Downtown Spokane is vibrant and energetic, with shopping, diverse dining, and numerous entertainment venues of all kinds. The Inland Northwest Center for Writers, located in Spokane's U District bordering downtown, is not only close to the main student residential area of Spokane, but is also tightly knit into the arts community. Voice Over, the program's monthly student and faculty reading events, are held at the Empyrean Coffeehouse, one of many area hangouts for students and professors after classes.
Many students in the MFA program live in Browne's Addition, a residential area less than seven blocks from the center of downtown. Public transportation, which is usually free for students, is also very efficient, and the Spokane Regional Transportation Commission is helping to implement more bike- and pedestrian-friendly transportation resources for the area.
All in all, Spokane is a great city to live in. The climate is temperate and the rents are affordable. Spokane features all the major amenities of the largest metro areas without all the congestive traffic, crowded plazas, or crime. The city is home to championship sports teams, a revived downtown, highly-rated hospitals, and almost 3,500 acres of parks. Concerts, Broadway shows, plays, First Friday artwalks, and the annual Get Lit! Literary Festival are some of the events that happen downtown.