiasm for learning, your desire to lead, and your drive for making the world a better place.
Our redwood trees and coastline may have attracted you to Humboldt State - it was a draw for me as well - so I hope you explore the beautiful area and take advantage of what our community has to offer. Arcata has its own Community Forest (check out our free Arcata mobile device map). Arcata has regular events on the downtown Plaza (Arcata Main Street has a great list)! Our most popular event is the Farmers Market from 9am-2pm on Saturdays, which I consider to be the best in California (no need to fact check this, I’m sure it’s objectively true). HSU students and professors played a large role in creating the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary which the new Humboldt Bay Trail North runs through. To get around town you can use your JackPass to use public transit (you can use the Transit app), or use Zagster bike share, Zipcar, and Uber to get around town. We are a bike and pedestrian friendly city so explore Arcata by bike and foot.
Humboldt State’s focus on environmental and social justice may have drawn you here too! Those values are Arcata values as well. There are folks in Arcata who work every day to uphold these values for a sustainable and inclusive community. Arcata has a rich history of civic engagement, activism, and social change and because of Humboldt State and students like yourself, Arcata has benefited from new ideas and fresh perspectives. The City of Arcata is partnering with HSU, businesses and local groups to remove barriers to success. One of the efforts is through Equity Arcata, an initiative to create a safe, welcoming, and racially equitable community. While there’s always more work to be done, one of Arcata’s greatest strengths is our drive for progress.
Your time as a student is a great time to explore new ideas and grow as an advocate and a leader. While there are hundreds of ways to get involved on campus, we hope you stay engaged in the larger Arcata community! With all your unique skills and ideas, I hope you find fulfilling work to do while you’re here. If you have a big idea to share or a question, please feel free to contact me or any member of the Arcata City Council. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you out in the community!
Mayor, City of Arcata
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.