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:


The Arcata City Council, staff and police want you to know that we work hard to respect the dignity of ALL people. We want our town to be safe and welcoming to all students. We support DACA students and wish all HSU students success in pursuing their dreams.

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!
Arcata Mayor Susan Ornelas signature

Susan Ornelas
Mayor, City of Arcata