Welcome, HSU Students!

Welcome to Arcata!

Dear Students,

As your Mayor and an alumnus of Humboldt State University, I’d like to be among the first to welcome you to Arcata! If you’re a returning student, welcome back! It’s people like you who help us create a more diverse and vibrant community. While you’re here, I encourage you to get to know your City and neighbors and to share your ideas to help us make Arcata the best we can be. During your time here, I know you’ll love exploring some of the amazing parks and community events Arcata has to offer. We’ve taken the time to put together some information to help you get started:

Things to Do in 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 Department Chair to find out about interning with us.
  • 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 non-profits do amazing work.
  • I invite you to come to an Arcata City Council, Committee or Commission meeting. This is your government at work and your participation is welcome. All meetings are free and open to the public. Visit this webpage for details.

Whether you are a local or a newcomer, I know you will love Arcata as much as I do through your experience at Humboldt State University and the community of Arcata. As your Mayor, I’m always available to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there’s ever anything I can do for you.

I hope to see you around town!


Brett Watson
Mayor, City of Arcata